Greenhouse runs one volleyball programme in South London in partnership with Volleyball England.
Volleyball Head Coach, Ashley Trodden, works full time in Ernest Bevin College running sessions before, during and after school, at weekends and in the holidays.
Ashley is currently the Volleyball England Great Britain Mens Sitting Volleyball Head Coach, having previously been the assistant coach for the men’s team at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
For 18 months prior to the Paralympics Ashley was in charge of ‘Project Roehampton’ for 10 elite sitting volleyball players (5 men, 5 women) based at Roehampton University, which helped both the men’s and women’s squads compete at the highest level.
Sitting volleyball is traditionally an adapted game for people with disabilities and is a vehicle for players returning from injury during rehabilitation. Domestically however, in many leagues around the world it is fully inclusive with males and females, disabled and non-disabled players competing alongside each other.
Ashley still plays volleyball domestically at a high level representing the Malory Eagles VC based at the college in the Volleyball England Super 8s division. He also has six international caps for the England Senior Volleyball Team.
He has twice (2011 and 2012) been a finalist for the Sports Coach UK Young Coach of the Year award and won the the Active Wandsworth Young Coach of the Year award in 2011.
Ashley said: “Here at Greenhouse it’s great to be developing the sport at grass roots level and training the potential stars of the future. But it’s also about more than that, it’s about encouraging young people to try the sport in the hope that they will love it as much as I do.”
See video of the players on the Greenhouse programme