Every (sports) organization eventually becomes known for their “culture.” They are guided by their own time-tested philosophy. A unique set of CORE values that infiltrate and define us as players, parents, coaches, and Directors.
After working with various volleyball clubs and school programs over the past several years, coach Erik recognized the need for a different kind of program with a much different philosophy and core values. He envisioned an elite volleyball club free from the grip of politics. A place where talent and work ethic reign supreme. Where hard work and dedication take precedence over personal circles and connections, over wealth or stature, over what school a player attends. A place where kids can be kids and have fun without worrying about being embarrassed, deflated, berated or degraded. A place where passionate players and parents can be surrounded by positive energy and like-minded people. A place where people refer to each other as “family.”
And so the story begins…
Fury Volleyball Club was founded by Erik and Jessica Welker in late April of 2019. By mid-May, they acquired a small space inside of a facility located in downtown Woodstock. During the Fall of that same year, they held their inaugural season travel club tryouts. The tryouts resulted in production of 8 high-octane travel teams with massive potential. Three of these teams went on to compete at the highest level of play in the Open and Power Division, winning 13 medals in their first 5 tournaments before the season came to an abrupt end due to the so-called “pandemic.” Their 12U National Elite team topped the charts, ranking 2nd in the region and 32nd in the Nation!
In March of 2020, Fury Volleyball Club exited their Woodstock location in search of a space that could facilitate their exponential growth. Three months later, they signed a deal on a 31,000+ square foot facility in downtown Canton, GA at The Mill on Etowah.
Their new Canton location officially opened on October 1st of 2020, and features 6 full-sized volleyball courts and a nearly 4,000 square foot training room! During their 2020/21 Club season, they again had 8 teams and experienced a whopping 18 notable finishes, including their first-ever bid to the USAV Girls Junior National Championships (GJNC), held in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is absolutely unprecedented and practically unheard of for a first-year club!
Fury Volleyball plans to field at least 14 competitive indoor junior girls club teams for their 2021/22 season, with their first-ever boys club team as well.
Fury VBC will also be launching a barrage of adult men’s, women’s, co-ed, and parent/player leagues and tournaments in the very near future!
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Erik and Jessica have goals and aspirations to grow and build their elite volleyball organization to new heights in the years to come, with multiple locations already being discussed.
Their business is family owned and operated and, through faith and perseverance, they are destined to become a legacy within the Canton community and beyond.