swva newsletter – issue 304 – 2016-Mar

Mar 2016 / Issue: 304 / SWVA Membership: 2,000

Hi all,

Time for a end of March Newsletter.

Dave Reece

The 2016 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.

Men’s – SOLD OUT

Ladies (24th Apr) – Just two places left

Details and entry forms at the Exeter Challenge web site.

Capture2016 South West Championships

We have a good number of clubs already in this years competition, to find the best club team in the region. Although the closing date has passed, if you don’t mind paying the late entry fee, we may be able to fit one or two in. See entry form for details.

SW champs entry form 2016

Time To Listen (TTL) Course – Exeter


Time To Listen (TTL) is a workshop designed to support Club Welfare Officers.  The workshop is easy to follow and will enable you to fully understand your role in the club, and help you to effectively safeguard young people in your care.  The TTL course has been developed by the Child Protection in Sport Unit of the NSPCC.

Date & Venue

The Exeter & District VA have now arranged a TTL course on Monday, June 6th, 7-10 pm at the Coaver Club in Exeter. The cost will be £35 per candidate and refreshments will be provided. (Cheques payable to the EDVA)

To Book your place, please email Ros Sutherland at ros.sutherland@googlemail.com

Who Needs to Attend?

All sports need to have a Club Welfare Officer next year and the sport of Volleyball is no different. To take part in any volleyball events, clubs need to be registered with Volleyball England with one or two Club Welfare Officer’s who have completed a Time To Listen and a Safe Guarding Course.


As this is a legal requirement for your club to operate, it is anticipated that club’s will be sponsoring their candidates to attend the course. As above it is generally suggested that a club has a minimum of two trained CWO’s.

Full List of FAQ: http://www.edva.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Safeguarding-Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf

 Time to Listen Course – Bristol

South Bristol Sports Centre – Time to Listen Training for Club Welfare Officers

  • Contact: Owen Lamb
  • Tel: 01509227730
  • Email:o.lamb@volleyballengland.org
  • Address: South Bristol Sports Centre
    West Town Lane
    BS14 9EA
    United Kingdom
  • Attendance:(course min:10  course max:20)
  • Price: £30.00
  • Dates:
    • 25th April 2016 19:00 – 22:00
  • Key info: Sign Up Deadline: 4pm Wednesday 20th April
  • Course Information

Time to Listen Course –Eastleigh College

And if your are in the East of the region, the next courses in your area will be held on  Monday 23rd May 2016 (18:30-21:30) at Eastleigh College, SO50 5FS

Please booked on via the VE website – https://www.volleyballengland.org/courses.

Petroc Aiming for Back To Back Titles


Few heading to the National Championships in April will be able to match the experience of Petroc’s volleyball squads.

Both the boys and girls have qualified – yet again – to represent the South West in Tyne & Wear, making it their seventh and eighth successive years respectively.

But the college’s experience of the National Championships doesn’t stop there, as coach and former student Denise Austin won back-to-back gold medals in 1986 and 1987, so knows exactly what it will take for her girls’ team – who are defending champions – to achieve the same.


Denise Austin (No.5, centre of pic)

“I know what it is to have focus and develop goals, and also once you have won it’s almost easier to win again, as you know you can. The belief is there and they love a fight,” she said.

“I think we are tough to beat and we will have a target on our backs. But I think the girls are getting used to that. They have played National Volleyball League division three this year and have gone unbeaten all season. Many are also in the club team who are in the Volleyball England U18 Cup finals in April. ”

Full item see: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/petroc-aiming-for-back-to-back-titles

 SW Beach Players Aim for Commonwealth Games

Beach Volleyball to be included in 2018 Commonwealth Games

Beach Volleyball will feature for the first time at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 which are set to be held on Australia’s Gold Coast.

In an area synonymous with exceptional beaches, the inclusion of Beach Volleyball has been welcomed heartily by Volleyball England chief executive Lisa Wainwright.

“This is fantastic news which has been many years in the making,” said Lisa. “Our honorary president, Richard Callicott OBE has been instrumental in persuading for the inclusion of Beach Volleyball into the Commonwealth Games for both men and women, and we’re delighted that it will be part of such an iconic event.

“Our beach pair are currently working hard to keep their Olympic dreams alive and to be in with a chance of representing their country at another iconic event, is a great motivator.”

From: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/beach-volleyball-to-be-included-in-2018-commonwealth-games

 Beach Student Cup is set for Sandbanks

Beach Student Cup is set for Sandbanks

Volleyball England is pleased to announce the Beach Student Cup will be heading to Sandbanks, one of the best beaches in the country, on the 11th-12th June this year.

In recent years, over 200 students have competed across the weekend for the title of Beach Student Cup Champions in single gender pairs and mixed gender fours events. Barry Squires, Business and Partnerships Manager at Bournemouth University, is already looking forward to the event.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Volleyball England in hosting the Beach Student Cup. Bournemouth University has a strong reputation in beach volleyball and is ideally placed to deliver this event so we look forward to welcoming all players and spectators to Bournemouth in June.”

Entries for the competition are now open- please click here for the doubles and mixed fours online entry form.

If you have any further information regarding the Beach Student Cup, please contact ourcompetitions team.

 Chinatown’s No. 1 Game


On city streets all around North America, you’ll find athletes playing a game with a net and a ball. No, it’s not basketball, and although this dynamic, aggressive, and attention-grabbing game looks a lot like its sibling sport volleyball, 9-man has more than enough of its own history, culture, and rules to distinguish itself from the six-person game.

Immigrants from Toisan, China, began playing this volleyball-like game in the 1930s to find release and create a place of community. These men would string up a piece of rope across the street or in a parking lot and make a ball out of a tied up towel, and they would spend the days they had off from their grueling restaurant and laundry jobs playing the game that came to be known as 9-man, which is still played in Chinatowns all over North America.

Ursula Liang—a sports journalist, filmmaker, and longtime volleyball player—first encountered 9-man when someone invited her to play in one of the women’s six-person volleyball tournaments often played alongside men’s 9-man competitions.

“As a volleyball player, I was curious about the game because it’s very different,” Liang explained. “It’s very dynamic.”

In 9-man, the ball-handling rules are much less strict than in traditional volleyball. The net is lower, the court larger, jump serving is not allowed, and if the ball is passed into the net, an extra contact is earned. When blocking, players cannot penetrate the plane of the net—referred to as “piking.” And, of course, there are nine players per side.

“You sort of describe [9-man] as a sport that looks like volleyball, but it’s faster and a little bit more chaotic,” said Liang. “Things are happening in a different rhythm, and the rules are a little kooky.”

You can see the full Volleyballmag.com article at: http://volleyballmag.com/articles/43780-chinatown-s-no-1-game

Rio 2016 Update


Cameroon will make their first ever Olympic appearance in Rio 2016, following their 3-2 (25-14, 25-27, 21-25, 25-23, 15-7) upset of Egypt in the African Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament at Palais des Sports.

The Cameroonian scoring tandem of Nana Tchoudjang and Stephanie Fotoso reigned over Egyptian scorers Aya El Sham and Nana Meawad. Tchoudjang recorded 21 points, then Fotoso added 19 points to lead Cameroon to their 3-2 triumph. El Shami topped all scorers, then Nada Meawad added 15 markers on a losing effort for Egypt.

Meanwhile, Kenya seized the bronze medal after a straight-set (25-19, 25-21, 26-24) encounter with Algeria.

Hosts Cameroon earned the right to represent Africa in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, while Egypt and Kenya will have to compete again at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament to be played between May 14 and June 5 at a venue to be confirmed.

You can see how the places for Rio are filling up at: