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Arsène in 2003

In the early 1990s Arsène DeKesel, one of our club's founders, set up a volleyball club at Bohunt School in Liphook after moving into the area from Southampton.

From this emerged the teams of Bohunt and Mill Chase (Bordon) that played against each other and attended numerous tournaments in Belgium (Arsene's home country), Southampton, the New Forest and Roke Manor.The natural progression was to enter the Portsmouth Volleyball Association League.

It later became known to Arsène that volleyball was being played at The Petersfield School and eventually it was decided to merge the clubs to form the East Hants Volleyball Club in order to develop the sport in East Hampshire. 

East Hants NVL 2003/04 Men's Team

Over time went on a number players joined the club from a wide area, many of whom were attracted by the wide variety in ages and skill levels of the membership, culminating in club teams playing in the Southern Region league alongside members of the Purbrook team.

By the 2002/03 season it became clear that to progress any further as a club it was necessary to raise the level of competition and this resulted in the club entering teams in Division III of both the Men's and the Women's English National Volleyball Leagues.

East Hants 2003/04 Women's PVA Team

The close association with the Portsmouth COMAX (Women's NVL Division I) team was formalised in 2003 when the Portsmouth and East Hants Women's teams merged, however the East Hants Men's team continued in the National League in its own right. The aim of entering the National League was to improve even further the standards of the top players in the club with a view to using that experience to help develop the other club members. Unfortunately, due to a combination of circumstances, this experiment was not seen to be a success and in 2004 it was decided that the club and the National Volleyball League teams would go their separate ways.

Since those days the club has maintained a strong presence in the Portsmouth league, and we have helped develop a number of players who have found places in other National League teams while still maintaining links with East Hants.

We hope that you find our website an enjoyable experience and, if you wish to give our club a visit, please feel free. Details of our training sessions can be found by clicking the "Training" link on the navigation menu.


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