The Sky Volleyball Club is celebrating a year of growth in Vernon ahead of its 2020 season. (Submitted photo)

Sky Volleyball Club president says more court space needed in Vernon

Formerly the Vernon Volleyball Club, Sky is set to have more than 300 players and 23 teams in 2020

Vernon’s Sky Volleyball Club is celebrating another solid year of growth, but as registration fills up for its 2020 season its pushing for more dedicated gym space in the city.

This coming season, Sky Volleyball will have more than 300 players and 23 boys and girls teams competing in U12 to U18 age groups. The club will also run a youth program called Flight School for players in Grade 5 and 6.

“This makes it one of the largest volleyball clubs in B.C.,” said Club President Troy Lorenson.

However, as the club continues to grow in popularity, gym space is becoming harder to come by. The club already relies heavily on local schools to accommodate practice times for its teams, and Lorenson says the five additional teams slated for 2020 will put more strain on these resources.

“A big push for us over the next few years is to see a volleyball facility built in this town,” said Lorenson.

“The sport is growing at a rapid pace, and we simply need more courts. The ability to host tournaments, ideally in a four-court facility, would have a huge impact on our community.”

READ MORE: Pups steal hearts at Vernon Vipers game

“We are grateful to all of the local schools who have stepped up to accommodate our kids, but it is reaching the breaking point,” Lorenson continued.

For two decades the not-for-profit club was known as the Vernon Volleyball Club before it was re-branded in 2017. The name change was made because the club’s membership had spread beyond Vernon, throughout the North Okanagan.

“Players now come from not only Vernon but a large surrounding area to play in Sky,” said Lorenson.

“We love to see the kids compete hard for their respective schools, but it’s heart-warming to see these players come together as teammates during club volleyball season. It has created a special bond between all of us.”

As of Thursday 46 coaches have signed up to voluntarily run the teams, and registration is still open for parents to volunteer in a number of capacities.

For more information or to register for the upcoming season, visit skyvolleyballclub.ca. Those wishing to become involved with Sky Volleyball Club are invited to contact Lorenson at info@skyvolleyballclub.ca.

READ MORE: Local teams win B.C. Stick Curling Championships in Vernon


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

Volleyball

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A portion of Pelmewash Parkway was closed briefly Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, while Lake Country Fire Department and RCMP responded to rescue an eight-month-old puppy stuck on a cliff. (District of Lake Country - Facebook)
Happy ending to Lake Country puppy rescue

A portion of Pelmewash Parkway was closed briefly Wednesday as fire, RCMP responded to rescue mission

Vernon shops like Expressions of Time have shown their strength, resiliency and adaptability amid the COVID-19 crisis. (Facebook)
COLUMN: A toast to small businesses in Vernon

Show local business some love this Small Business Week

File Photo.
BOOMER TALK: Talking back

Columnist Carole Fawcett responds to feedback over ‘Are you Sheeple?’ column

The Brown Derby’s Mysterioso was one of three entries in the 2020 Armstrong Professional Grilled Cheese Sandwich competition held Tuesday, Oct. 20. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Bakery gets judges’ attention in Armstrong pro grilled cheese sandwich event

Country Bakery’s German Kase Pretzel Grilled Cheese oozes past Brown Derby, Wild Oak Café

A power outage caused by a vehicle crash affected 2,178 BC Hydro customers in Enderby Wednesday night, Oct. 21, 2020. (BC Hydro image)
Vehicle crash in Enderby knocks out power for more than 2,000

BC Hydro crews are expected to arrive by 6:30 p.m.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents modelling of COVID-19 spread in B.C., March 25, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. sets another COVID-19 record with 203 new cases

up to 1,766 active cases in B.C., two more deaths

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau is seen as she leaves media event during a campaign stop in West Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, October 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Green leader hopes voters see value in minority government

The Greens received nearly 17 per cent of the popular vote in 2017 yet received just three seats

Local candidates Pam Alexis, Abbotsford-Mission, and Preet Rai, Abbotsford-West, look on as NDP Leader John Horgan main streets in Abbotsford, B.C., Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. NDP takes snap election risk during pandemic in quest for majority government

Green Leader Sonia Furstenau said the election was unnecessary and irresponsible during the pandemic

Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson speaks during a drive-in car rally campaign stop at a tour bus operator, in Delta, B.C., on October 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Liberal Leader maintains confidence as campaign tests party identity

Liberal campaign has been disrupted by controversy

(Kelowna Capital News)
B.C. Labour Board orders Peachland cannabis company to reinstate laid-off employees

The B.C. Labour Relations Board determined the employees were laid off due to their plan to unionize

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
British Columbia man dies during ski trip near glacier west of Calgary

Kananaskis Public Safety and Alpine Helicopters responded around 2:30 p.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, following a week-long break for the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
One crisis after another for Trudeau since last federal election one year ago

It has been a year of unprecedented calamity and crisis

Two pigs roam the Salmon Arm Walmart parking lot during a prior visit photographed by Danielle Burgi. (Danielle Burgi photo)
Pigs trot over for a visit at Salmon Arm shopping centre

Employees say this was the second drop-in from the temporarily free-range porkers

Most Read