Our sport Volleyball Volleyball has over 800 million players worldwide leading to claims that it is the most popular sport in the world. With the longest ever recorded match as 75 hours and players jumping over 300 times in one match, Volleyball is fast, high energy and an exciting game to watch and play! As a true team sport with intense and gripping rallies, Volleyball is full of tactical complexities that give players and spectators alike a unique experience. Did you know? GB Women's Captain Lynn Beattie's first match for Spanish Super League team, CV Playa de las Canteras, she was not only awarded MVP but also became the first Brit to become one of the league's Super-6 players. Pop star YAZZ - who had a number 1 hit with 'The Only Way Is Up' played Volleyball for England U19's during high school. The first Olympic volleyball competition was held in 1964, when the gold medals were won by the Soviet Union(men) and Japan (women). The London 2012 Olympic volleyball competition, Great Britain entered a team into all categories, the only other time that Great Britain had ever been represented in the Olympics, was in the women's beach volleyball competition by Audrey Cooper and Mo Glover at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. The gold medals in the London 2012 Olympic volleyball competition were won by Russia (men) and Brazil(women). A giant squid's eye is the largest in the animal kingdom and is the same size as a volleyball.