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'Around The World': UKAF Volleyball Chairman Wants International Tour For Team

Air Commodore Chris Jones was speaking at the Inter Services Championship where the RAF won both the women’s and men’s titles.

The chairman of the UKAF volleyball team is keen to take the players on an international tour.

Air Commodore Chris Jones has said he “wants to show the world how good” the military players are.

Air Cdre Jones was speaking at the Inter Services Championship where the RAF won both the women’s and men’s titles.

He said: “We would like to take them around the world and show everybody how good they are. There is such strength in depth.

“By having a strong UKAF volleyball brand, we hope that we can work with the services to get more people playing.

“UK Armed Forces volleyball are in their third season now. We are just about to start that third season and we’ve started from scratch.

“It’s been about developing the relationships with each of the services, spotting the best players, bringing them together and creating an elite level of sport.”

The UKAF Chairman is looking to grow the military sport even more.

Air Cdre Jones also praised the way civilian teams help boost the military sport.

He said: “One of the interesting things about volleyball is there are lots of civilian teams.

“Many of our players find they have to go outside of the service environment to get the level of play and the experience that they want.

“With UKAF, we hope to be able to replace that.”

Captain Karen Tait is the leader of the Army women’s team and thinks the sport has grown immensely across the military.

She said: “I think that has really improved the tri-service feel of things. The Inter Services have become much more competitive because we know now how the other team play.

“It’s really changed the atmosphere of the sport.”

The RAF Women were boosted by their new captain Senior Aircraftwoman Yasmin Kaashoek. She explained how she got into the sport: "I’ve played since I was ten and I’ve competed more on the beach than indoor.

“I decided I wanted to join the RAF as a medic and I found out about the team. I thought it was a great way of getting back into it.”

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