Fury Volleyball Club, which previously called Woodstock home, will be moving to its new state of the art location at 60 Waleska St., near The Mill on Etowah, in August.
The new facility will consist of five volleyball courts, two indoor sand courts, and a volleyball-specific workout and personal training space. The new location will have three head trainers - Amanda McKinzie, former outside hitter for the Virginia Tech Hokies and two-year pro player, Nikki Hawkins, and former setter for the Georgia Bulldogs and head coach of Reinhardt University Varsity Women's Volleyball, Brian Goodhind.
“These head trainers will train the coaches to ensure that they learn the necessary skills to be able to coach our teams,” said co-owner of Fury Volleyball Club Erik Welker. “The head trainers will run practices and drills, while the coaches will play more of a supporting role during these practices.”
Welker said that he has been around volleyball his whole life and has years of coaching experience.
“I coached two clubs in the area and saw a lot of things that I would do differently based on my experience with the sport," he said. "I just thought that I could run a better operation, so I started my own club.”
The original home of Fury Volleyball Club was the Fury Performance Academy in Woodstock. Originally, the name was Peak Volleyball Club, but was changed to Fury Volleyball Club as part of the contract with the academy. Welker said that over time, there became a growing need to upgrade to a bigger facility as the club continued to grow and find success.
“We started with one court at that facility in April of last year,” Welker said. “We put a lot of people through there. We were eventually given another court, but we were still turning people away. We actually put over 400 girls through the program within the first 10 months, but we needed a bigger space because we were receiving more requests, so we agreed to break our contract with Fury Performance Academy.”
The club, which was founded by Erik and Jessica Welker in Woodstock in April of 2019, has achieved great success in a short amount of time and will look to find even more success in the brand new facility in Canton.
“We fielded eight elite travel teams for our inaugural season, three of which played in the Open Division, which is the highest division you can play in,” Welker said. “Our 12-and-under team is currently ranked second in the region (Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee), and they were ranked as high as 32nd in the nation. We plan to double the number of travel teams for the 2020-2021 season and we will be adding adult leagues for men, women and co-ed at the new location."
For more information on Fury Volleyball Club, visit their website at furyvolleyball.club.