Under 19s at the NEVZA (Northern European Volleyball Zonal Association) Championships.
The pair added four more International Caps to their tally, which have been racked up during other international tournaments across Europe, throughout the different junior age groups. The team finished 6th out of 7 teams and both Fran and Jessica played instrumental parts in their teams successes. Considering England were the only country in the tournament where volleyball is not a professional sport, the girls did a great job to take sets off Denmark and Iceland and beat Faroe Islands 3-2.
Jessica said, following her return to College, “It is a huge honour representing your country; it means so much to stand there and sing the national anthem”.
Fran and Jessica both play in the women's first team of local club, Tendring Volleyball Club, in the highest league in the country – Super 8’s.
Both girls are considering playing volleyball elsewhere in the next couple of years – Fran would like to get a professional contract in Europe and Jessica would like to start her university studies in America, whilst playing through their extensive scholarship programmes.
Jack Nash (12BBa) spent his half term playing in the Under 17 tournament equivalent in Kettering.
Jack’s team finished 5th, again managing to take a set off Norway and beating both Faroe Islands and Iceland 3-2. Jack appeared in every game, gaining valuable match experience – crucial in his bid to cement his starting position in the men's second team for TVC.
He was also named Most Valuable Player in the game against Faroe Islands, after getting the winning block for his team.
Jack had another opportunity to represent England earlier this year, when he and Sophie Lane (12GTh), competed for England Juniors at the Sainsburys School Games in Manchester. Sophie represented her country for the first time and helped her team win a silver medal at the Games; Jack’s team won gold at the tournament.
Sophie captains the women's second team at the club and is part of the schools Volleyball Academy.