GREAT Britain women’s volleyball squad begin their Olympic Games preparations in earnest on Tuesday night when they take on Peru at the English Institute of Sport.
The team is based in Sheffield and now the domestic seasons have finished across Europe most of the 20 strong British squad have returned to the city for training and match practice.
Sheffield has become the adopted home city for the women’s team with several of the players also former students of either the University of Sheffield or Sheffield Hallam University.
They play for clubs across Europe including Switzerland, Germany, France, Poland and Spain. Janine Sandell, a passer-hitter, for the team is still in play-off action for her Spanish club, so isn’t available for selection.
Skipper Lynne Beattie, who plays her club volleyball in Gran Canaria said on Twitter that Peru will be “a good challenge for us (GB women) early on in the summer,” and that is definitely the case.
The South Americans are ranked 17th in the world and are using the match as part of their preparations for their Olympic Games qualifying tournament.
The Peruvians have a strong volleyball pedigree with a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul being the highlight, although they haven’t qualified for the last two Games.
The match starts at 7pm.