swva newsletter – issue 301 – 2015-Sep

Sep 2015 / Issue: 301 / SWVA Membership: 1,500

Hi all,

More news from around the region plus a few items of interest.

Dave Reece

SW Vets Tournament Entry Form

Entries are now open for the 2015 SW Veterans Tournament

The event will take place on Sunday 29th November 2015 at the Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter. Please complete the entry form SW Vets Entry 2015

Closing date for entries is 20th October 2015, however the event is limited to 12 teams, so as usual places will be allocated to those who enter quickest!

Although the name of the event is the SW Vet’s Tournament, it’s more than that, with two thirds of the entries being from mixed teams. The competition uses a handicap system based not just on age but also with additional points for each female on court at the start of the match, encouraging a true mixed tournament. Teams then have to either hold on to their point’s advantage or catch the other team up within the allotted match period of seventeen minutes.

It’s a format that produces an excellent match environment and very entertaining volleyball for players and spectators alike and has produced a different event winner each year.

Can you design a new kit for the SW U17 Squad?

Our SWVA U17 squad kit has come to the end of its life (after about ten years of use) can you design a new cutting edge looking for the team?


  • SWVA squads tend to play in blue & white kit but it could be different.
  • In addition to the shirt numbers, it must also include our SWVA logo(s) (logo and font details at: https://www.swva.org.uk/swva-logo ) and leave space for existing and future shirt sponsorship.
  • Need to include two Libero designs (reverse image)
  • We will give a prize to the winning designer.
  • All designs will be voted on by the Exec and the SW squad members.
  • Timescale: We need to use the new kit in April 2016.

SWVA U17 Shirt Sponsorship

Providing the required kit for our SW Squads to compete in development events and the end of season Inter Regional Championships cost £500 per team, hence we are looking for some new sponsors to help with the new kit cost. Can you or your company help, once purchased your name will appear in all photos and team reports for the life of the shirt and hence represents good value.

In exchange you can use the team photos and the latest team reports in your company publications. Your company name and logo will be added to our list of sponsors and displayed on our web site pages (bottom left) and forwarded to all members in our SW Newsletter. A minimum of 40,000 page views per year for the life of the shirt.

Offer of sponsorship or for your kit design, please contact Dave Reece (SWVA Chairman)Dave.Reece@Network100.co.uk

SW Mini-Volleyball GP Saturday 10th October

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Just a reminder that the first Mini-Volleyball Grand Prix of the season takes place on  Saturday 10th October 2015  at the Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Cheddon Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 7QP .  It starts at 1 p.m.  and expected to finish around 5 p.m.  You can enter using the link https://www.swva.org.uk/junior-grand-prix-entry-form and the cost of entering is £15  per team.

Teams are generally made up with three players, but two can play together or you can have a team of four where players rotate in. It is also allowed to include one younger boy in a girls team or one girl up to one year older in a boys team.  The weight of balls should be appropriate to the age group playing and the team with the youngest player will always select the weight of the lightweight balls if there is a dispute.

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I would like to make the closing date for entries Friday 2nd October  at 6 p.m.  All players must be registered to take part in the Junior Grand Prix. Player registration can be done by clubs by logging into the SWVA web site with your club login details (available from your club sec or coach) and fill in the Player Registration Form (Name & email address required).

The following show the future dates of the series:-


Sat 14th Grand Prix U12 to U15 13:00 to 17:00 Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Cheddon Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 7QP  Cost £15 per team.



Sat 23rd Grand Prix U12 to U15 13:00 to 17:00 Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Cheddon Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 7QP  Cost £15 per team.


Sat 13th Grand Prix U12 to U15 13:00 to 17:00  Plymouth Cost £15 per team.


Sat 19th SW Mini-Volleyball Championships U12 to U15 2pm to 6pm Wellsway School, Bristol – Cost: £15 per team

I hope there will be a good season of Volleyball ahead.

David Walrond,  dc.walrond@ntlworld.com.

Cardiff Beach Volleyball Club

cardiff beach vc logoA new City Centre Beach Volleyball Club, open to all to promote the playing of Beach Volleyball. Victoria Park Canton Cardiff.



More information on the clubs facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1455629078075388/

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Sitting Volleyball Workshop – Portsmouth

I would like to bring to your attention a Sitting Volleyball Workshop that is taking place on the 6th October 1 pm-5 pm at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre inPortsmouth. I am delighted to confirm that this course will be delivered by a trained tutor and local Head Coach of Portsmouth Sitting Volleyball Club, Richard Osborne. The Workshop will give candidates:-

  • An introduction to sitting volleyball
  • Understanding moving and introducing the game
  • Sitting Volleyball techniques – what makes it different
  • Adapted games – fun variations on playing the game

The course costs £50 per person, which includes training from a qualified and experienced Sitting Volleyball Coach, 6 beach balls, a net band as well as a resource pack. If you are interested in attending this course please can I ask you to register by searching the course listed (F) at the following link

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Mark Simmons

Volleyball Relationship Manager – Dorset & Hampshire
T: 07850 938280
E: m.simmons@volleyballengland.org

Oops – Incorrect Date

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If you have recently received your new Volleyball England Coaching or Referees card, double check the expiry date (31/07/2015!!). It appears a number of members have received cards with incorrect dates, just ask for a replacement.

Developing Young Players

We are pleased to let you know that we will be running a 3 day seminar on the topic ofDeveloping Young Players. The seminar is scheduled to run over two days with an additional late evening session on Friday 30th October delivered by Joel Banks (Belgian Junior Head Coach & Ex GB Development Programme Head Coach) and Antti Paananen (Former Head Coach of Finland Women’s National Team & Junior National Team).developing young players

The seminar will take place on the 30th October, 31st October and 1st November at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering alongside our U17 NEVZA Championships.

Price Packages:
£190 –
Includes accommodation on Friday, Saturday and all meals.
£130 – No accommodation

Course Duration: 3 Days (30th, 31st October, 1st November)
Arrival: Afternoon 30th October
Application deadline:
8th October 2015
 National Volleyball Centre – Kettering

More information about the seminar can also be found here. Application form and course poster is attached. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on:coaching@volleyballengland.org or call 01509 227730

We look forward to welcoming you to our National Centre for what should be a fantastic seminar.

Please let me know if you are interested and

Kind Regards,

Roman Neveykin
Workforce Officer

DD: + 44 (0) 1509 227730
M: + 44 (0) 7850 938 281
E: r.neveykin@volleyballengland.org

SW Junior Squad IRC Training

New IRC U14 training nets

Just a reminer to all, that the SW IRC Training has started with monthly sessions for all junior Girls and Boys.

October Dates

  • 10 Oct SW Girls IRC training Riverside Exeter 12.00 to 17.00 Details
  • 24 Oct SW Boys IRC training Riverside Exeter 11.00 to 16.00 Details

Volleyball England Competitions Review – have your say!

If you are involved or take part in Volleyball England run events, then VE would like to hear from you – see below…

Most of our members do not take part in VE events but our SW Junior program is part of the VE run Inter Regional Championship (IRC) program. If you have junior players, daughters, son’s, current, past or future players, we would like to suggest that you indicate support for the IRC program in the Junior survey below (SWVA Exec committee). 

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On 20th April 2015, we launched a full review of all Volleyball Competitions and Major Events to ensure that we are actively working towards the creation of ‘an integrated top to bottom event structure which contains a portfolio of high quality domestic and international events’ as outlined within ‘Strategy 2024’.

The views of Volleyball England members are critical to the success of this review. This stakeholder survey is part of a wide ranging consultation process to capture the views of clubs, regional associations, Volleyball England commissions and the wider membership.

We are seeking your inputs to improve existing competitions and to enable us to consider any new competitions or competition structures that may be required to support the development of Volleyball.

There are 4 separate surveys. Each survey has a specific focus – please complete those that are most relevant to you, or your club or association.
Your help in completing this survey is greatly appreciated as it will help ensure that we are able to improve existing competitions and develop new competition concepts/structures to increase participation, enhance performance and grow the sport.

The survey opens on 21st September and will close at 12 noon on 9th October.

If you have any questions regarding this review, please contactcompsreview@volleyballengland.org.

Kind regards,
Rob Cook
International Events and Competitions Director
Volleyball England


View from a volunteer

View from a volunteer

It’s one thing approaching a new event as a relatively experienced event volunteer, but quite another experience when it’s with a National Governing Body you’ve had no prior contact with. So I approached the London Legacy Volleyball  Cup organisation  with a good degree of curiosity and just a little uncertainty.

Without question, the blend of the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the conspicuously high standard competition from both home and abroad teams had certainly caught my eye, as did the variety and quality of volunteer roles on offer.  So, straight away, this looked like an attractive opportunity and well worth applying for.  Subsequently, I was delighted to be offered the role of Client / Spectator Services Team Assistant Manager……..

You can read the full item by David Hayday at: www.swva.org.uk

The Coed Net?

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Item from the Internet

Here’s the rules of the Coed-Net
Coed-Net Rules: The rules are the same than regular beach volleyball with these additional rules:
1- Men cannot jump serve over female side of the net.
2- Men cannot attack or block over female side.
3- The ball cannot touch the pole or antenna in the center of the net

SW Volleyball App for Apple IOS devices

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iPhone / iPad / Mac Users:

Adding the SWVA (web clip) App to your iPhone or iPad is really simple, just follow these steps below:


  1. Open the Safari web browser app on your iPhone / iPad / Mac.
  2. Browse to the page: https://www.swva.org.uk/swva
  3. Tap the Action Box (the square with the arrow coming out of it).
  4. Tap Add to Home Screen.

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Keep up to date on your local all the SWVA news…

Young Coaches/Officials Programme

Young Coaches/Officials Programme Now Open For Applications!

In partnership with Youth Sport Trust, Volleyball England are once again opening up a fantastic opportunity for young coaches and young officials aged 15-19 to be part of an exciting development programme! The applications are now open and the full programme prospectus can be found here.

Building on the success of the 2014-15 programme, the starting event will be a unique 4 day residential camp, based at Loughborough University, which will bring together 350 of the country’s most talented young sports people, to take part in a number of practical based workshops. The camp will test and challenge the attendees in an intense multi-sport environment and prepare them for the programme that is to follow.

Following on from the camp, the coaches and officials will be exposed to further development opportunities through a series of workshops courses and events! Here is a tiny snippet of what we did last year: