The UK Armed Forces volleyball teams have been revived after a several season-long hiatus.

The move means the best players from the three services will once again be able to play as a single representative squad.

The UKAF men's and women's sides will take to the court in this year's Volleyball England National Cup.

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The tournament will see them up against many of the best sides in the country.

Army women's head coach Warrant Officer Nikki Mead has been a driving force behind the resurgence of UKAF volleyball.

UK Armed Forces volleyball

She's taken on the task of putting the forces women's team together, including the tricky job of selection.

The squad is now training hard ahead of the players' first competitive fixture, with strength and conditioning among the areas of focus.

UK Armed Forces volleyball team training

Leading the men's team into action, meanwhile is streetwise skipper SAC Michael Grainger.

As captain of the successful RAF Harriers side, he's played for Middlesborough and was involved with England juniors.

He admits the players have to raise their game not just to compete but earn their UKAF selection.

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Players and coaches alike are expecting their first season to be a sharp learning experience but are intent on performing on the big stage for themselves and the military community they represent.

The England National Cup gets underway later in the autumn.

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