photograph National recognition for volleyball talent

Newcastle University student Nathan Fullerton has been named as part of the England U21 team for the Beach Volleyball World Championships in China.

Nathan, together with teammate and friend Harry Jones, travelled to China on 7 July to acclimatise to the conditions and get some training in. The duo are part of the 25 teams who will play in the qualification on 11 July. Only four teams will advance through the knockout stages to enter the main draw with 25 seeded teams. The main draw takes place between 11-16 July in Nanjing, China.

The BSc Hons Earth Science student said: “I felt chuffed when I found out I was selected to represent England. This is one of the biggest beach volleyball tournaments in the world and playing for England puts quite a lot on our shoulders.

“I have never competed on the world stage, but I have been training hard for the tournament. My coach also gave me a great deal of confidence before the World Championship.”

Nathan, from Bournemouth, is member of the Newcastle University men’s 1st volleyball team. The Beach Volleyball World Championships follows on an outstanding BUCS campaign, which saw Nathan and his teammates sweep the Northern 2B League with a 10-0 winning record. 

The 20-years-old is supported by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) students, which aims to help its athletes to balance academic life with training and competition as a performance athlete.

Nathan said: “I’d like to thank TASS and Newcastle University for supporting me with this journey. Our goal is to see how far we can get in the tournament and enjoy the experience. All the teams are of high calibre, and anyone can win or make the final. I hope Harry and I can get good results.”

Nathan started playing beach volleyball three years ago, initially for fun, but he gradually emerged as one of the top young players in the country.

Ivan Lazarov

published on: 18th July 2017