swva newsletter – issue 300 – 2015-aug-extra

Aug 2015 / Issue: 300 / SWVA Membership: 1,400

Hi all,

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

Dave Reece

Exmouth Beach 4’s Tournament

2015 Tournament Info

Date: Sunday 6th September 2015
Start Time: 10am
Registration: 9.15am – 9.45am
Costs: £20 per team (cheque) £21 per team (PayPal)
Teams: Men’s, women’s & mixed teams with a max of 5 team members
Closing date for entries: 3rd September

Tournament Entry

You can enter a team by form or online using your PayPal account or a credit card. Once entry and payment have been received, the team name will be posted in the Competitors section. Please make sure that your team name is listed.

Tournament Format

There will be a men’s and women’s competition in the morning and a mixed in the afternoon. You may therefore enter both men’s/women’s and mixed competitions.

Please note that there may not be separate divisions 1 and 2 for the men’s, women’s and mixed sections if entry numbers are not high enough. Enter the division you feel you should be placed in and we will seed accordingly.

See www.ExmouthBeachVolleyball.com to enter.

SW IRC Coaching Opportunities

The Inter Regional Championships program is the competitive outlet for junior volleyball players throughout the region and is part of Regional Talent Development programmes.

In addition to the main end of season event held in London or Kettering, the program includes monthly training sessions in Exeter, match training and various development teams taking part in SW events.

The program also includes coaching development opportunities, its a great place for experienced coaches to help others and for our younger assistant coaches to learn and to develop their coaching skill. In addition to the coaches, their is also a back ground administration team that works behind the scene.

We are currently looking to boost and expand our Girls coaching team, if your would like to get involved as an existing coach or to develop your coaching experience as an assistant coach, then please let me know.

Dave Reece Dave.Reece@Network100.co.uk
SWVA Chairman

High Tech Beach Volleyball

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This week BBC Click program feature some high tech being used to help beach volleyball players in Australia with Bluetooth sensors to analyse their jumping and air time. One aim is to try to reduce the number of injuries players pick up as they move from the out door season back to the indoor season.


Grade 4 Referee Course – Swansea

Grade 4 referee course – introduction to refereeing indoors – is being held in Swansea Uni on the 10th Oct from 9.00am – 5.00pm.  Candidates should be 16 or over and bookings are to be made on the Volleyball England course finder pages.  Costs are £50 per person and additional information can be provided by Yvonne Saker at ysaker@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

Contact: Roman Neveykin
Tel: 01509 227730
Email: r.neveykin@volleyballengland.org
Address: Swansea University Sports Centre, Sketty Lane, Swansea, SA2 8QB

Many thanks
Yvonne Saker
Email: ysaker@cardiffmet.ac.uk

U16 & U18 National Championship 2015-16

U16 & U18 National Championship 2015-16 entries now open!

The Volleyball England U16 & U18 National Championships, the biggest junior indoor volleyball competition in the UK, has opened for entry.

For more details and to enter click here.

Entries close on Monday 12th October 2015 for the U16’s and 15th September 2015 for the U18’s, so enter now to guarantee your place in what promises to be another superb year of competition. For more information please contact Competitions via email or on 01509 227722.

Laurence Shenker
Competitions Administrator

DD:  01509-227722
E:    l.shenker@volleyballengland.org

Exmouth Beach Pairs Results

Its been an interesting 18 months but thanks to mother nature, we can now announce that Exmouth Beach Volleyball is back!!!


Most people will remember the TV images of the Dawlish sea wall railway line being washed away in February 2014 by the storms that hit the SW region that month. Just two miles across the bay at Exmouth, three of our four permanent beach courts were completely washed away, plus the whole beach dropped by two metres. Only three of the original eight volleyball posts could be found but the whole area was now below the tide level, needless to say, no more beach tournament.

During this winter, sand started to slowly return and we held a joint beach inspection with the beach owner in April. One metre of sand had come back, we had enough space for a small six court tournament above the tide line. During the last six months, we have seen another half metre of sand return, we are now up to 12 courts, we are back in business – Time for a tournament to celebrate!

2015 Exmouth Beach Open Pairs


Not the biggest Exmouth Beach Pairs event but that did not matter, it was great to be back. As well as the Men’s & Ladies events, we also added a mixed pairs event for the first time, which proved quite popular.


We also welcomed back the regions most experienced (and original beach volleyball players) of Old Al MBE and Jim, who clock up over 140 years of experience between them. SW legends with their own brand of the game that kept us all and the passing crowd entertained, well done guy’s see you again next year.

2015 Results


The Ladies final was an all EBVC club affair with Claire Babbage and Laura Wilson beating Ali West and Nikki Batho to the top spot. The 2015 Men’s title went to Valdis Baranovs & Donatas Jokubauskas, with James Annells & Matthew Rhymer in second place.

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The mixed pairs title went to Michelle Adams & Michal Zglinski, who finished just ahead of Andy Gapinski & Eva Gapinska, and the Men’s division two title went to Jakub Morys & Milo Kuchajewicz.

Beach Volleyball School “Glow Series”


Looking for something new and a way to extend your out door beach or grass season. I have been sent details about the following from Beach Volleyball School – Sussex. Should not be too hard to replicate on your own beach or local park area…

“Remember the days of glow sticks and dayglo clothing?

Well, those days are back with a vengeance with The Beach Volleyball School “Glow Series” of beach volleyball tournaments.

Don’t let the dark nights get you down – be uplifted by the glow!

– to include glow in the dark balls and courts, glow sticks, music, BBQ, drinks and fun. Book now! Spaces are limited.”

www.beachvolleyballschool.co.uk / www.facebook.com/events

Funding for Wiltshire and Swindon

Dear All NGB Officers covering Wiltshire and Swindon,

…..Our last available opportunity for an NGB or Community Club to get a project into our year 3 plan and approved by Sport England will be by Thursday 17thSeptember!!!!

After this date remaining funding we currently have will not be available….

See the full item at: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/funding-for-wiltshire-and-swindon

The UK Creative Mind Behind Team USA’s Jerseys

A Q&A with Emre Gultekin, Mizuno graphic designer and the creator of the 2015 U.S. National Team jerseys

A close-up shot of the message on the inside of the U.S. National Team jersey collars.

Emre Gultekin is a U.K.-based teamwear graphic designer for Mizuno and the creator of the 2015 U.S. National Team jerseys. In this brief Q&A, Gultekin explains the inspiration behind the jerseys and shares the feelings he hope to evoke.

Volleyball mag: How did you become interested in sportswear design?

Emre Gultekin: I can clearly remember watching the European Football Championship and the 1984 Summer Olympics and totally falling in love with the athletes’ uniforms. During my childhood, I often drew athletes’ uniforms and I followed many international sport tournaments. I studied textile and graphic design at university in Turkey and worked as a graphic designer at various companies before landing my current job with Mizuno.

VBM: Where did you look for inspiration when faced with the task of designing the U.S. National Team jerseys?

EG: Mizuno has a very strong relationship with the USA Volleyball teams, and the past jersey designs were outstanding. Therefore, I was a bit intimidated by the task of trying to create better designs. I did a lot of research about volleyball jerseys, and I created a garment layout. I wanted the jerseys to be comfortable but have some innovative design elements. I collected all the relevant information I could find about the U.S. volleyball teams, such as the most successful times, unforgettable moments, and achievements. I used these valuable insights with recognizable symbols of the U.S. as inspiration, and from there I came up the design concept. I wanted to capture the national elements of the U.S., to express USA pride and power.

See more of the item at: http://volleyballmag.com/articles/43659-the-creative-mind-behind-team-usa-s-jerseys