A committed PE teacher and volleyball player, Ruth was passionate about getting young people into sport. Ruth died in April 2007 after a five year battle against cancer.
Although Ruth grew up in a family of volleyballers, her dad Keith and mum Judith were both international players, Ruth and her sister Hannah did not take up the game until their mid teens. Starting with Whitefield in Bristol, Ruth then went on to gain selection to the England Junior Squad, captain Leeds Met and then Leeds VC in Division 1. Hannah played for Birmingham University and Norwich Ladies.
Shortly after she married Chris Gorse, Ruth was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite several major operations and repeated chemotherapy treatments Ruth remained as active as she could and carried on teaching at Morley High School Leeds until Christmas 2006.
Ruth believed that all her students should be encouraged to participate in sport and activity no matter what their ability level. Through sport they would gain confidence, friends and improve their health.
Through her teaching she developed volleyball teams that participated in inter-school competitions and several players went on to play at higher levels.
Ruth’s family wish to carry on Ruth’s philosophy of encouraging participation, through a volleyball foundation set up in her name. The Foundation is used to encourage school and junior development at grass roots level in volleyball.
The Foundation has developed the MULTISPORTBASE. A unique piece of equipment that is endorsed by Volleyball England for Volleyball up to Key Stage 2 and for sitting volleyball. It can also be used for short tennis and badminton in schools. Full details on the Multisport base page
Ruth Nicholls Volleyball Foundation
216A Unthank Road
Tel: 01603 454471