Why I chose Volleyball
Thursday, 12 December 2019
Celia was a two-sport athlete before University
I have always been a very active person. At the age of 7 I picked my main sport, Basketball, which I started playing for my local team in Madrid. I played in a league where I competed against different teams across the city. Around 13 I started playing volleyball as well. I joined my school team, which worked differently than basketball as I only competed against other schools, and it was also less strict which also meant that the level was lower. After two years I decided to challenge myself and play in the same league as basketball but at the same time I also moved to a higher league in basketball.
Before attending university I moved to London and played basketball for a competitive team, which was very similar to my teams in Spain. So when I applied to university I thought the sport would be more social like when I played for my school, and that Oxfords local team would be more serious.
Once I got to university I was told how the teams work at and how there is both social and competitive teams for almost every sport. I decided to only focus on the teams at university so I signed up for the trials for both sports thinking I was going to be able to play both like I did back in Madri
I wanted to try both basketball and volleyball and see which one would fit better. Once I got to university I was told how the teams work at and how there is both social and competitive teams for almost every sport. I decided to only focus on the teams at university so I signed up for the trials for both sports thinking I was going to be able to play both like I did back in Madrid, since training and games were different days and times. What I did not know is that BUCS league games are only played on Wednesdays and since there are also away games I would not be able to play both sports.
I still attended both trials, which were scarier than I thought they would be and I felt nervous as there were a lot of people and not that many places available on the teams. I met the girls that were already on the team and the coaches and seeing their approach really helped me to stay calm. I was accepted to both teams which made me very happy, but then I realised I had to choose one, and after a couple of weeks of training I decided to go for volleyball as I have played basketball since I was a child and wanted to improve in volleyball.
I have never seen teams being as close as they are here at Brookes
The main difference I have found, now that I am on my third year, between sport in Madrid and university sport in the UK is the level of support we receive from Brookes. My previous teams have been great and I have always had very good friends for teammates, but I have never seen teams being as close as they are here at Brookes. Most of my social life comes from sport, having different events throughout the year and that really helps the team when it comes to playing all together.
Having people from all around the world is something I really enjoy as I learn new things about different cultures every day. The differences in how volleyball is played depending on the country you play it in is so different from my experiences playing in Madrid.
This piece was written by Celia Sanchez-Real, she is a Brookes University Student and a Brookes Sport Ambassador.
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