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Volleyball players

Our Volleyball Academy has built up a reputation for helping to take students to the next level.

Players will follow a structured programme that is planned out a year in advance in which training takes place up to four times a week. Students can expect to take part in regular competitions with other teams both regionally and nationally. Coach Paul Welsh has led the Academy team to multiple National titles and success in the Tees Valley and North East Leagues on numerous occasions.

Meet the Coaches

Paul Welsh
Paul Welsh – Head Volleyball Coach

Paul has over 20 years experience of playing volleyball and has been coaching volleyball in colleges and Universities since he retired from the sport. he has won multiple national titles in that time. Throughout his time coaching at the College he has lead the team to multiple National titles and success in the Tees Valley and North East leagues.

Paul has also worked with the England National Team and Senior Women’s squad for the past six years preparing for international competitions, as well as having coached the England U19 Junior women’s programme and both the men’s and women’s programmes and Northumbria university.


Katie Norton
Katie Norton – Volleyball Coach

Katie first played volleyball when she studied at Middlesbrough College, working towards her Level 1 coaching qualification. Katie continued to play volleyball throughout her time at university. Once she graduated, she came back to the College to coach volleyball at the Academy.

Volleyball Academy FAQs

We are TASS Dual Career Accredited

TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) is an athletic support programme, which helps talented athletes to balance their sport and studies, with the goal of them being able to reach their potential in both. The programme is open to all elite athletes on any course at Middlesbrough College, not just Sports and Leisure courses. For more information, contact the Sports Admin Team on 01642 333772 or

Dual Career Accredited TASS

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