swva newsletter – issue 305 – 2016-Apr

Apr 2016 / Issue: 305 / SWVA Membership: 2,000

Hi all,

Looks like we are a bit late on the April addition this year.

Dave Reece

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

2015-16 SW Annual Awards Form

swva_logo_227x194The 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 given below as well as providing any additional relevant information that may apply.

Award categories:

Awards 2015 Winners
Doreen Dingle Administrator Award Steffan Paessler
Bert Williams Referee Award Nick Heckford
SW Coach Award Matt Stevens
Commitment to SW Volleyball Award Deryck Williams

The deadline for all nominations is 18th May 2016. Please use the nomination form below or download a paper copy: SWVA Volunteer Awards 2016 blank nomination form

More details and on line form at: 2015-16-sw-annual-awards-form

Entries are now open for Wick 2016!

wick tournament

To enter, please use the form at http://goo.gl/forms/oiB368A64K or emailwickentries@gmail.com

More info will follow in the coming days/weeks, but rest assured, because of Bristol VC’s 30th birthday celebrations, this year’s tournament will be better than ever! Just to give you a few teasers, we hope to have live music and amazing food.

As previously mentioned, as the tournament will be the centre of the club’s 30th birthday celebrations, we’d like the message reach to everyone who has been involved with BVC over its history. So if any of you have contact details of previous members, please can you send them to me in a private message?


SWVA Inter Regional Squad Training

Three of our 2016 SWVA Inter Regional Squads have been involved in match training and team selection in the last couple of weeks.


The U16 Girls have been in action today at the Exeter Challenge, taking on our top SWVA Regional league teams of Cardiff Falcons, Torexe, Royal Wootton Bassett and Bristol plus some of the regions top local league and BUCS teams.


For the U17 Boy’s, we had lined up matches against the Army, the Royal Navy and top SW league team Yeovil, as well as top local league and BUCS teams from around the region.


Also taking part were the U15 Boy’s, for all the SW junior squads involved it was invaluable match training, trying out different combinations and competitive volleyball in preparation for the 2016 Inter Regional Championships next month.

Results at : Exeter Challenge

 Wessex win the double in U18 National Cup Finals

Wessex win the double in U18 National Cup Finals

Wessex resist fightback to claim National Cup

Wessex LeAF reigned supreme in the the U18 women finals after a fierce four-set battle with Beach Academy Waves on Sunday afternoon in the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering.

Wessex LeAF scored the first point of the match and gained an early lead of 5-3 but Beach Academy Waves were fighting hard to stay involved  and the score was soon five-all.  Wessex led by the first technical time out 8-5 and they continued to dominate through the set to the second technical time out with a score of 16-11, and ultimately the set 25-19.

The second set again saw both teams at level pegging and at the first technical time out, the score was 8-7 to Beach Academy Waves. It was Beach Academy Waves who then retained the lead and they went into the second technical time out 16-11 ahead. They squared the game up with a set win of 25-16.

Beach Academy Waves gained the early lead in the third set racking up a score of 4-1 and they held on to the lead going into the first technical time 8-5.  Both team played fiercely but it was Wessex who claimed the lead at the second technical time out with a one point advantage. Two set point for Wessex were saved by Beach Academy Waves, but it was Wessex who claimed the set and took back the lead with a score of 25-19, (2-1).

see the full item at: https://www.volleyballengland.org

Salisbury Outdoor Volleyball Tournament 2016

sailisury tournament

Welcome to the 8th Salisbury Outdoor Volleyball Tournament, attended by teams from all over the UK, 6th – 7th August.

The Salisbury Volleyball Club welcomes all levels of experience to our annual outdoor tournament. Once again, we will be holding 6’s and 2’s competitions.

Whether you are beginners; a works team, an individual or an experienced player/team,
you are sure to have a fun weekend with us. Please peruse the website for full details. If you have any further questions, please do not
hesitate to contact us: www.salisburytournament.co.uk

 2016 Exeter Ladies Challenge Results

At the end of the day, it all came down to just one point to separate the top two teams in this years Exeter Ladies Challenge, with SW Regional, local league and BUCS teams from around the region all taking part in this years challenge event.


2016 Champions: Cardiff Falcons

In the Ladies event, it was Cardiff Falcons who came out top by just one point over Devon Ashes, with Torexe in third place.


Second Place: Devon Ashes

No. Club & Team Name… No. Club & Team Name…
1st Cardiff Falcons  7th Bristol
2nd Devon Ashes  8th Plymouth University
3rd Torexe  9th Cardiff Jets
4th SWVA U16 10th Torexe Stars
5th Plymouth Mayflower 11th Cardiff Hawks
6th Wootton Bassett

Links to full size photos and video highlight of the funal at: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/2016-exeter-ladies-challenge-results

 2016 Exeter Men’s Challenge Results

It was another successful year for the Exeter Men’s Challenge with a sell out program once again. The challenge brings together lower National League, Regional, local league, BUCS and Crown Service teams in to a single event.

2016 Champions: The Army

In the Men’s event, the Army came out top, just ahead of last years winners Royal Navy, with Yeovil in third place.

Second Place: Royal Navy

No. Club & Team Name… No. Club & Team Name…
1st Army  7th Cardiff Panthers
2nd Royal Navy  8th Polish Crazy Team
3rd Yeovil  9th Exeter University
4th SWVA U17 10th Swansea
5th Torexe Hunters 11th SWVA U15
6th Plymouth Mayflower 12th Torexe

More info on the Exeter Challenge web site.

 2016 VEBT dates confirmed for the summer 

VEBT dates confirmed for the summer

The dates for this year’s Volleyball England Beach Tour have now been confirmed. The Tour, once again partnered by itsu, will be visiting four locations around the country before heading to the sands of Margate for the finals, where the Champions will be crowned.

The first stop will be in Great Yarmouth on 25-56 June before heading up the east coast to Skegness on 9-10 July. The players then have time for a bit of respite before returning to the ever popular Weymouth event on 30-31 July. The last opportunity to pick up vital points in the champions race will be at our new venue in Bridlington on 6-7 August. Margate will once again play host to the finals on 20-21 August.

Each venue will also be hosting a Junior VEBT on the Sunday of their scheduled weekend. Entries are open to all players aged 18 or under as of the 31 December 2016.

We’d like to thank all the councils for their support as well as SideOut who will be delivering the tour once again.

For any queries on regarding the VEBT, please contact our competitions team

Further details of the tour along with pricing and entry information can be found here

Please click here to view the full schedule

 Exmouth Beach Update

A number of people have been asking about this summers tournament program at Exmouth, the following item is from the EDVA web site.

exmouth beach sand 2016-04

Exmouth Beach Tournament? Not Looking Good

It is at this time of year that we do our annual beach inspection with reference to setting up the permanent beach nets and arranging the summer program of training sessions, matches and the adult and junior beach tournaments.

exmouth steps

Spot the difference: 5 steps visible in 2015 / now 11 steps down to the beach

In recent years we have been effected by the winter storms and storm Frank in December has unfortunately taken it’s toll. The current beach level is a good meter below where it was last year, this evenings tide (as seen in the above photo) was 3.55 m, it would normally take a 4.50 m plus tide to reach the permanent beach courts.

We will have to wait and see what happens, last summer a good meter of sand returned to the beach in the May to July period.

storm frank 2016

Storm Frank Exmouth 30/12/2015 (www.pinterest.com)

 Your Local Football Stadium

Mini Volley Day in Portugal or how to convert your local world famous football stadium into a 86 court volleyball venue.




Found these photos and event from the Porto Volleyball Association. Steel cables are run across the width of the pitch which supports the net and temporary lines pegged to the pitch. A high sided stadium obviously means minimal wind which would be very useful in this part of the world.