swva newsletter – issue 295 – 2015-Apr

April 2015 / Issue: 295 / SWVA Membership: 1,400
Registered Players (2014-15): 470 / Registered Juniors (2014-15): 140

Hi all,

More news from around the region, if you have a summer tournament that is not listed below, please let us know.

Dave Reece

Junior Beach Training


2015 Junior Beach Training Date

  • 10th May SW Junior Beach Training Boys, Croyde 10.00-4.30
  • 10th May SW Junior Beach Training Girls, Croyde 10.00-4.30
  • 25th May SW Junior Beach Training Boys, Croyde 10.00-4.30
  • 25th May SW Junior Beach Training Girls, Croyde 10.00-4.30

To attend, please fill in the following form and bring a signed Parental Consentform: SWVA Junior Beach Training

Training costs are £10 per day, you will need a pack lunch, drink and sun cream, for more details, please contact Denise Austin denise@beachvolleyballinc.com

Hampshire – Sitting Volleyball Cup 2015

We currently have 5 teams taking part in this event from Guernsey, Kent, Southampton and Portsmouth if you would be interested in putting a team forward please contact Richard Osborne to confirm your interest. The Sitting Volleyball Cup event is taking place on Sun 26th April at Crestwood Community College, Eastleigh, details below

Mark Simmons m.simmons@volleyballengland.org

There’s only three weeks left before the window closes for entries to the inaugural HVA Sitting Volleyball Cup, so don’t miss out – get your entry form filled in and returned to me as soon as possible.

Players from standing volleyball clubs have really enjoyed the taster sessions that have been offered so if your team would like one delivered for FREE please do get in touch.

HVA is here to support volleyball in all its formats – it would be great to get 8 teams for the Sitting Volleyball Cup so please show your support by entering a team.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Tournament Nets Required

I am currently with Salisbury Volleyball Club and we are trying to arrange our annual Volleyball Tournament on 9/10th August, however the club that we hired our nets from last year are unable to hire them to us this year.

If anyone can help, we would be looking to hire a total of 18 nets if possible.

Many Thanks in advance
Karen (Yorkie) York
Salisbury Volleyball Club
Karen York Karen.York@musgrave.co.uk

National Champions

The 29th of March 2015 will be a day to remember for the Academy of Beach Sports, the highlight was the win over Richmond Volleyball for the National U16 Girls title, coming back from 0-2 down to win by two points in the fifth set. Hopefully everyone was watching the match on their TV’s and PC’s, Volleyball England had excellent on line TV coverage of the Final’s.

However that was only part of the story, as the day proved to be a major clash of dates for the Academy. Not only had they made their way through to the U16 Girls Finals in Kettering but also the finals of the British Colleges Girls Championship in Bath and a SW Ladies League commitment against Yeovil and Torexe in Exeter.


Fortunately the Academy was not only able to fully fill all their commitments but also picked up the British Colleges Girls Championship title to add to the U16 Girls Title. As for the SW league matches, not their day this time but the team still has the change of claiming third place in the league in the last round of fixtures.

Veiw from the Bench: Volleyball England U16 Cup Final. 2-2, fifth set 9-7 down

Well done to all the players, coaching team, parents and volunteers, a day to remember.

Volleyball Training device

You can find all sorts of interesting volleyball video’s on line, had this one sent to me the other day from a Turkish web site, looks interesting:

Beach Student Cup entries are now open!

Beach Student Cup entries are now open!

After the success of last year’s event, Volleyball England is pleased to announce that we will once again be working in partnerhsip with Academy of Beach Sports to deliver the Beach Student Cup in Croyde, Devon. The venue provides a backdrop of fantastic scenery, miles of sand and great facilities. Accommodation is available nearby, providing easy access to the competition venue as well as a place where all the players can socialise after a long days play.

Rohan West, Participation Director at Volleyball England said “the Beach Student Cup is a fantasic event, providing a fitting start to the beach season. We look forward to welcoming players from Universities and Colleges from across the country to the south west. Academy of Beach Sports did a superb job in delivering the event last year and we couldn’t be happier with their plans to make this year’s event even better.”

Further information, rules and entry details can be found on our beach student cup page. Please contact our comeptitions team if you have any further queries.

SW Annual Awards 2015

The South West Volleyball Association appreciates the importance of volunteers in our sport and the huge contribution they make. The Annual Awards go a little way to recognise their contribution and we hope that clubs and members will nominate those who they believe have put in their time and energy to assure the future development of volleyball.

All nominees for volunteer awards must be part of an affiliated club or association. Nominees for the coach or referee awards must be currently registered Volleyball England Coaches or Referees (or have recently retired from long standing registration / membership). Nominators must follow guidelines detailed on the form as well as providing any additional relevant information that may apply.

The 2015 Award Nomination form Annual Awards Form

Details of the 2014 winners https://www.swva.org.uk/awards

March 3Touch Magazine – Now Online

March 3Touch Magazine - Now Online

The latest edition of 3Touch magazine is now online, Click Here to view.

  • Coaching Qualifications – Why they matter
  • Namibia – The changing face of African volleyball
  • NVL – Get more money for your team

Volleyball England Voice – Ringwood

SW VE Voice 2015-2868_webFor those who missed or were unable to attend the Exeter Volleyball Voice, it will be back in the East of our Region on the 23rd April.

DORSET & HAMPSHIRE INVESTMENT ZONE – Thursday 23rd April, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (Ellingham and Ringwood RFC, Parsonage Barn Lane, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1PZ)

If you wish to attend, could you please let us know via the following link:http://www.volleyballengland.org/volleyball_voice_reply_form (Please note that there is limited parking for cars)

Kind Regards
Mark Simmons
Volleyball Relationship Manager – Dorset & Hampshire Volleyball England
T: 07850 938280
E: m.simmons@volleyballengland.org

The slide pack from the SW Volleyball Voice is now available on line, you can view / download it at: VE Voice 2015 (SW)

High Peaks Open Trials

If you are, or know an aspiring young volleyball player, Volleyball England are running trials for the opportunity to be selected as part of the England National Junior Programme.
Trials are taking place at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering on Friday 3rd April 2015 from 9am (schedule to follow) Athletes will need to register their attendance through the registration form which can be found on the England Cadets page

The deadline for registration is Monday the 30th March 2015

Boys – requirements are that athletes are born between 1st January 2000 and 1st January 2002 and hold a valid British passport
Girls – requirements are that athletes are born between 1st September 1998 and 1st January 2002 and hold a valid British passport

The cost for the day is £5, lunch is not provided (further details on payment as well as schedule will be provided at a later date once registrations are received)

We are looking for athletes to become part of the Volleyball England Talent Pathway, attend National Squad Camps at Kettering and who are eligible for high performance competitions such as; Sainsburys School Games, NEVZA and CEV. Athletes will be tested during the camp and have the opportunity to show their volleyball expertise and skill on court, whilst being coached by our England National Team Coaches.

Please contact the Talent team via email or via 01509 227722 if you have any further questions,

Croyde King & Queen of the Beach

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Wristbands for the festival are only available for purchase from the Beach Academy website up until Monday 8th June 17:00

PLEASE NOTE: Entries for the men’s event will be capped at 112 players. Entries for the women’s event will be capped at 96 players. Additional players will be put on a waiting list and contacted should a space become available.

Every player must enter using the form below, regardless of whether you are playing the whole weekend, or just the Sunday. once you have filled in the form there will be a slight wait and then you will be taken to a payment page, where you can choose between the 3 payment packages-the weekend with festival wristband, the weekend without wristband or just the Sunday. If you want to be placed in a high division but lack points, YOU MUST GIVE US AS MANY DETAILS AS POSSIBLE..OTHERWISE YOU ONLY HAVE YOURSELF TO BLAME!
Once you have filled it in you will be redirected to Paypal to make payment.


  • Cost PER PLAYER: £23 for the King & Queen of the Beach on Saturday which also includes entry into Sunday Pairs tournament.
  • Cost PER PLAYER with FESTIVAL WRIST BAND: £38.50 for the King & Queen of the Beach on Saturday which also includes entry into Sunday Pairs tournament.
  • Cost PER PLAYER for SUNDAY ONLY: £12.50 Sunday Pairs tournament only.

Please make sure you let us know your partner’s name or if you are looking to be hooked up with a partner there is a singles board available on the Saturday to find a match for Sunday.

Cardiff Open 2015

Caediff VC is pleased to confirm that our 4 court indoor tournament has been confirmed for 2015. The event will be held over the weekend of 12th + 13th September 2015.

It will follow our usually excellent format (4 indoor courts comprising of 12 teams men / women competing in a 6 v 6 ). Further details will be available soon, however to register your interest please contact main event organiser (Steve Marshall) via email or mobile as listed on flyer below.

VE Strategy 2024

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In March 2015, we launched our Strategy 2024!

This strategy presents a long term vision for where we would like to see volleyball in England in 2024!

We have published a booklet setting out the 11 bold ambitions which will enable volleyball to develop and grow stronger over the next 10 years.

We have also produced a great video with many recognisable stars and volunteers summarising the Strategy 2024 and bringing to life the ambitions and targets.

Volleyball is a global sport. Millions of people all over the earth enjoy all aspects and disciplines; Indoor, Beach and Sitting. This Strategy 2024 has been informed by many of our members, partners and stakeholders and we are absolutely confident that we will have a truly vibrant sport, played, watched and talked about by everyone in England by 2024!

AMB Volleyball Cup – Espinho 2015

amb welcomWe hereby invite your club to participate in “AMB VOLLEYBALL CUP – ESPINHO 2015” to be held in the city of Espinho, Portugal, between 29 June and 4 July.

This is the fourth edition of this international tournament, whose three previous editions have proved a huge success, which fills us with great pride!

The tournament is organized by Volleyball Academy Maia / Brenha (AMB), which is belonging to two of the best Portuguese volleyball players ever, Olympic athletes Miguel Maia and Joao Brenha, and is aimed at young people with the following ages (male and female) in the followed competitive levels:

a) Minis B Female and male, athletes born in 2002 and 2003 (4×4)
b) Child Female and Male, athletes born in 2001
c) Initiates Female and Male, athletes born in 2000
d) Cadets Female and Male, athletes born in 1999
e) Youth Female and Male, athletes born in 1998
f) Junior Female and Male, athletes born in 1996 and 1997
g) Under / 23 Female and Male Athletes born until 30/06/1993 + 2 athletes per team over 23 years.

Attached we send the dossier with all the information about the tournament.Dossier_pt_amb_cup_2015

Blow you can see a summary of what was the 2014 tournament “AMB VOLLEYBALL CUP – ESPINHO”.

They can also watch a video with the presentation of our 2015 tournament, where we have the participation of some of the biggest superstars volleyball and other sports areas, in promoting this event: