Galway Volleyball Club
Galway Volleyball Club was established when players from the Galway Girls team based in Loughrea joined forces with the NUIG student team in 2012.
Arkadiusz Natalicz started PVG in late 2014 when the Polish priest invited those who attend polish masses to join sports activities. Our first friendly game was with NUIG in Kingfisher 15/03/2015, with Darek Nowak as head coach. We won the game 3:0 and the appetite to participate grew even higher. In the last week of March 2015, The PVG was registered with Galway City Council as Non Profit Sport Club. Our aim was to take part in the West Mix League so we organized a party in Róisín Dubh to get money for a start. We received our first Official uniforms in August and registered with Volleyball A.I. Sep 2015 and came second in the October 2015/16 Mix League. We were delighted that Piotr Gruszka, famous polish volleyball player wished us luck!!
In 2016/17 we were participating in Mix League (2nd place) and Division 2 Men's League (5th place).
In 2017/18 we were participating in Mix League (1st place) and Division 2 Men's League (6th place).
In our first year of activities, we won the intermediate championships and achieved the promotion to the Premier League in our first year.
Two of our players won the prize as All Stars players (Katerina Axaopoulou and Amanda Molloy).
We won the Association Cup.
We won the Association Shield final, along with an All Star prize for Lucie Ruzickova.
We did the double, winning premier league and association cup, along with 3 All stars prizes for Hana Novackova, Giulia Trivellin and Lucie Ruzickova.
We won the Association Shield along with 2 All stars for Ivana Dogan and Katerina Axaopoulou.
Since taking over Galway Volleyball Club in 2017 - Lee our head coach from Tribes Volleyball centre is Volleyball Ireland's Regional Development Officer and Junior Beach Volleyball head coach for the West of Ireland. Over the last 5 years GVC has worked closely with Volleyball Ireland, Galway Sports Partnership, local schools and communities to provide a safe, fun environment for all ages. In order to achieve this, as a club we trained in the highest coaching achilleate in Ireland and are certified in tier 3 Coach Development Programme and levels 1-3 Safeguarding to protect our youth.
GVC junior teams won the U16 Girls League in 2021/22, the Women Development League in 2021/22 and got bronze in 2022/23, and won the Men Development League in 2022/23.
Galway Volleyball Club also were awarded the Youth Development Award 2021/2022 by Volleyball Ireland at the Awards in Dublin this year.
In 2022, Lee was head coach for the under 22's Irish Beach Volleyball National teams to Cardiff and played in the Commonwealth Cup, achieving bronze in both the Women and Mens competitions.