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Men's 1st Team

The men's first team have been a key part of the club since its formation in 1980. Over the past 34 years the team has consistently competed in the top 2 divisions of the National League. The team currently competes in National League Division One, the second tier of competition within England, just below the Super 8's Division, finishing in 5th place during the 2013-14 season and thus ranking the team as the 13th best team in the country. The principles on which the team are built is maintaining a focus on developing a core of home grown talent from within the incredibly successful junior section of the club, to create a long term sustainable backbone on which the team can operate for many years to come.

The 2013-14 season was one of player development which led to the building of strong foundations upon which the team can look to progress and achieve further success in the 2014-15 season. Throughout the season the team proved to be incredibly competitive, producing volleyball of an incredibly high standard on numerous occasions.

The 3-2 home defeat to champions London Docklands in November was a particular highlight in terms of the level of play produced, as was gaining the opportunity to challenge ourselves against eventual Super 8 Champions Sheffield in the cup, a side containing 2 of the London 2012 Olympic team, where we were competitive throughout. 8 of our 18 league matches went the full 5 sets, demonstrating the competitive nature of the team. The character and courage shown to turn momentum around in games and come back when being second best at times is a fantastic trait in the players that will ensure success for the team in years to come.

All members of the team have gained representative honours at regional and divisional level, with many gaining England caps at both Under 17 and Under 19 level, as well as English Universities representation.

The focus now turns to planning for the 2014-15 season where the team are looking for a top 4 finish in Division One. With the vast majority of this seasonís side continuing to wear the Castle shirt for the coming season, this will provide the foundations on which the team can build as the young players all have 12 months more experience under their belts. With the ever growing pool of junior talent looking to push the now established players the future of the menís first team is a very encouraging and exciting one to be involved in.