Welcome to the CERN Volleyball Club

Season 2023/2024

​If you intend on joining the club, the best time to do it is at the start of the season (September), but you can join the club at any time of the year !

The Club

The CERN Volleyball Club is a CERN club also open to people outside CERN, who enjoy playing volleyball indoor as well as outdoor: beach volley and grass volley.

Two teams play in the Club:
Male team – CERN I
Mixed Team – CERN II

Each team competes in the AGVB Championship which starts in September/October and runs until May.

Mixed Teams – CERN II and CERN III

In the matches of the mixed category is mandatory to have at least 3 girls always in the field. Currently we have 2 teams in this category. 

    • CERN II playing in the highest relax category XA
    • CERN III playing in the lower category XD

See the official SVRGE webpage to consult current results.

How to join

Usually at the beginning of the season in September we allow the new players to join us for few trainings, without any obligations.  The players that decide to continue for the rest of the year are required to pay a membership fee of 100CHF to participate to the trainings and the matches. Reduced fees might be approved by the president on a case-by-case basis. Around October usually the league starts and we will need to choose the core teams for the matches (normally 12 players per match to allow flexible substitutions) , which of course need to be best players from our section. You can choose (or the coach will choose) whether you prefer to stay with CERN II or CERN III, but players are not allowed to participate in 2 leagues at the same time.
To come for the trial training(s), first please contact us (ALL IN COPY TO THE MAIL):

    • Giulia Gnemmi: giulia.gnemmi@cern.ch
    • Sara Celani: sara.celani@cern.ch
    • Ivan Slipukhin: ivan.slipukhin@cern.ch

Indoor Trainings

We have trainings 3 times a week, each of them in a different place and with slightly different purpose.

Tuesdays 20.00 – 22.00

Training in La Golette (Meyrin https://goo.gl/maps/2g86b6JvjRpEdgi29) focused on CERN II. Normally number of participants is limited to 14 players and CERN II players that regularly come for the matches have the priority. This slot is also reserved for CERN II home matches. When there is a match, normal training is cancelled.

Thursdays 20.00 – 22.00

Training in CEC André Chavannes (Grand-Saconnex https://goo.gl/maps/K5ZufGCvvXShzGoL9) focused on CERN III. Normally number of participants is limited to 14 players and CERN III players that regularly come for the matches have the priority. Very often during these trainings we prioritize individual techniques development and players skills progression. This slot is also reserved for CERN III home matches. When there is a match, normal training is cancelled.

Fridays 20.00 – 22.00

Training in La Golette (Meyrin https://goo.gl/maps/2g86b6JvjRpEdgi29) – depending on availability. Type of the training is usually decided ad-hoc, depending on available players. We still try to limit number of participants to 14 to avoid chaotic and dangerous situations.

Subscriptions to the trainings

A subscription to the training is mandatory, currently we are using a doodle link shared in a WhatsApp group. Once you show your interest in joining the club, one of the section responsible will send you an invitation link. Please avoid last minute changes to your subscription to the training, as you might have prevented another person to join. Use your REAL Name and Surname (John Smith, not noobmaster69). Before each training around lunchtime one of the organizers will send a whatsapp text with the list of confirmed participants taken from the doodle, so make sure you are subscribed to the group mentioned before.

Pizza 🙂

After our trainings we often go for beer/pizza to La Meyrenoise . Be ready to have some time after training to join us :).

Educational materials

If you have never played volleyball in 1-5 system (1 setter, 5 other players with specific functions) it might be a good idea to read about Positions and Rotations to avoid confusion during our practice games.

Male Team – CERN I

The male team competes in the season 2020/2021 in the league “1L, Group A” (playing schedule).

Indoor Trainings

Tuesdays from 20:00 to 22:00 at:

            Ecole CEPTA-Mécanique,
            Chemin du Fort-de-L’Ecluse 1, 1213 Petit Lancy (map).

Fridays from 20:00 to 22:00 at:

            Collège des Grandes-Communes,
            Chemin Gérard-De-Ternier 20, 1213 Petit-Lancy (map).

Past achievements:
Champion M2: 2016
Winner Championnat genevois corporatif: 2016, 2014, 2013, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Gold Medal Atomiade 2015, Silver Medal Atomiade 2018

Historic 1L page

Team photo (taken in 2018):

Join the Club

If you are at CERN and you would like to play some volleyball you can join the CERN Volleyball Club and take part on its activity.

The procedure to follow is outlined below:

  1. Contact the reference person
    • Team CERN I – Mike Koratzinos  mail
    • Team CERN II – Giulia Gnemmi mail, Sara Celani mail
  2. Join for one of the practices suggested by the reference person
    • This will allow you to meet the team and see if you enjoy the practice. It will also allow us to meet you. After joining either of the teams practices (male/mixed), you can always decide to also try the other one, for example if the level was too high/low.
  3. Pay the Club Fee
    • Directly on the CERN Volleyball Account at Swiss PTT (12-10782-1) or IBAN : CH7309000000120107821 BIC: POFICHBEXXX
    • The fee allows the club to live while waiting for a possible refund from the Club Coordination Committee of the Staff Association: with it we cover the expenses for the gyms, the equipment (net, balls…) and the tournaments’ participation. The Club asks per season for:
Team I (Male)Team II (Mixed)
200 CHF (Club fee) + 250 CHF (1L licence)100 CHF   
(Club fee)
Reduced fee (short term, etc.), are decided strictly on a case-by-case basis by the club’s president.