After four years as the captain and vice president of Liverpool John Moores Men’s Volleyball team, it is the end of road for Garsio Jof Fernandes.

With his studies close to conclusion, the Portugal native is preparing to say goodbye to LJMU Volleyball after some memorable years on the court: “It was amazing. I Couldn’t have asked for a better start. I got into the first Men’s team straight away and enjoyed travelling away to BUCS and MVL fixtures. I also met new friends and team members who became friends for life as well.”

Soon after joining the men’s first team, Fernandes was appointed team captain, which as expected carried more responsibility than the role of a regular squad player.

“As captain, there were so many things to do off the court as well. I had to sort out travel arrangements for our away fixtures for BUCS through the student union, I had to pick the team each game and make sure that everyone showed up for training.”

The 24-year-old continued: “In games, I had to make sure the team was in good shape, it was my job to keep the energy up and make good in-game decisions as well.”

Fernandes recently led LJMU’s men’s first team to a Varsity win over the University of Liverpool, the last time he would participate in the fixture: “It was one of the best feelings. It’s always amazing to win Varsity as it’s one of the biggest games of the year and winning it felt amazing, especially with the team I had around me.”

On top of captaining the LJMU side, the 24-year-old also plays for a club outside of the University: “I play for Everton Volleyball club but I haven’t been as involved with the team this year as I’m in my final year and doing my masters.”

“I made LJMU Volleyball club my main priority rather than Everton as I’m the captain of the team. I also had so much to do as I am in my final year.” So what are his plans now? “After I graduate from University I am going to commit to Everton and will be playing full-time for them.”

Garsio has encouraging words for aspiring players: “It’s a tough world out there. Not everyone is going to be picked for the team. So if you want to get into the team, make sure you train hard, work hard and manage your time well.”