Based at the University of Essex, the Essex Rebels comprise a women’s and men’s volleyball team that compete in the National Super League.


The Rebel way.

Home to the curious, brave and bold, at the University of Essex, where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected.

Committed to excellence in everything we do, at the heart of our activities is supporting young people to achieve their full potential in their academic and sporting pursuits within our dual-career pathway.

our history

What makes a Rebel.

The name of the Essex Rebels reflects the history of both the University of Essex and the town of Colchester in which the University resides. Students at the University have been known for their political activism throughout its history, reflected in the strapline of ‘Rebels with a Cause’ used today.

Colchester is also the site of the most celebrated act of rebellion in British history, when Queen Boudicca led the Celtic tribes of East Anglia to defeat the Romans.

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Essex Flames performing
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Essex Rebels cheerleaders performing
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Essex Flames at the Sport Arena
Essex Sports Arena entrance

Sports scholarships.

The University of Essex offers sports scholarships to talented volleyball players studying for both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A full support package encompassing daily on-court coaching, strength and conditioning coaching, lifestyle advice, sports science testing, and support and advice in areas such as psychology and nutrition

The University of Essex is also a Sport England Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme centre, and is an accredited dual-career site, supporting young athletes in their academic and sporting development.

For more information please contact Susy Davies, Performance Sport Manager.
Email: [email protected]

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Come and see fast-paced, action-packed, top-level professional volleyball in a first-class venue. Match days offer family-friendly entertainment including a DJ, big screen, cheerleaders, interactive competitions, children’s activities, refreshments, and our larger-than-life mascot, Queen B.

We Are Rebels – come join the rebellion!

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