Brokking leaves GB volleyball
Harry Brokking has stepped down as Great Britain volleyball coach
Two days after the end of the Olympic Games, Great Britain's men's volleyball coach Harry Brokking has left his position because there is no money left to pay his wages.
The Dutch tactician was recruited by the British Volleyball Federation in 2007 when they started their programme geared towards London.
He has worked under restrictive conditions ever since, with the BVF receiving just a shade over Â£3.5million from UK Sport to cover six disciplines of volleyball over a four-year period.
As a result, preparing for and making the Games was an achievement in itself and, now that the party is over, the reality has bitten and Brokking has accepted a coaching position in Tunisia, leaving assistant Joel Banks to run the men's team for the forthcoming European Championship qualifiers.
"Harry has gone, but not because he wanted to. It is because we could not afford him," BVF president Richard Caldicott said.
"Depending on circumstances, Harry would like to come back next year and carry on the work he has done, but unless we get more funding, we cannot afford to pay him. Joel Banks will lead the team in the qualifiers."
Caldicott is not expecting news from UK Sport over whether more funding will be received until November or December. He is braced for the worst, though, especially in light of comments from the body's chair, Sue Campbell, about a return to a 'no compromise' style of distribution.
That would mean sports not expected to medal in Rio in 2016 would be thinly funded, if at all, with volleyball dropping in to that category. However, Caldicott argues that success cannot be achieved without backing.
"They're chastening (Campbell's comments)," he added. "The bottom line is, that for a sport like volleyball which had huge interest and attracted 15,000 people to every session, it showed there is a general appetite from the public.
"For us to continue on that journey and get the medals Sue is talking about, we need continuity of funding."
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