Player Profile

Smith Philip

6 Outside-hitter

Nationality :ENG
Date Of Birth :24.01.1986
Height :203`
Weight :90

I was a late starter to volleyball, playing for the first time at 22 having signed up for UK Sport’s ‘Sporting Giant’ initiative. I originally started playing beach volleyball, and made my debut for Great Britain in 2009 when Tom Lord and I finished 9th in a CEV Satellite event in Lichtenstein. The following year I got an indoor contract in Sweden with Falkenberg Volleybollklubb. In my 2 years in Sweden my team won the Swedish Championship, the Swedish Grand Prix and the Swedish Cup. I was the 3rd ranked blocker and was the highest scoring middle blocker in the league. I then signed with Anorthosis Famagusta Volleyball Club in Cyprus, where we finished 2nd in the Cypriot Championships and 13th in the CEV Cup. I then returned to England to concentrate more on beach volleyball and to study for my Master’s degree at Bournemouth University. My partner, Gregg Weaver, and I were part of the England Senior squad that progressed through to the 4th round of the Continental Cup and we competed in FIVB World Tour Grand Slam and CEV events. IBB London Polonia is my 3rd Super 8 team, having played previously for London Malory and Wessex BU.

I was a late starter to volleyball, playing for the first time at 22 having signed up for UK Sport’s ‘Sporting Giant’ initiative. I originally started playing beach volleyball, and made my debut for Great Britain in 2009 when Tom Lord and I finished 9th in a CEV Satellite event in Lichtenstein. The following year I got an indoor contract in Sweden with Falkenberg Volleybollklubb. In my 2 years in Sweden my team won the Swedish Championship, the Swedish Grand Prix and the Swedish Cup. I was the 3rd ranked blocker and was the highest scoring middle blocker in the league. I then signed with Anorthosis Famagusta Volleyball Club in Cyprus, where we finished 2nd in the Cypriot Championships and 13th in the CEV Cup. I then returned to England to concentrate more on beach volleyball and to study for my Master’s degree at Bournemouth University. My partner, Gregg Weaver, and I were part of the England Senior squad that progressed through to the 4th round of the Continental Cup and we competed in FIVB World Tour Grand Slam and CEV events. IBB London Polonia is my 3rd Super 8 team, having played previously for London Malory and Wessex BU.