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Volleyball boys lead the way at the Sainsbury’s Games

(Photos and text by Greenhouse Sports Head Coach Ashley Trodden)

The Sainsbury’s School Games is a prestigious multi-sport event (12 sports) for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age (approximately 1600 athletes competed and 700 coaches, support staff and volunteers made the event possible). The competition re-enforces the experience of the London 2012 Games complete with an athletes village, opening and closing ceremonies and many sports.


We had four Greenhouse Sports from Ernest Bevin College participants competing in the volleyball competition. Ali Ahmed, Dimetrie Grey and Freddie Bialokoz represented the England Cadets. Arran Simon was representing the England Juniors. I was also Assistant Coach of the England Juniors.

Arran and his squad won gold, defeating Scotland West in the final 2-0 (25-14, 25-22). He was also selected as a ‘Super Six’ player of the competition essentially making him one of the six best players across the UK. It was a fantastic event and an amazing experience for the young people involved.

The teamwork, sporting skill, determination and leadership shown by these four participants is a reflection of how far they have come, and it was a proud moment for me to see them giving their all at the Sainsbury’s Games.¬†Well done!