Department of Sport

Performance Volleyball

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Performance Volleyball




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. 

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. 

Volleyball at the University of Nottingham


Freddie Fairbairn - University of Nottingham - Volleyball Head Coach

Performance Coaching

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 in his first full year with a BUCS National Championship with the men's first team in 2022.

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.


  Contact Freddie Fairbairn  



Performance training 

  • 3 weekly court sessions (2 hours each)
  • 2 weekly strength & conditioning sessions (90 min each)
  • Options for individual sessions
  • Regular performance analysis 


  • 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

Performance facilities



Athlete profiles

Noah Goalen

Noah Goalen 

Studied: Maths BSc

Volleyball background: Richmond Volleyball Club where we won an U15, U16 and two U18 national championships. Started for the Richmond Docklands men's team in the English Super League. Junior National team training program. 

Top achievements: 4 junior national indoor volleyball titles and 3 junior national beach volleyball titles. England U19 in the Northern European indoor volleyball championships and the U18 European beach volleyball championships.

"The University of Nottingham was the ideal place for me to develop as an athlete due to the state of the art sporting facilities and the professional performance sport staff. It was also a high achieving mathematics university that challenged me to help me achieve my academic career goals"
Molly O'Hagan

Molly O'Hagan 

Studied: International Tourism Management and Marketing

Volleyball background: NCCA Division 1

Top achievements: Named MVP of WAC tournament and advancing to first round of NCAA tournament. 

"I want to improve as much as I can during my time at Nottingham through playing challenging opposition and making the most of the sport specific S&C training. I also want to further my teamwork skills by working with new people."



University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000