Aug 2016 / Issue: 309 / SWVA Membership: 1,800
More news from around the region, plus its an Olympic year.
This time four years ago we were preparing to host the largest volleyball event ever staged in the UK with well over 1 million spectators across the six disciplines of our sport, second only to athletics in the main Olympic stadium.
Myself and others had arrived days before to finish setting up and to practice, in the photo above London Malory & London Polonia were the two guinea pig teams providing the entertainment.
Across town we had an enormous amount of scaffolding erected in Horse Guards Parade for the beach court. Not as many seats as Earls Court but only an overhead shot on the big screen showed you the full size.
Anyway, that was four years ago in a country where volleyball is a minority sport, now it’s Brazil’s turn, where volleyball is the number one sport.
Plymouth Go Spike!
After a long day at the Big Screen in Plymouth City Centre, showcasing the sport I was overwhelmed by how positive the day was. The new equipment was brilliant, the slides in the big screen were brilliant too! It was just so professional and slick!
Over 200 people had a go either on the cage or on the courts from ages 1 to 61. Some potential new members, a lot of positive reflection on our club and its values and wonderful to have so many of the club come to support, say hello or play along too!
Special thanks to our young leaders Sophie & Emmeline, Luis taking the under 10s under his wing, Ridvan Anil (Rudy), Daniel and Milosz all showing people the ropes too. And of course Louise from Plymouth Councils SDU and her daughter Leah who was amazing (not just at the volleyball but as an advocate for sport too and only 11 years old!)
Keep your eyes peeled for our next community engagement event!
VEBT Weymouth Results
After a wet and windy visit to Skegness last month, the 2016 Volleyball England Beach Tour entered its third date this weekend in Weymouth, where some unpredictable results in the senior competitions lead to unlikely winners.
The men’s final was all about the underdog on Sunday, as it was eighth seed up against 13th. A close match throughout, Watson/Smith narrowly secured the first set 21-19. Cook/Miedzybrodzki came closer in the second set, but in a point for point battle towards the end, Watson/Smith came out Champions 23-21 (2-0).
An even closer battle in the women’s tournament, VEBT Great Yarmouth runners up Gless/Holt comfortably took the first set 21-13. Eighth seed Thornton/Vajodova refused to go down without a fight though, narrowly pulling back to level in the second set 23-21. In the deciding third set, Gless/Holt claimed the title 11-15.
In the Junior Volleyball England Beach tour, Javier and Joaquin Bello secured their third JVEBT title, remaining unbeaten in the 2016 junior competition. Yasmin Kaashoek and Zoe Baxter also claimed victory in the girls’ competition. Elsewhere in the division 2 competition, Michael Constantinou and Jonathan Castañeda won to round up a great weekend of beach volleyball in Dorset.
See the full report at: weymouth_result
Beach Tennis arrives at Exmouth
Beach Tennis is a cross between tennis, beach volleyball and badminton. It’s a fun sport suitable for all ages and abilities, ideal for families, groups of friends, leisure as well as professional players. More details and rules at: beach-tennis-arrives-at-exmouth
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The 2016/17 Program…
The 2016/17 SW Inter Regional Championship training program will be a little different to previous years, Girls and Boys sessions will both take place on the same day but with staggered sessions during the day (allowing coaches to get fully involved) and also we have the use of the Mezzanine area for off court warm up, warm down and team talks etc.
We have appointed a Director of Coaching, Jurek Jankowski who will oversee the coaching program and our Head Coaches, Ros Sutherland is our coach mentor and will be working with our younger coaches do develop their coaching skills. Dave Reece will be leading the off court admin team.
In addition to this we have a number of positions available for Head and Assistant coaches and Squad Team Managers (a non coaching role) for our 2016/17 South West Junior Squad Inter Regional Championships program.
CLOSING DATE THIS WEEKEND
Details and application form at: https://www.swva.org.uk/join-the-team
Britain’s most experienced Beach Team Call it a Day
The SSAFA Beach Volleyball team of Jim Gilbert (69) and Alan Conquest MBE (78) has just played it’s last match. We managed to loose all 5 games at this years Perranport tournament but enjoyed it, we only raise some £100 this year but over the last 15 years we have raised through Volleyball some £15,000.
We will miss the games but oldal’s wife not at all well and needs husband at home. We thank all who have supported us over the years Alan.
SW Kit Design Winner
My World U21 Experience – Anaya Evans
The North Devon’s pairing of Anaya Evans and Ellie Austin took on the world earlier this summer in a sponsored trip to Lucerne for the FIVB’s World U21 competition. We caught up with Anaya (No 1) and asked her about her experience.
I first started playing beach volleyball with Ellie 11 years ago and have grown up with her ever since. So it was great to be selected to compete in the world u21’s with her as I knew it would be like stepping on to court with my ‘younger sister’. After a very long car journey we arrived in Lucerne, Switzerland on the 9th of May.
On arrival I was stunned by the beautiful scenery that surrounded the competition area. I was so grateful to be doing something I love in such an amazing and unique place. Before the competition we trained hard to adjust to the environment, get used to the conditions and to get the journey out of our bodies.
We also scrimmaged against a Turkish team, in which we executed are game plan in well, giving us a confidence boost before the game the next day.
I didn’t feel very nervous when we entered the draw as I’ve been through the process before. I was more excited to see who our opposition would be. When we heard England will play USA my nerves picked up a bit but my excitement for the challenger ahead outweighed them.
Once we knew who we were playing against our teams talks became more structured on how we were going to beat team USA. For game day we prepped like most other days trying to keep it as relaxed and as comfortable as we could. This helped settle nerves whilst preparing and amping us up for the match ahead.
We got to the court early and began our usual court warm up. When the other team arrived, it was our first chance to see them play and to understand what they did. We knew our game plan it was time to execute it. We started poorly to begin with as the nerves took over and they consistently picked on Ellie, making it harder for us.
However we fought back and turned our game around meaning that after losing the first set, we lead the second 16,14. This was a great turn around and we were beginning to prove what we could do. However we couldn’t fight for long enough and the American team re structured their game plan and fought back to win the second set and the game.
Although we did not win the game, we learnt a lot about ourselves and each other which is key when playing in a new partnership. Since Switzerland we have continued to compete and progress and build what is going to be a strong team.
The event format for a world age group qualifier is single elimination, meaning if you lose a game you are out. It’s very brutal but this is what it’s like on the world tour and learning to win games in this environment is essential.
(Photos from FIVB)
Wessex Volleyball 40th Anniversary
So, here it is – please spread the word …
WESSEX VOLLEYBALL CLUB 40th ANNIVERSARY SOCIAL EVENT
FROM 7:30pm, SATURDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 2016
DYLAN’S BARS, BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY (TALBOT CAMPUS)
EVERYONE (YOUNG AND NOT-AS-YOUNG-AS-YOU-USED-TO-BE) WHO HAS HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE TO BE INVOLVED WITH WESSEX VOLLEYBALL CLUB ANY TIME OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS:
SPENDING AN EVENING CATCHING UP WITH OLD AND NEW FRIENDS, RAFFLE, MUSIC, BUFFET, BAR , ETC.
CELEBRATE THE 4OTH BIRTHDAY OF ONE OF THE OLDEST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL VOLLEYBALL CLUBS IN THE UK
Look out for more details in the next couple of weeks!
My IRC Experience – Toby Tapp
Following each Inter Regional Championships event, we ask a number of our representatives about their experience, today we focus on Toby Tapp (SW No. 1) from our U17 Boys Squad.
“This years Inter-regional volleyball competition was at the National Volleyball centre in Kettering, it was a great place for the tournament to be held as there was 4 courts with lots of space for serving compared to last year where the serving area was tiny.
I played as one of two main setters for our South West team, I felt a lot of pressure in the games as I was playing with people who play at a higher standard. It was a very good opportunity for me to show my team-mates and coaches what else I could do other than defend. After the two days of playing a round-robin tournament, South West came out second after only losing to the winners, London.
I would also say that I am very glad for the sponsoring from Torexe Volleyball Club and I am looking forward to playing in the tournament next year.”
[Toby also took part in a similar item following the 2015 IRC, while in the SW U15 squad, available at: www.swva.org.uk/news/my-irc-experience-toby-tapp ]