Lucy Wicks is part of the Team GB Volleyball team

Lucy Wicks is part of the Team GB Volleyball team

Volleyball is a really diverse sport; from indoor volleyball to beach, sitting and outdoors, it can be played throughout the year and is a great way to tone up and get fit during the winter months. 

Lucy Wicks competed in the London 2012 Olympic Games on the GB indoor women’s volleyball team.

Here she answers the questions about why Volleyball is good for our fitness levels. 

What are main fitness benefits of playing volleyball?

“It’s a great sport to keep you quick and agile. It involves quite a bit of movement over short distances with changes of direction. A lot of the action takes place whilst you are in the air and keeping control of your body and moving your limbs in a coordinated way mid-flight can be a good work out for your core and back muscles too.”

Do you have any tips for beginners who have never played before?

“At first some of the volleyball skills may seem quite complex and difficult, but don’t give up, it will come and it’s definitely fun while trying.”

How do you prepare for a game?

“I always go through the game plan before I leave for a game and write down 2-3 key goals that I want to get out of the game. I will then always have a cup of coffee and a banana as my pre game snack and then I am ready to play.”

Go Spike is the national campaign by Volleyball England to get more people across the country playing volleyball. Go Spike volleyball sessions allow people to turn up and try volleyball completely free of charge and commitment free.

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