The Team Northumbria BUCS (British University and Colleges Sports) has been one of the most successful programs in the recent years here at Northumbria University. Winning 3 out of the last 4 national championships since 2013, has found the women’s volleyball teams a favorite to claim yet another title under head coach David Goodchild. Women’s volleyball currently has two teams competing in BUCS at the Premier division and 1st Division.

Squad List

Women's 1st Team

Whitney Phillips (C), Alexandra Woosley, Paige Wheeler, Sarah Blomgren,  Elizabeth Johnbull, Cheyne Corrado, Katie O’Brien, Alex Dickenson

Coach: David Goodchild

Women's 2nd Squad

Ellen Duke (C), Abbie Lavender, Ambra Demontis, Bronte Cameron, Jurja Vlasic, Paige Fullerton, Paige Pendelton, Magda Ropiak, Coonie Chang, Engil John, Eting Chang, Fotini Georgiou, Isy Ross, Jess Procter, Katka Koci, Laura Holdich, Megan Quinn, Sarah Johnson, Stephanie Boyce, Sophie Keating

Coach: Whitney Phillips

Coach's Corner

Team Northumbria Volleyball programmes are the best programmes in the UK and have continued to go from strength to strength. My Philosophy of creating a professional culture with a structured, high performance, positive learning environment that provides opportunities on a daily basis to improve and excel has allowed our athletes to excel with 13 players going onto play professional Volleyball. Here at Northumbria the values and behaviours that the players believe in are a huge part of our success and the accountability and ownership they have on the programme and the desire they have to succeed is amazing. The work ethic and determination my players show and require is fundamental to the reason we have won so many trophies.

Dave Goodchild, Head Coach

Bucs History & Accomplishments

Women’s 1st: Our women’s first team competes in the top league in BUCS, the premier league, and has been one of our most successful sporting teams here at the University.

  • BUCS Premier League Winners: 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-16
  • BUCS Northern 1A Winners 2012-2013
  • BUCS Northern 2B Winners 2011-2012
  • BUCS Northern 3B Winners 2010-2011
  • BUCS Championship Winners 2012-2013, 2014-2015, 2015-16
  • BUCS Championship Runners Up 2013-2014
  • BUCS Conference cup Winners 2011-2012

Women’s 2nds: Our women’s second team is equally has talented as our women’s first teams and has accomplished a tremendous amount in the past 5 years. They currently compete in Division 1 within BUCS.

  • BUCS Tier 1a winners 2014-2015, 2015-2016
  • BUCS Conference cup winners 2013-2014
  • BUCS Conference cup runner-ups 2014-2015
  • BUCS Northern 3B winners 2012-2013


We are always looking for great athletes to join the Team Northumbria Volleyball team. At Northumbria we offer a chance for a wide range of athletes to represent our team through BUCS, the highest level athletes will also represent our top ranked national league team. As part of the sport scholarship program, we are able to offer financial support from gym membership to full fee scholarships. Depending on your previous academic successes, academic scholarships are available for up to £2500.

If you want more information regarding sport scholarships available at Northumbria please click here or get in contact with Head Coach David Goodchild at

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