GB indoor volleyball captain Ben Pipes goes Dutch for GB

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Ben Pipes in Holland

GB Indoor Volleyball captain Ben Pipes is one of 18 GB players living and training abroad in the build up to the 2012 Olympics.

The sport suffered severe funding cuts following a UK Sport shortfall in 2009 and as a result Pipes and his team-mates were forced to look for professional, paid contracts across the continent.

The 24-year-old from Cottingham near Hull, is hoping playing for Langhenkel Volley, in the Netherlands, will give him the top-level experience he needs to make his mark in London - as BBC Look North's Simon Clark reports.

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