2012/13 YS Men’s National Team Programme

The competition phase

The YS Men’s programme has been working away quietly in the background in preparation for the next SCD European Championships.  In our first entry in 2012, the programme had a mere four months to be ready…..this time we have had a very industrious Winter schedule, and May 2013  sees the arrival of the competition phase.

There are two events planned for May – Saturday 11th there was a five team tournament held in Wishaw Sports Centre.  The participants were two teams from the YS Programme (Scotland Blue and White), teams from Su Ragazzi and Jets Volleyball Clubs, and the willing travellers from Orkney Volleyball Club

The schedule for the day was a brutal round-robin where all of the teams played each other, then a final, and a 3rd- 4th play-off.  Five matches in one day…..super tough!  The intention was to place our young players under as much pressure as possible,  so they had to ‘dig deep’ and learn to focus under pressure.  They did.  In the tournament final Scotland Blue narrowly lost out to event winners Su Ragazzi, while in the 3rd-4th play-off Scotland White lost a nail biting third set  17-19 to Jets.   A good day all round, made even better by the support offered by match officials Grant McIntyre and Laura McReady

Competition event number 2 is on Saturday 18th May.  It’s a three team mini-tournament, which will be supported by Glasgow Mets, and South Ayrshire Volleyball Clubs.  The support of the top division clubs in the YS programme is greatly appreciated.  The event will be held at Coltness High School in Wishaw, and it would be good if you were able to come along and encourage the players.  The Scotland team selected for the event is;

Scotland Team

Position Name Club
Setters Marc McLaughlin Su Ragazzi VC
Matthew Agius City of Edinburgh VC
Off Setters Regan Kidd South Ayrshire VC
Connal Tennant City of Edinburgh VC
Middle Blockers    Ross McKelvie South Ayrshire VC
Fergus Sutherland    NUVOC
Euan Gibson City of Edinburgh VC
Swing Hitters Scott Wilson (Captain) South Ayrshire VC
Jordan Scott Su Ragazzi VC
Power Hitters Conor Walker Su Ragazzi VC
Chris McHardy City of Edinburgh VC
Libero Stuart McKenzie Su Ragazzi VC
Coaches Thomas Dowens Head Coach
Simon Coleman Assistant Coach
Liam Fleming South Ayrshire VC

The schedule for the day is listed below, you will be most welcome if you come along to see one match, or stay for the duration.

On a final note I would like to acknowledge the contribution made to the success of the programme by the parents who travel endless miles to ferry the players to the practice gyms, and match venues.  Your support is very much appreciated.


Thomas Dowens
Head Coach Men’s YS Programme


Match Information

Match FBS Teams Officials
1 10.15     Scotland v South Ayrshire Mets
2 12.00 South Ayrshire v Glasgow Mets     Scotland
3 13.30 Scotland v Glasgow Mets South