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



Rogerio Ponticelli 

U18 champion of the Brazilian National League as a player. He started his career as a coach in 1995 and reached the Brazilian National League Championships as a level III FIVB coach. He coached England Boys U18 team from 2010 to 2013. From 2014 to 2017 Rogerio coached the Icelandic National Men's Team, becoming European Vice-Champion in 2015 and Olympic Vice-Champion for Small Nations in 2016.

He led Iceland to participate in the World Volleyball Championship for the first time in 2017. He is now looking forward to achieving success at his new home at the University of Nottingham!


 Contact Rogerio Ponticelli  



Performance training 

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


  • 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

Karesten Staples

Karsten Staples 

Studying: MSC Information Systems and Operations Management 

Volleyball background: NCAA Division 1 

Top achievements: 

I’m excited for the opportunity to develop as a leader of the men’s volleyball team. As an NCAA student athlete I was a part of a competitive program that taught me to work hard every day. I want to bring that same energy to the volleyball club and improve the experience of my teammates. I’m looking forward to representing the university across England in BUCS and NVL competition.
Anna Keffe

Anna Keffe

Studying: Politics and International Relations 

Volleyball background: Richmond Volleyball Club

Top achievements: England U17s and U19s, representing England internationally at NEVZA competitions, winning the u18 national championships in 2018 and being awarded MVP for the match

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