Whitby’s Eagles aim to get campaign back on track

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North Riding Eagles Volleyball Club were busy in the local community this week, working with North Yorkshire Sport and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

The Whitby-based girls were involved with the Get on Track scheme which is about young people undertaking a sporting community-based project.

Coach Anthony Laffan said: “The sports projects develop communication and team work skills while increasing the social skills of the young people so they can become pro-active members of their local community .

“It was nice to see some of the young people from the volleyball Get on Track project giving up their time at Whitby Leisure Centre on Saturday morning.

“They were helping with the different fun, social and sporting activities that the local Whitby, Scarborough and Ryedale Disability Action Group had arranged.

“North Riding Eagles Volleyball Club and Whitby Company of Archers were just two of many local sports providers who were delighted to run taster sessions for the local DAG activity day.”

Meanwhile, in the national volleyball league division two, Eagles travel to the Midlands attempting to get on track with their season after only one win in a month – and that was a forfeit.

The match against play-off chasing Birmingham looks to be a classic and while this is to be followed by a tough match against Coventry, it is the Birmingham side which catches the eye.

Birmingham coach Mario dall Fontana has assembled an exciting array of talent including ex- professional volleyball player Paula Paez Blanca, big blocker Anja Raduvlovic, top hitter Dr Nadine Meyer and Italians Francesca Cardiili, Concetta Furica and Gessica Salemo.

It is a tough challenge and the Eagles will be hard pressed to keep pace with this fast hard-hitting team.

If North Riding do hang on in, they may well then have to face the full might of Birmingham with Jayne Blossino, Katarzyna Webb, Ildegrado Da Costa Cabral, Kaija Michael and Ayelen Arias all likely to be named in a full Birmingham squad as they take every precaution to avoid getting knocked off track by a young North Riding Eagles team.

Mr Laffan added: “The good news for locals is they will get the chance to see these internationally, exceptionally talented volleyball players when Birmingham come to play North Riding Eagles in Whitby for the return fixture at the leisure centre on the April 12 at noon.

“This is a date for the diary if you want to see athletes on top of their game.”