swva newsletter – issue 293 – 2015-Feb

Hi all,

More news from around the region,

Dave Reece

2015 Volleyball Voice – Exeter

We would like to invite you to the SW Region 2015 Volleyball England Voice Presentation / Meeting on Saturday the 7th February at the Riverside LC, Exeter (start 12:45).

“We have taken on-board the feedback from the previous events to have more member oriented aspects and the opportunity for an open discussion. So outlined below is the proposed agenda, which would cover 2-3 hours:”

  • Review of volleyball’s achievements of 2014
  • Strategy 2024 – What’s it mean for my club & myself?
  • External Funding Workshop – Where can my club/area/region go for development grants?
  • Creating a Sustainable Club Workshop – How can my club benefit from Sport England’s Club Matters services and Club Mark awards? Where possible, this will include a representative from the Sport England Club Leaders team.
  • Open Discussion

Everyone is welcome to come along, a SW Inter Regional Girls Training session will also be taking place in the main hall. Please feel free to look in and to see what they are up to, they will also be joining us for a short period (during their lunch break).

It’s free to attend however we would like to have a good idea on numbers, so we can get the tea/coffee/refreshments and the number of chairs correct, could you please let us know if you are planning to attend via the following form, thank you. Volleyball Voice Attending

Dave Reece
SWVA Chair

The 2015 Exeter Challenge


The Challenge: Can your team come out on top in a series of seventeen minute timed matches, it’s intense, competitive and enjoyable. A complete cross section of teams take part each year. As always, please book your place early, first come first severed.

Entry forms are now available for the annual Exeter Men’s Challenge (12th Apr) and the Exeter Ladies Challenge (26th Apr)  end of season events: Details and entry forms at the Exeter Challenge web site.

Volleyball Coaching Course – Reading

There is a UKCC Level 2 Volleyball Coaching Course taking place on the 25th & 26th April and 20th & 21st June at Maiden Erlegh School, Reading, Berkshire.

Please click on the following link for more details and/or to register https://www.volleyballengland.org/courses

2015 Snow Volleyball Tour


The 2015 Snow Volleyball Tour will be getting underway in Europe soon, you can check out the tour news and info at www.snowvolleyball.com

The Snow Volleyball adventure began in 2008 amid the mountains of Wagrain. For the first time in the history of this winter sports resort, net posts and pitch lines were dug into the snow at an altitude of around 1,850m. The initial event at the Flying Mozart mountain station between the two ski chalets “Kogelalm” and “Gipfelstadl” attracted hundreds of astounded yet thrilled spectators and offered the perfect location for the coming year. The mix of top-level sports and extreme weather fascinated fans and athletes alike.


International tour

This rapid development took its next logical steps in 2013, 2014 and 2015, when the event series was expanded to include Switzerland (Engelberg), Italy (Kronplatz) as well as Spindler Mühle (Špindlerův Mlýn) in the Czech Republic). International encouragement from participants, the media and sponsors continues to be huge, so the Snow Volleyball Tour 2015 powered by Amway looks set for another exciting year.

2014 St Anton Video (and the last part is in English)

Future of the sport

Chaka2 GmbH works assiduously with all national associations to strengthen collaboration on an international level. One clear goal of the movement is to acquire global recognition and introduce as many people as possible to this sport on snow. We are therefore now working hard to organise venues for the official European championships in 2016.

Beach Volleyball World Championships 2015

dutch work chaps

The Netherlands will break the mould when they welcome the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2015 from June 26 – July 5.

It is the first time the country will host the tournament and also marks the first time the action will unfold over four different cities. In a departure from previous editions, organisers want to share the fan experience of the 10th edition of the tournament with as many supporters as possible. Courts will be set up in The Hague, Amsterdam, Apeldoorn and Rotterdam with the world’s top stars spread out across four unique venues.

Start ordering your tickets they go on general sale in February on a first-come, first-served basis. See http://netherlands2015.fivb.org/en

A few things of interest to look out for:


A Floating Stadium

The Hague will be the main venue of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, it will host the opening match, semifinals and finals.

A temporary stadium, which will have the city’s parliament building as its backdrop, will be constructed for the duration of the World Championships – a unique floating stadium will be built on the Hofvijver pond. The stadium will be able to seat 5,500 spectators and is the largest of the four World Championship venues.


World Record Attempt

During the World Championships, the people of the Netherlands will be encouraged to get involved in beach volleyball with a world record attempt featuring on the official programme.

The setting for the event will be the sandy beaches of Scheveningen, close to the competition venue in the city centre of The Hague. Five hundred beach volleyball courts will be set up, enabling over 5,000 beach volleyball players to practice their favourite sport simultaneously. The world record attempt will take place on Saturday, June 27.

Registration for the event will start in the spring of 2015. More information will follow in due course.

VE Annual Awards Nominations

Annual Awards Nominations are now OPEN

So much of our sport’s success is down to the dedication, hard work and enthusiasm of our volunteers, coaches, clubs and, of course, players. We want to recognise the commitment they make every year with our end of season celebration that is the Annual Awards Evening!

Awards will be presented on the evening of Saturday 25th April, during the Super 8s Finals Weekend, at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering. The Annual Awards evening is always a special opportunity to celebrate nominees across a number of categories and is a great chance for the entire volleyball community to meet all in one building, let their hair down and celebrate another brilliant year. The evening will include a three-course meal, award presentations and disco.

This year we have added a few new categories and nominations are now OPEN
The categories are:

  • Young Coach of the Year
  • Children’s Coach of the Year
  • Participation Coach of the Year
  • Performance Development Coach of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Long Service Award
  • Young Official of the Year
  • Referee of the Year
  • Services to Refereeing
  • Club of the Year
  • Play of the Year (will be voted by the public)
  • HEVO of the Year
  • Event of the Year

Nominations can be made by anyone within the volleyball community and the process takes only a few minutes. So why not nominate someone at your club or team to publicly acknowledge their achievements and thank them.

The nominations are open until the 20th March and can be made using the link below:


Please do not leave this till the last minute as we will not be accepting any entries after the closing date. Tickets for the event can be purchased on our website now.

If you have any further questions, please contact Roman Neveykin, Workforce Officer on r.neveykin@volleyballengland.org or 01509 227730.

NatWest Island Games – 150 days to go


The ways in which Jersey 2015 will leave a legacy are being explored by the Sports Development Department. It’s hoped that, by getting people – particularly young people – involved, they will become actively engaged and continue in the sports long after the Games have ended. So far, discussions are most advanced with volleyball and shooting.

Volleyball may be promoted in secondary schools and colleges, who could provide ballgirls and boys and line judges at both indoor and beach volleyball.  From: www.jersey2015.com

A total of 11 islands will be represented in volleyball and 9 in beach volleyball, at Jersey 2015. See the full list at http://www.jersey2015.com/sports/volleyball–amp–beach-volleyball