Horsham Volleyball Club’s meteoric rise has continued into their debut Sussex League season.
Formed less than 12 months ago, the club are making waves in their maiden year, with a second team already formed and a female team in the pipeline.
Horsham applied to join the league in April, and enjoyed instant success in the League’s Knockout Cup in Burgess Hill in May.
Against ten teams, including the much-fancied Adur, and Worthing Vipers, Horsham scored a shock victory.
After winning their group, Horsham beat Eastbourne before a stunning 25-19, 19-25, 15-12 win against the Vipers in the final.
Combined with another new team, Crawley, who finished fourth, it was decided both would be automatically placed in Division 1 of the Sussex League, with Horsham also entering a team in Division 2.
And results so far have been encouraging, as both teams have 100 per cent records to date.
In Division 1, Horsham have beaten Burgess Hill Dolphins 3-0, and Worthing Vipers 3-2.
The seconds have beaten the Dolphins’ second string 3-0, and the Brighton Adur Tigers 3-1.
Chairman Roger Tofts was inspired to help set-up the new club, in association with Horsham Leisure Link after a chance meeting with coach Ziggy Adamczyk and a visit to the beach volleyball court in Horsham Park.
Roger did not have any involvement in volleyball before setting the team up, but said his passion for the sport inspired him.
“With the Olympics coming up the next year and I realised there was no volleyball club in the Horsham area,” he said.
“I spoke to Horsham District Council and we talked it over with Ian Ford, it was decided we would have a go at setting up a club and we were formed by December.
“When we entered the Knockout Cup, I don’t think anyone expected either team to do so well, we surprised them really.
“It’s a great game to watch, it is very exciting and fast paced.”
Coach Adamczyk has stamped his mark on the team and the Pole, who has been living in the UK for six years, has recruited a number of his countrymen, while Christ’s Hospital’s Sean Morrison and Mark Newcombe have been added along with Worthing IIs Richard Reynolds.
New members are always welcome, as the club looks to expand. Training sessions are held at Millais School and the College of Richard Collyer on Tuesday and Wednesday evening respectively - with the first training session free for new members and £4 thereafter.
Further details can be found on their website horshamvolleyballclub.org.uk