Coaver Junior Open came about in 1998 following much hassle from Junior Development Officer Ros Sutherland who insisted that this would be a good addition to the summer calendar.
9 years later and we are still going strong, although the Junior Open has now merged with the Senior Open, and with Junior teams now able to take part in the latter stages of the senior Open.
Arnewood were the first junior winners, taking the Under 16's title in '98. Exeter College won the Under 18's and Kings the Under 12's.
Over the years the junior events have been dominated by Kings School, Ottery who have picked up no less than half of the trophies and won 12 titles! President Kennedy Panthers from Leicester have pushed them hard in many of those finals and have won two titles themselves, the Under 12's event in 2003 (Panthers 3) and the Under 14's event in 2004.
Priory have also competed in many a final with two successes in the Under 16's in both 2001 and 2002. Pinhoe picked up the first of their two titles in 2002 with The Bobbys taking the Under 12's, followed by Triple X who won the 2004 Under 12's.
Other winners include St Thomas, King Alfreds and South West Juniors. Devizes have also come close on a number of occasions, with the Dunkers taking runners up trophies as recently as 2005 in the Under 14's event.
All matches are played in pools, followed by knock-out stages / finals where appropriate.
Let's Play Volleyball
Coaver Junior events were included as LPV events in 2009 and 2010 with varying age categories for U12's, U13's, U14's and U15's, all sponsored by Volleyball England. It is hoped that 2011 events will also be supported as LPV events.
Court size and net height:
Under 16's play 2v2 on a court which is 14m x 7m and over a 2.43m high net.
Under 15's play 4v4 on a court which is 14m x 7m and over a 2.15m high net.
Under 14's play 3v3 on a court which is 12m x 6m and over a 2.15m high net.
Under 13's play 3v3 on a court which is 12m x 6m and over a 2.15m high net.
Under 12's play 3v3 on a court which is 12m x 6m and over a 2.15m high net.
Richard Williams talks tactics with some 'Panther' colleagues whilst the juniors play on in the background ...