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

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. In Nottingham he has take a peronalised approach, creating devlopment plans for each player. Coaches use this as a tool to follow the steps to achieve individual goals in all levels of the programme. 

  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

Noah Goalen

Noah Goalen 

Studying: 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 is 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 is also a high achieving mathematics university that will challenge me and help me achieve my academic career goals"
Molly O'Hagan

Molly O'Hagan 

Studying: 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