swva-newsletter – issue 312 – 2016-Nov

Nov 2016 / Issue: 312 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

Time for some November news

Dave Reece


Junior Grand Prix – Barnstaple

Just another reminder that the first Junior-Volleyball Grand Prix of the season takes place on  Saturday 26th November at the NDLC Barnstaple, Devon  It starts at 9:30 a.m.  and expected to finish around 1:45 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.

I would like to make the closing date for entries Saturday 19th November  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). Print off your Team Sheets and hand them into the event organiser. Direct registration to the SW Junior club is only for players who turn up from non VE clubs.

The following show the future dates of the series:-

  • Saturday 14 January 2017 at Calne Leisure Centre, White Horse Way, Calne SN11 0SP.   1 p.m.. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 25th Feb 2017 at Wellsway Keynesham, 2pm-6pm (TBC)
  • SW Junior Volleyball Championships Saturday 2nd April Plymstock School (TBC)

I hope everyone will enjoy the season of Volleyball ahead.

David Walrond dc.walrond@ntlworld.com

2016 Veterans Tournament Report

With 7 teams in this year’s event, all teams got to play everyone else and there was little time for sitting around and allowing the old bones time to stiffen up! The handicap system worked well with most teams having very close games, with many matches being decided in the final few minutes.

City of Bristol was the in form team in the round robin and lost only one match in the main part of the competition, when Torexe caught them off guard in their final game. As the last round started, there were 3 teams still all in contention for the second place, with the real potential of having a three-way tie on match points, as it was all square between Bournside Unlucky and Exeter 1, for much of the game. In the end it was Bournside Unlucky who took the second spot, with Countrymen, the oldest squad in the competition with an average age of 56, taking a well deserved third place.

Bournside Unlucky started out the day true to their name, with only 4 players in the end being able to make the trip, however other clubs rallied round (notably Countrymen and City of Bristol) and helped them out in the spirit of the tournament. In the end they proved to be lucky in their new found friends and who helped them win the final against a City of Bristol side that unfortunately didn’t do themselves justice in the final game.


SW Veterans Champions 2016: Bournside Unlucky and Friends!


SW Veterans Runners Up 2016: City of Bristol

Results from 2016 SW Veterans Tournament

  • 1st Bournside Unlucky and Friends
  • 2nd City of Bristol
  • 3rd Countrymen
  • 4th Exeter 1
  • 5th Cardiff Volts
  • 6th Yeovil
  • 7th Torexe

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 and the format throws up a different winner each year.

Wanted – One Beach for 12+ Volleyball Courts


Once upon a time, we had four permanent beach court

Beach players and regular readers will be familiar with the lose of the Exmouth Beach Tournament program (Pairs / Four’s / Juniors) over the last few seasons due to sand erosion and the ongoing battering from winter storms.

With no sign of this improving and a couple of garages full of unused tournament equipment, one option is to find another tournament location. Where the club can roll up with a couple of vans, set up 12 plus courts and invite 200 plus players along for some Beach Volleyball fun.

So far our search for a new tournament beach has not been too successful, can you help?


Requirements: Soft clean sand / nearby road access / spare space for 12 plus courts / facilities for 200 plus people / not currently used for beach tournaments. If you know of a beach that meets these conditions then we would love to hear from you.

Dave Reece
Exmouth Beach VC



What is VolleyMark?

The New Club accreditation scheme replacing Volley 1, 2, 3.

VolleyMark is the official accreditation programme for volleyball clubs in England and is part of the Clubmark accreditation scheme run by Sport England. The simple club accreditation process is designed to recognise and reward clubs for good practice and their contribution to developing volleyball.

The second phase of VolleyMark, VolleyGold (which showcases best practice clubs) is currently in development. Please keep checking back for further updates.

What are the benefits to my club?

VolleyMark accreditation comes with a number of benefits, including help and support from Volleyball England.

VolleyMark Benefits

  • Demonstrates a club that is well run, improving chances of getting grants and funding
  • Provide confidence that the club is safe, friendly and inviting
  • 10% off your club affiliation fee from the 2017/18 season (£80.55 standard clubs/£36 new clubs)
  • Allows your club to be promoted on the Volleyball England website as a best practice club
  • Can establish links with CSPs, schools and local community groups for additional support with things such as finding venues and grants
  • Creates a tailored club development plan to help improve retention and player development
  • Bespoke funding bid based on your club development plan (if applicable)
  • Use of VolleyMark logos for your club’s website and social media – showing the wider community that you are doing a great job
  • A VolleyMark certificate to display at your clubs HQ or website

More info at: http://www.volleyballengland.org/getintovolleyball/clubs/volleymark

Volunteer Recruitment at Events

Daniel Thompson has put together a useful document with a number of ideas and links that he uses for recruiting volunteers for major events, maybe useful for your VB event and club activity. Just adjust for your county and local community.

An aspect of my role as the National Volleyball Centre Coordinator involves creating a sustainable workforce for our major events held at the National Volleyball Centre.

Please see the following recruitment methods that I use when trying to recruit a local volunteer workforce for Volleyball England’s major events held at the National Volleyball Centre:

• Upload all volunteer roles on the https://Do-it.org volunteering webpage

• Upload all volunteer roles on the www.Joininuk.org volunteering webpage

• Contact the local CSP asking if they can advertise our volunteer roles on their website.

See the full document at: volunteer-recruitment-at-events