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GB volleyball boost for Sheffield

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The Great Britain volleyball team has announced it will continue to train in Sheffield in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The team has been based at the city's English Institute of Sport since 2007.

"We're very pleased to be able to continue the partnership in the lead up to London 2012," said Sheffield City councillor Sylvia Dunkley.

"By hosting international matches, we have the opportunity to display our city to athletes across Europe."

In May 2010 the city will host the GB men's team against Azerbaijan in the European Volleyball Championships, as well as hosting the European Women's Volleyball Championships' second round pool games.

The volleyball athletes are in the gym most days. They have an incredible work ethic and it's great to see the progress they are making.

Sheffield athlete Jessica Ennis

And the agreement to remain in Sheffield has been welcomed by local athlete and London 2012 hopeful Jessica Ennis, who trains at the centre.

"The volleyball athletes are in the gym most days. They have an incredible work ethic and it's great to see the progress they are making," Ennis said.

"My coach has his eye on a few players who have the strength, willpower and natural athletic ability to be top performers."

GB volleyball team have faced a difficult time in the run up to London 2012, after they became one of five sports in Team GB who failed to compete in the Beijing games last year, forcing their funding body, UK Sport, to evaluate their spending.

Since being based at the institute, an investment of over £4m has been used to establish full-time men's and women's squads based in Sheffield.



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