Alex Porter


Alex was a member of the England Senior National team from 1997 until 2006, and then the Great Britain team until he retired in 2009. He played professionally in Sweden, Austria and was part of the GB team that played in the Dutch Eredivisie.

He was a member of the Sport Sheffield volleyball program from 1998 to 2003 and won back-to-back BUCS gold for Sheffield Hallam University.

Whilst at university he took up coaching and has since coached at every level, from primary schools to National Super League and the England National teams in 2015.

Since 2009 Alex as coached at Tendring Volleyball Club, helping their men’s team to win back-to-back promotions from National League Division 3 to Division 1, and then finally to the Super League. During this period the team won the National Shield twice and reached the National Cup semi-finals.

After Alex’s appointment as Performance Volleyball Coach at the University of Essex in 2013 and therefore head coach of both men’s and women’s teams they won successive promotions from BUCS Division 2 and 1 without dropping a set. Whilst in Division 1 the women’s team won the BUCS National Trophy. Since reaching the BUCS Premier League the men’s team have won the Premier South title four times and the women have finished 2nd five times in a row.

In 2019 the men’s team became the first team from any sport at Essex to win a BUCS National Championship. The feature was almost repeated in 2022 when the men reached the final.

In 2022 the Tendring Super League teams joined the Essex Rebels family; Alex is responsible for both teams and works closely with assistant coach Alex Chinery.

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