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About Volleyball Development Camps

Volleyball Development Camps, formed on 2005, we offer a unique concept in the UK, using the very best facilities and skilled coaches to take a holistic approach to volleyball coaching.

Not only will all our camp attendees receive quality coaching in all aspects of their game at both a technical and tactical level, there will also be break-out sessions to challenge and inspire. We extensively use video analysis to aid our campers learning process.

We work with UK based equipment suppliers to offer our campers the opportunity to try out and buy volleyball shoes and knee pads. Each camper at the Elite camp will receives a perzonalised report and development programme.

The one thing about everyone involved with Volleyball Development Camps is a shared passion for the sport whether as a player, teacher, coach or referee.

Between them, the organizers of VbDC have more than 60 years of coaching at National League and High School varsity levels, 11 years playing at National League or US University level, and more than 10 years as registered National League referees in England.

We employ coaches and assistant coaches who bring a wealth of experience to our camps having been involved either as coach of a national squad, as a developmental coach for the national/regional squad, or as a player on a national squad.  

We take the issue of child protection very seriously, our coaches are DBS cleared and any information submitted via this web site is handled in accordance with our Data Protection policy, a copy of which can be viewed using this LINK.


Deb Pickens ...................  Read More

has been a volleyball player all her life, although in her high school years in Lamoni, Iowa and Blue Springs, Missouri, basketball competed for her sports attention, too. When she was offered a place on the Graceland University volleyball team, that became her main sport. After two years there she transferred to the University of Missouri, and played on the pre-Title IX varsity squad – when the team travelled to away games by bus and made their own uniforms.

She graduated with a degree in education, and started her career as a coach in the rural Grain Valley, Missouri schools, taking the high school team to the state playoffs in her second year there. She was soon recruited by an international school in England, and in 1980 she and husband Bob left Missouri to start a new life abroad.

Deb spent her first two decades building up the school’s varsity program, as well as raising two sons who played volleyball at a high level – one of whom managed to pay for most of his university degree with a sports scholarship and has, himself become a leading club and school volleyball coach in St Louis, Missouri. In recent years she has set up a “seamless” volleyball program at her school that enables youngsters to enter the sport at age 8, and work their way through to the varsity level by progressing through a series of linked interscholastic and club activities. The school’s club permits students, faculty, members, parents and alumni to all play in local leagues and tournaments.

Deb’s main responsibilities at VbDC involve sales and logistics, coaching, and managing the VbDC finances. She is also leading the effort to introduce a sports scholarship search service which is currently being piloted, and will be offered to the public in 2014.

Bob Pickens ..................  Read More

had only had a passing awareness of volleyball as he grew up in Mississippi, but while attending the University of Missouri a chance meeting in a car park introduced him to a player on the Mizzou varsity women’s team who agreed to a date, showed him the game and eventually became his wife. After graduation Bob and Deb played in local leagues in the Kansas City area, and in 1980 he took a leave of absence from his job as a newspaper reporter and followed his new wife to Britain when she was offered a job as a volleyball coach at an international school. Soon after he was asked to edit a newspaper, and he and Deb have lived in England ever since.

During that time he has helped form a club in Farnham, Surrey, where they live, raised two sons in a volleyball-minded household who went on to play for the England juniors and England national league teams, and became involved in local leagues. One of his first activities was to join the Farnborough Volleyball Club, a small group of players in a work-based club at the Defense Establishment Research Association, and as the club’s chairman created a plan to take the club into the community, tripling its membership and establishing it as the major volleyball club in north Hampshire. He also became qualified to referee national league matches and obtained his coaching certificate.

Bob works with the South East Volleyball Association’s regional youth development programme by coaching beginning boys’ teams, and has chaired the Surrey Volleyball Association for two years, concentrating on efforts to revitalise the SVA’s infrastructure, bring new area clubs into its competitive schedule, and introduce a plan for junior development in the county.

Bob’s main duties at VbDC involve working on external communications and marketing, and providing logistical support for the growing number of camps, and helping as an assistant coach.

John Biddiscombe ....  Read More

Like many people in the UK for John the exposure to volleyball in school was limited to only a few PE lessons. Badminton and squash were the main sports that he played, but in 1986 the desire to take part in a team sport saw him sign up for an adult education course in volleyball.

Fortunately within weeks of the course finishing a new club was just starting up in Guildford and he quickly signed up as a member. The club grew quickly and John volunteered as a committee member serving in several roles eventually becoming club chair person.

Starting in 2000 Guildford hosted several events for Volleyball England such as European Championship matches and Cup Finals which John was instrumental in successfully managing. Continuing his work with Volleyball England he served as Marketing Director on their board for 2 years.

John is active in local volleyball with roles on the committee of both the Surrey and South East region associations. He has played for Guildford in the National League, is a qualified referee and coach, having coached Guildford womens team in the National League.

He was active at the London 2012 Olympics as part of the team providing statistics for the indoor tournament at Earls Court, the highlight being to "stat" the Womens final between Brazil and USA.

John’s main duties with VbDC are as a coach, with a special interest in technology having had a series of articles published in 3-Touch magazine and also helping with the logistics of running the camps and managing the VbDC website.


Luke Thomas  Read More

Luke Thomas is an award winning FIVB Level III volleyball coach and Volleyball England tutor working in Kent, England. 

He has coached at all levels of the game and tutors and mentors developing volleyball coaches.

Shailen Ramdoo  Read More

Shailen has worked as a coach in Finland, France, Mauritius , Italy , Iceland , Sweden , Chad, Indonesia and assistant coach positions in the USA. 

He is an international FIVB volleyball tutor and he has delivered courses in several countries. He has completed several training courses: FIVB Level 3, FFVB / France DEJEPS, USAV / USA CAP3, UK National Sports Coaching Coach.

Bekky Jones  Read More

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