Apr 2017 / Issue: 318 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

Part one of a two part newsletter today….

Top of our list is the SW Championships in Plymouth next weekend (6/7th May) for our annual event to find the top teams in the Region.

Last weekend was the Junior Squad selection weekend for our SW Junior U14 & U16 Girls and U15 & U17 Boys squads with Saturday training and a tournament match play session for the U16 Girls & U15 Boys on Sunday. More details below.

Dave Reece

Past Newsletter: https://www.swva.org.uk/newsletter

SW Champs 2017

It’s that time of the year again when we find out who the top teams in the region are as we go head to head with our top SW, NL, BUCS, Local and Crown service teams for this years title and bragging rights.

Twenty eight teams have entered this years event (6/7th May) from all corners of the region, Swansea from the North West, Guernsey flying in from the South, Cheltenham & Gloucester from the North and Royal Wootton Bassett from the East to name a few.

New this year and weather permitting, the Plymouth Speed Cage.

‘The Spike O Metre’ which measures how fast someone can spikes the ball.


Once again, you can keep up to date with the event (and speed cage results) on line at sw-championships or via the SWVA iPhone / iPad web clip app (details below).

swva iphone app

iPhone / iPad / Mac Users:

Adding the SWVA (web clip) App is really simple, just follow these steps below:

  1. Open the Safari web browser app on your iPhone / iPad / Mac.
  2. Browse to the page: https://www.swva.org.uk/swva
  3. Tap the Action Box (the square with the arrow coming out of it).
  4. Tap Add to Home Screen.

…and once again a Big thank you to all our 2017 Event sponsors:

2017 sponsors

SW 2017 Squad Selection

The annual selection process for this years SW squads to represent the region at the annual Inter Regional Championships Tournament in Kettering in May took place over the last couple of weekends. The U17 Boys took part in the Exeter Men’s Challenge as part of their selection process and last weekend was a two day event for the U16 Girls and the U15 Boys,  with Saturday training and the Exeter Ladies Challenge event on Sunday.

Well done to everyone who took part and to the coaching team for arranging the training.

Exeter Challenge Results and Squad Selection

2017 SW U16 ThirdSW U16 Girls – Third (Coach: Joana Osorio)

2017 SWVA U17SW U17 Boys – Fourth (Coach: Ben Fairweather)

Congratulation to the following U17 Boys on their seletion into this years SW Squad:

Adam Adie, Niral Kerai, John Morgan, Toby Tapp, Leighton Osborne, Jack Williams, Owen McNeil, Danny Mulford, Ben Ball, Michael Bryan, Aiden Lander & Stasiu Dunat.

2017 SW U15 BoysSW U15 Boys – eighth (Coach: Dave Samuels / Ass: Louis Samules)

SW U14 Girls

As with the other squads, this years U14 Girls selection event took place on Saturday. Following the training and match session, head Coach Kate Falkner has selected the following players represent the Southwest Region this year:

Jess Falkner Ham, Niamh McCabe, Mischa Jankowska, Isobel Babbage, Kate Hill-Anning, Holly Angel, Bea Stone, Esme Raistrick, Mia Nicholson.

Exeter Ladies 2017 Challenge Results

2017 Torexe SWC Winners_600Once again a wide selection of teams travelled to Exeter to take on this years challenge and at the end of the day it was the home team and current SW Champions Torexe who took the event title.

No. Club & Team Name… No. Club & Team Name…
1st Torexe SWC  7th Plymouth University
2nd Royal Wootton Bassett  8th SWVA U15
3rd SW U16  9th Exeter Storm
4th Cheddar 10th Swansea 360
5th Torexe Topcats 11th Cardiff Jets
6th Torexe Aces

In second place and with their highest position to date was Royal Wootton Bassett (above), third SW U16 Girls and in fourth place and making their first appearance at the event was Cheddar (below).

2017 Cheddar fourthWell done to everyone involved and look out for next years dates early in 2018.

Bristol – UKCC Level 1 Coaching Course

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 Bristol in May 2017:

Bristol – UKCC Level 1 Coaching Course

  • Location:
    • Wellsway School
      Chandag Road
      BS31 1PH
      United Kingdom
  • Price per person: £190.00
  • Dates:
    • 20th May 2017, 10am-6pm
    • 21st May 2017, 9am-6pm
    • 11th June 2017, 9am-5pm
  • Sign up deadline:
    • 3pm Friday 12th May 2017

To find out more about the UKCC Level 1 course, please click here.

Kind Regards,
Laura Woodruff
Project Delivery Team Officer
01509 227730

Exeter Men’s 2017 Challenge Results

The Exeter Challenge title for 2017 went to the Bristol Bombers after a closly fought match against Exeter Storm.

2017 Results

No. Club & Team Name… No. Club & Team Name…
1st Bristol Bombers  7th Swansea 360
2nd Exeter Storm  8th Cardiff Panthers
3rd Torexe  9th Plymouth Mayflower
4th SWVA U17 10th Bedminster
5th Exeter 1 11th
6th Plymouth University 12th

Second place went to Exeter Storm (above) and third place went to Torexe Topguns (below).

Thank you to everyone who took part, look out for the 2018 event dates early next year.

Exeter Challenge

FIVB Coaches Manual Level 11

fivb coaching 2 manual

The FIVB Coaches Manual Level 11 has been produced as an E-book b u CEV, please see below the link. Share with as many as you wish.


Kind Regards, Stewart Dunne

SW Awards 2017

The 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.

The deadline for all nominations is 18th May 2017. Download the nomination form and forward to Ron Richards – rricha7122@aol.com .  Nomination forms should be returned to Ron Richards at the above email address or by post: 3 Woodside Grove, Henbury, Bristol, BS10 7RF. You can also make nominations online at: https://www.swva.org.uk/annual-awards-form

More info at: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/sw-awards-2017