University of Nottingham's volleyball programme is an ambitious exciting set up, with excellent coaching and world-class facilities at the £40 million David Ross Sports Village including the state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facilities in the High Performance Zone.

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Performance Volleyball

Why Nottingham?

Elite players join a large thriving club, with strong links to Volleyball England through the Higher Education Volleyball Officer programme and several social and beginner sessions.

The programme is also part of Volleyball England's Senior Academy network (silver status) and the University works closely alongside the National Governing Body to offer elite training and competitive opportunities for talented athletes. 

Performance Volleyball at UoN Sport

Supporting our student-athletes

Our Performance Volleyball Programme

done 3 weekly court sessions (2 hours each)
done 2 weekly strength & conditioning sessions (90 min each)

Video and Data Performance Analysis

done 7 international-standard competition courts
done 4 beach volleyball courts

High Performance Zone for Strength & Conditioning

done On-site Sports Injury Clinic with specialist sports physiotherapy, sports massage support and plunge pool
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Representing the #GreenandGold


  • 2022/23 BUCS National Championship runners-up (Women)
  • 2021/22 BUCS National Champions (Men)
  • 2021/22 BUCS Beach Champions (Men)
  • 2018/19- BUCS Beach Bronze in Championship, East Midlands division 2A winners (Women 2)
  • 2017/18 - National League D1 Champions and promotion to the Super League (Women 1)
  • 2016/17 - National League D3N champions and promotion to D2N (Women 1 and Men 1)
  • 2015/16 - BUCS Midlands 1A champions and promotion to Premier North - Women 1
  • 2014/15 - BUCS Midlands 1A champions and promotion to Premier North - Men 1


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High Performance Zone - University of Nottingham Performance Facilities

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Performance Coaching

Freddie Fairbairn - Head Coach

Freddie Fairbairn stepped up into the head coach role in 2021 after 3 years as assistant coach in the program, having lead our beach volleyball teams to BUCS medals. Success continued as the men's first team claimed the BUCS National Championship and Beach Championship in 2022, before the women's first team reached the BUCS National final in 2023.

Freddie has a wealth of experience in the university sector and National Team pathway, having coached the England Cadets to a European silver medal in 2019 and being appointed to the England Junior Women’s Beach programme in 2021. He brings his knowledge of developing athletes and performance volleyball together to push the program forward both indoors and on the beach.

Freddie Fairbairn - Head of Performance Volleyball