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Franklin Volleyball Club

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About the Mini-Club Program

The Franklin Volleyball Club Mini-Club program offers 5th - 8th graders the opportunity to build their volleyball skills on competitive teams during the fall season (September - November).

The Franklin Volleyball Club was launched in the fall of 2019 with a U14 team. About half of the team had competitive club volleyball experience; the other half had experience through clinics and recreational leagues. The team competed in three Mini-Club tournaments throughout the fall, earning two 1st place and one 2nd place finish. These hard-working young ladies concluded their season at the AAU Winter Kickoff Classic (the tournament that launches the official club season), placing 3rd out of 10 teams at the U15 level.

In the fall of 2020 we have formed two teams. Teams will practice twice a week for 2 hours from September, 17 to November 19 (Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm; Sundays 4-6pm). Additional Sunday training will run until the final tournament in mid-December

Franklin Volleyball Club Staff Franklin Volleyball Club 2020

  • Cathy Sanford, Club Director and Coach
    Co-founder of Franklin Volleyball Club Mini-Club AAU
    Franklin Volleyball Club Summer Clinic Coach, 2020
    Mass Premier Middle School League Coach, 2015-2019
    Franklin Recreation Volleyball Coach, 2018-2020
  • Eric Bonnet-Eymard, Coach
    Co-founder of Franklin Volleyball Club Mini-Club AAU
    Franklin Volleyball Club Summer Clinic Coach, 2020
    Mass Premier Volleyball Club, USAV Club Assistant Coach U15 & U16
    Mass Premier Middle School League Coach, 2015-2019
    Franklin Recreaton Volleyball Coach, 2018-2020
    Played competitively for 23+ years in various leagues throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island
    USAV Impact & SafeSport Certified
  • Merry James, Coach
    Franklin Volleyball Club Summer Clinic Coach, 2020
    Cape Cod Youth Volleyball Camp, Lead Coach, Barnstable, MA 2012-2019
    Southern Alliance, USAV Club Head Coach, U12 2015, U14/2016
    Pilgrim U12, USAV Club Head Coach 2011-2014
    Bourne High School Varsity, Volunteer Assitant Coach, 2011-2014
    Bourne Volleyball Youth Clinic, Lead Coach, 2011-2014
    Bourne Middle School Intramurals, Organizer/Coach, 2013-2014
    USAV Impact & SafeSport Certified
  • Megan Woodacre
    Co-founder of Franklin Volleyball Club Mini-Club AAU
    Mass Premier Middle School League Coach, 2019
    Franklin Recreation Volleyball Coach, 2012-2018
    Emerson College Assistant Coach, 2012
    Western New England University Assistant Coach, 2011
    Collegiate Volleyball Player at Colby-Sawyer College 2006-2010

Coaching Philosophy

As the founding coaching team of the Franklin Mini-Club program, we hope to meet the growing demand for competitive volleyball opportunities at the middle school level. Few sports require as much teamwork and communication as volleyball. We seek to build skills, self-esteem, confidence, and a true sense of team within a coaching environment that values effort, persistence, and a positive attitude. We continuously strive to balance skill work, game play, and the development of volleyball IQ in our young athletes. Above all, we seek to build a positive atmosphere of trust and respect that supports learning and the development of lasting friendships.


“Franklin is so fortunate to have Eric, Cathy and Megan create the Franklin Mini-Club program. The coaching team is top-notch. They have the ability to identify each girl's strengths and weaknesses and then formulate a plan to make them stronger and better. Running drills is one thing, but fine-tuning skills is a totally different level of coaching.” “Mini-Club not only prepared my daughter for club tryouts this year, but also provided her a competitive advantage as she competed in tournaments during the Fall.”

“Playing for the Franklin Elite Mini-Club was a phenomenal experience for my daughters. The coaching they received from Eric, Cathy, and Megan was always positive and informative -- combining high-impact, individualized instruction with their clear passion for the game. I only wish my girls had the opportunity to play again next year.”