swva-newsletter – issue 310 – 2016-Sep

Sep 2016 / Issue: 310 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

More news from around the region, it’s the start of the 2016-17 indoor season so plenty of competitions, courses and junior training for the new season.

Got an event, let us know…..

Dave Reece


The South West 2016/17 Junior Inter Regional Training program is a little different this years, with both Girls and Boys sessions taken place on the same day with a staggered sessions.

Once again all training sessions will take place at the Riverside LC in Exeter, a double court facility, once a month. First session is next Saturday the 17th [Girls starting 11:45 to 15:30 and boys 14:15 to 18:00) and the sessions will be reversed for the following session, so please keep an eye on the calendar.

There are four squads and we will be looking to select 50 players to represent the South West region at the end of the season, so please get your son or daughter involved or if you are coaching juniors, please point the in the right direction.

1. U14 Girls (girls who were not yet 14 on 1 September)
2. U15 Boys (boys who were not yet 15 on 1 September)
3. U16 Girls (girls who were not yet 16 on 1 September )
4. U17 Boys (boys who were not yet 17 on 1 September)

Our Director of Coaching, Jurek Jankowski will be overseeing the coaching program and we have a good selection of Coaches this year, several with profession experience in the UK and abroad. We also have a good number of new assistant coaches and player mentors lines up as well.

We look forward to seeing everyone, please let us know that you are coming by signing in at: www.swva.org.uk/sw-regional-training

New IRC U14 training netsMore information or any questions please contact one of the head coaches:

Head Coaches

U16 Girls – Paul Lock paul.locke2307@gmail.com
U14 Girls – Kate Falkner kate@katefalkner.com
U17 Boys – Ben Fairweather ben_fairweather@yahoo.co.uk
U15 Boys – Dave Samuels ballingeagle@btinternet.com

UKCC Level 1 Coaching Course – Plymouth

Are any of your club members looking to become qualified coaches? If so, they may be interested in the following UKCC Level 1 course that is due to be held in Plymouth in October:

Course Name: Heles Community Sports Centre – UKCC Level 1 Coaching Course

  • Location:
    • Heles Community Sports Centre
      Seymour Road, Plympton
      PL7 4LT
      United Kingdom
  • Price per person:
    • £190.00
  • Dates:
    • 1st October, 9am-5pm
    • 2nd October, 9am-5pm
    • 15th October, 9am-5pm
  • Sign Up Deadline:
    • Friday 16th September

To book and more info: https://volleyballengland.org/courses

SW Vets Tournament

The SW Vets tournament is a handicap event for our older players where men and women compete against the clock, to either keep their handicap points advantage or to catch and overhaul the other team before the hooter sounds. Teams can be made up of any combination of players.

Entries are now open for this year’s event which will take place at Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter on Sunday 30th October 2016.

SW Vets Entry 2016 / Closing date for entries 25th September 2016.


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2015-16 SW Vets Champions – Saga Louts (Torexe)

2015 Review

All teams played everyone else and at the end of this there was only 1 point separating the top 3 teams, with last year’s winners Wiltshire Mavericks just losing out on a final place. The event often throws up a surprise or two, this years star performers were the Torexe based Saga Louts, as well as a positive attack, they had by far the best scramble defence of any team on the day which saw them through to victory in this years final against last years runners up Yeovil.

Top Three form 2015 SW Veterans Tournament

  • 1st Saga Louts – Torexe
  • 2nd Yeovil
  • 3rd Wiltshire Mavericks

New Beach Volleyball Manual Available

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Volleyball England is delighted to announce the release of a new coaching and playing manual for beach volleyball, titled ‘Beach Volleyball; a guidebook to the game’.

Written by England beach coach, Denise Austin, the book is a complete guide on how to play and excel on the sand. The manual focuses on the shots, rules, tactics and drills that the coach and players need to focus on to take their game to the next level.

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Author Denise Austin Demonstrating Beach Volleyball Drills

Olympian Mo Glover said, “This is the first time that there has been any resource for the beach game, here or abroad. It is exactly what the beach community has been asking for.

“The book takes the players and coaches through all the basics before progressing to more advanced techniques and tactics for those performing at the higher end of the game.

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“It is a fantastic resource for anyone involved, or wanting to get involved with beach volleyball.” Glover competed for GB at the Atlanta games in 1996, when beach volleyball made its Olympic debut.

Mo Glover: “I’m encouraged to see Volleyball England embracing the development of a beach volleyball resource to improve the sport in this country.”

Full-time beach volleyball coach and author of the book, Denise Austin said “I am passionate about advancing the beach game and have been writing this guidebook for a while, trying to condense over 30 years of coaching and playing the sport.

“With only two players on the court, the game is very different physically and mentally to the indoor game and the manual focuses on all these elements.”

Beach Volleyball; a guidebook to the game can be purchased from the Volleyball England shop for £14.99. Click here to grab your copy now.

 Tenby Beach Tournament Results


The Winners of the Tenby Beach Tournament are as follows:

  • Mixed 4’s Cup – Broken Bones;
  • Mixed 4’s Plate – Broken Bones;
  • Mixed 2’s Cup – Team Barrett (Yeovil);
  • Mixed 2’s Plate – Serving Private Ryan;
  • Ladies 2’s Cup – Martzia and Tammy;
  • Men’s 2’s Cup – Pokaball;
  • Men’s 2’s Plate – Stavros and Aris; Men’s 2’s
  • Bowl – Beach Bums.


A collection of photos and videos available at: 

 Plymouth Volleyball – Cash Injection

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Plymouth Mayflower Volleyball Club has been awarded a groundbreaking award from Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund to expand its sports provision in the region.

The funding grant will be used to back a three-year programme to ensure that more than 2,400 new participants from a range of backgrounds will get to experience volleyball and sports activity.

With few opportunities in Plymouth or the wider South West area for young people to play volleyball on a recreational play as you play basis, Andrew Potter of Plymouth Mayflower wanted to break down the prohibitive barriers – and get more people active.

“This grant will enable us to reach our potential to engage more people with sport and activity, through the creative delivery of Go Spike community volleyball, sitting volleyball and new glow in the dark UVolleyball, said Andrew.

We are incredibly grateful to Samworth Brothers for their belief in our dream,”

The project will see the creation of extra-curricular volleyball for up to 17 secondary schools and their cluster primary schools. It will also fund teacher training and facilitated learning, culminating in School Games competitions as well as four semi-permanent Go Spike volleyball courts in outdoor spaces, which will offer free volleyball throughout the summer months.

Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Chairman Stephen Draisey said; “We are delighted to be able to support volleyball in the South West. The purpose of the Sports Opportunity Fund is to help young people, who may not have had the best start in life, develop better life skills through sport. We are always on the look out for clubs and organisations in the South West that might fit our criteria.”

This three-year programme will specifically target school children, inactive adults and pan-disability groups in areas of high deprivation.

For further information on the Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund please contactsportsopportunityfund@samworthbrothers.co.uk

My IRC Experience – Louie Samuels

Each year we ask a number of our youngsters to report back on their IRC experience, Louie has kindly done this for the last three years and for 2016/17 will be joining the IRC coaching team as mentor and assistant coach.

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The Inter Regional Championships tournament is held over three days and they are full days of playing volleyball.

Saturday; The trip to Kettering takes along time so we are ready to get out and do something active once we have unpacked our stuff. We stay in the hotel in our teams U17 and U15 then after dropping off our bags we went across to the volleyball centre to support and watch the girls playing. When they finished we left and went back to the hotel for food within our teams ready for the day of playing tomorrow. Teams were represented from all over the UK and so we stayed together as a squad to make sure we were connected as a unit.

Sunday: On Sunday we went back across to the volleyball centre with our stuff because we would be playing in the afternoon. After we had watched and supported the girls, we warmed up for our first game against East ; quite close games but we won 2-0. Then we then faced West Midlands which we won having lost the first set- it took us a while to get into our rhythm as we had be sat around all day. We then had to play East Midlands and this match was quite a comfortable win for us to finish the day on; this also meant we were unbeaten so we were confident going into the following day.

Monday : We had an early start on the Monday as we played first so we got up and collected our stuff then left to get to the centre early to start a warm for our first game against London . We wanted to do well on this final day because we had played well yesterday and felt quite confident about our games whilst knowing that London were our strongest opponents . Then we played southeast and North east winning both games confidently. The loss of our first game meant that we missed out on the final, but we got to finish the weekend watching East and London battle it out, hoping East would win- but that didn’t happen as London’s’ strength prevailed leaving us 2nd overall.


It did mean though that they were the only team to beat us in the tournament and so we were really pleased that we finished second overall.


This is a team that get on really well and we all really respect and enjoy working with our coaches Anthony and Kyle. (Louie No. 8)

I’d like to thank my sponsors for supporting me to go and play at the National tournament because I really enjoyed it and it gives me the chance to compete against the other best teams and players in the country to help enhance my performance.

Louie Samuels

Kirk Pitman joins coaching team at Bournemouth

Kirk Pitman joins coaching team at Bournemouth University

Former international beach volleyball player Kirk Pitman has been appointed as head coach of the Bournemouth University beach volleyball programme.

Kirk, who played top level beach volleyball for New Zealand, will be joining the programme in September alongside Andy Jones, to deliver year round beach and indoor volleyball.

Kirk is a former world class athlete and has represented New Zealand for 10 years and competed in more than 300 international events and tours around the world. In more recent years he has turned his skills and knowledge into becoming a professional volleyball coach.

A director of volleyball at the LeAF Studio School, a volleyball England national volleyball academy, Kirk also coaches top ranked GB beach volleyball players Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf. 

For more information about the Bournemouth University programmes, please contact Martin onmwells@bournemouth.ac.uk

 Olympic Speed Record

It is the fourth time that the Olympic speed record for servining was broken or tied at the Rio 2016 women’s tournament, after her Serbian teammate Brankica Mihajlovic opened the bidding at 99kph on the very first day of competition, last week against Italy.

Nineteen-year-old Boskovic became the first player in Olympic history to break the 100kph mark at exactly that speed against China – only to see that record fall again in the same day with a 101kph serve by Italy’s 17-year-old Paola Egonu against USA.

Coming into Rio 2016 the Olympic serving speed record stood at 97 kph, held by Turkey’s Neslihan Demir from London 2012.

from FIVB

 SW Player Registrations for 2016-17 Now Open

SW Player registration for the 2016-17 season start on the 1st September, Clubs, Coaches and Players can now register via the SW Registration Page.

swva_grass_green_190To take part in any SWVA organised event (adult or junior) you need to be a member of a Volleyball England registered club and Registered with the South West Volleyball Association (name, club, contact email, DOB if under 18). The team contact, the club secretary or the club coaches are responsible for registering all players and presenting the “SWVA Team Sheet” to the match or tournament officials.

Players can also register themselves using their club user ID, player registration is from 1st September to the 31st August.

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Once registered, players names will appear on the appropriate team list, registration numbers will appear once the registration has been approved.

Beach volleyball to get live virtual reality

Fans not lucky enough to be on Copacabana Beach for the men’s and women’s finals of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games beach volleyball tournament will still have the chance to experience it through a fully immersive virtual reality broadcast. Live 360-degree video will be streamed live from the iconic arena for both finals, with camera systems located in strategic locations on the field of play as close as possible to the action, providing a mix of viewing angles.


The Olympic Broadcasting Service, who are organising the broadcast, will produce more than 85 hours of footage across all sports at the Olympics. The FIVB is no stranger to virtual reality, with several hubs at the Volleyball House – located a few hundred metres from the beach volleyball venue – giving guests the chance to experience volleyball and beach volleyball through 360-degree video.

With the beach volleyball venue already established as the place to be at Rio 2016, more fans around the world will be able to experience the unique atmosphere from Copacabana.

from FIVB