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We have a strong following of volleyball in the area with our location of seven miles of golden sand for the Beach programme and the partnership with the National League Team Wessex Volleyball.

We’re passionate about continuing to develop volleyball as a professional sport and work closely with Volleyball England to ensure we are providing an environment that that promotes athlete development.

Key information

Open to: BU students who have a passion and skills for playing high-level volleyball to those that have an interest to learn and develop.

Annual affiliation fee: £84

If you’re successful in becoming a member of TeamBU, you’ll be required to affiliate to SportBU.

This fee includes BUCS affiliation fees, personal sports insurance, weekly coaching and TeamBU transport.

Indoor teams

Throughout the academic year, you’ll represent BU nationally when you compete in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS). We currently have four teams (two men’s teams and two women’s teams) who play in various BUCS leagues and competitions.

The top athletes that come to the institution also have the chance to train and play in the National Volleyball League under the long-established partnership with Wessex Volleyball (TeamBU-Wessex).

Beach teams

We also have four men’s and women’s teams who compete at various levels. This includes local tournaments, and we co-host the annual BUCS Beach Volleyball Championships, held at Sandbanks beach with Volleyball England & BUCS. This is the largest student beach volleyball event in the country, with over 200 students taking part across the weekend.



  • Indoor 1st teams – regular session twice a week plus additional training for the top athletes to train with the Wessex twice a week. BUCS matches on a Wednesday and National League over weekends
  • 2nd team – regular weekly training and BUCS matches on a Wednesday


In the summer months, we make the most of the local beaches, outdoor training takes place on the permanent beach courts at Boscombe beach, Canford Cliffs or Sandbanks Beaches. We provide two sessions per week for both men’s and women’s squads and provide additional training opportunities with some of the top national players who still train in Bournemouth providing the opportunity to engage with great athletes and coaching staff.

Read Issa's full story

Issa Batrane

BU graduate and Team GB beach volleyball athlete

BU gave me a great platform to develop in my sport and I feel incredibly lucky to pursue something I love with such a great community of athletes.

Rewarding your sporting talents

If you’re a gifted volleyballer, you can make an application for our Sports Scholarships scheme; for more information please read the Criteria and process (pdf 222kb). The scheme is designed to provide you with the funding you need to progress your sporting abilities and take them to the next level. If you are successful in securing a Sports Scholarship, you can also rest assured that it won’t need to be re-paid during your studies or once you graduate.

The financial support should be used towards helping you to develop as an athlete and spent on any of the following: coaching; equipment; kit and travel costs; competition entry fees.

The additional SportBU support service could include free gym membership, free chiropractic treatment, free sports massage therapy, free strength and conditioning and free access to the game-ready machine plus a whole host of sport science workshops – testament to our commitment to helping you perform at the highest level.

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Sports scholarships

Sports scholarships

We believe that your sporting talents deserve to be rewarded. Available for up to £5,000, our Sports scholarships are designed to help you perform at the highest possible level.

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TASS accreditation

Backed by Sport England, the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) helps you successfully balance your sporting career and studies – so you don't have to choose between the two.

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Trials and affiliation

If you think you have what it takes to become a Performance Sport athlete, you will need to try out for Team BU. Find out how to register and when our trials take place