Maria Bertelli

YST Maria Bertelli

Biography:

Maria started playing volleyball at an after school club aged 14. She quickly progressed to represent the school before joining her local club and reaching county level. Maria’s talent was spotted and she was selected to be part of the England junior team. In 1996, unable to break into the England senior team, Maria made the bold decision to change university, enabling her to train at a high level on a daily basis alongside studying for her PE & Sports Science degree. She graduated 3-years later after having made the England senior national team. She played professionally for 2-years and returned to domestic competition where her team went on to become English National League and Cup champions 5-years in a row.

Thinking she had achieved her volleyball ambitions, she went back to her roots, combining volleyball and football with a consultancy career. After playing in the 2006 FA Cup Final for Charlton FC, she left her job and moved to Sheffield to be part of GB Volleyball programme in preparation for London 2012. The following 7-years were a real journey as she and the team overcame many challenges to compete successfully, finishing 9th and going from 69th to 21st in the world rankings. Maria is the most capped female GB indoor volleyball player, with over 10 international caps.

Sporting Achievements:

  • Olympian (Indoor Volleyball)
  • European League Double Bronze Medallist (Indoor Volleyball)
  • Multiple National Champion (Indoor Volleyball)
  • FA Cup Silver Medallist (Football).