Applications for the Higher Education Volleyball Officer (HEVO) Programme have now opened for the 2019/20 academic year.
With the launch, the HEVO Information Pack 2019/20, which has the details of the programme for the forthcoming year, is now available too.
The HEVO programme sees students take up official ambassadorial roles as HEVOs in their universities and deliver recreational volleyball sessions for fellow students. These sessions are separate from university volleyball teams with players of all abilities and experiences encouraged to get involved.
Now in its ninth year, the HEVO programme is Volleyball England’s flagship scheme for increasing participation in volleyball and is backed by exclusive funding support from Sport England.
What is involved for a HEVO?
- A HEVO needs to deliver at least one recreational volleyball session per week
- Training is provided at the HEVO Conference in September
- Each HEVO receives a grant to spend on the programme
- Free or subsidised places on volleyball qualifications
- Branded Nike kit
- Increased employability – with a reference from Volleyball England and developing a host of professional skills
What is involved for the university?
- Increased activity levels of students, including those who are typically less active
- Investment in each HEVO through training and grants
- Insight on activity at each specific university from the Student Volleyball Survey
- Universities need to provide at least one slot in your sports hall each week
Changes to the programme
One of the key changes to the programme this year will see a delegate fee charged for the HEVO Conference. The price will be £100 for a university’s first place and £250 for further places. The charge has been introduced to help maintain the long-term sustainability of the programme.
“The programme remains heavily subsidised with the HEVOs gaining £150 or £300 of grants, free kit, the two-day training experience of the Conference and ongoing support from Volleyball England,” says Volleyball England’s Rob Payne, who coordinates the programme. “With funding being cut across all sports in the country, the delegate fees will be re-invested into the programme so it can continue to thrive.”
“The programme is always a huge hit with students and universities – over 60 institutions were part of the it last year. It’s a vital scheme for increasing volleyball participation and the HEVOs from the last eight years have told us how it is a really rewarding experience – it has helped to develop their skills and often forms a strong part of their CV when they complete university.”
For all the information on the programme, including the HEVO Conference, visit the HEVO Programme section of the website.
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