swva-newsletter-issue 323-2018-January


January 2018 / Issue: 323 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

A Happy New Year to everyone, its time for another newsletter. A couple of headlines, we have a new on line shop and we are still in need of a new Financial Director, details below.

Closing date for the Exeter Ref course is this weekend, a few places left.

Juniors, don’t forget we have round four of the SW Junior Grand Prix on the 27th Jan – (1:30pm to 5:30pm) Wellsway S.C, Bristol, see web site for details.

Dave Reece

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

Grade Four Refs Course – Exeter.

Grade Four Refs Course

  • 17th Feb 2018
  • Exeter Riverside LC
  • 10.00am – 6.00pm
  • £55 / head

For full course details and booking please visit our courses page here.
To find out more about the Grade 4 Referee course, please click here.

Closing date 15th January

More details from Ros Sutherland ros.sutherland@googlemail.com

Shop Now Open

Our new SW Shop in Now Open for business with a selection of Tee Shirts, Polo Shirts, Hoodie, Sweatshirts and a kit bag. Items can also be personalised with a set of initials if required. See: SWVA Shop

NB: This service is being provided by our partners at Sportsway Management on behalf of the SWVA, the SWVA received a percentage of the profits.

Only Two for Training..

There are many videos on line to help coaches and to give you ideas for your running your training sessions.

But what do you do if only two people turn up, how about this one….

From: from Volleywood@Volleywood

Newsletter reaaders: Unable to see the video, see: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/only-two-for-training

2018 U15 National Championships

I am pleased to say that entry to the 2018 U15 National Championships are open! Please could we ask that your Regions promote this and push this out to your Clubs?

All information including entry form and payment page can be found here.

The Deadline for entries is Friday 12th January 2018.

There is also an article on our website – here.

Should you have any queries regarding the competition, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Jonathan Moore
Competitions and Events Coordinator
T: 01509 227727

SW League Update

We are at the half way stage in this year league program, in the Men’s league Weymouth Beach are leading. Currently unbeaten with both Yeovil and City of Bristol not too far behind.

In the Ladies league, Taunton and Royal Wootton Bassett currently occupies the top two positions but Wiltshire Mavericks are unbeaten in third place and perhaps hold the key position with matches in hand.

Player of the Match Award

In the Ladies League, Gemma Romero and Laura Kulmala have received the most nomination to date.


Likewise, Arsenij Romalijskj and Sean Hendry have so far picked up the majority of the POM nomination in the Men’s league.

Keep up to date with the league via the SWVA web site: www.swva.org.uk

The IRC Junior Experience – Izzy & Tiago

The next SW Junior Training session is fast approaching, 16th December, Exeter, open to all U15 & U17 juniors. [Riverside LC, Exeter [U15/U17 Girls training 11am to 2pm ; U15/U17 Boys training 2pm to 6pm].

We have followed a number of our older representatives in recent editions, this time we asked Izzy and Tiago, both 13 to share their experience with us.

Isobel Babbage (No. 6) – Exeter Storm

I represented the SW under 14’s squad in the Inter-regional championships. The girls in the Under 14’s were split into a A and B pool. I was in the B team. The under 14’s play a 4 a side game on a badminton sized court. The tournament was over 2 days held in Kettering against 6 other teams from the various regions.

There was 5 of us in my team and we took it in turn subbing on. I bonded with the other 4 girls throughout the weekend as we all shared the same values and ideas regarding the way we played and grew as a team.

The weekend made me a stronger player as I was constantly playing and improving and I was supported by great coaches who taught me more about the game.

Overall the under 14’s played really well and even though didn’t get a medal position, learnt how to play well as a team. I made new friends, improved my volleyball skills and had a fantastic weekend. ”

Isobel Babbage


Tiago Ford (No. 4) – Torexe VC

I was chosen to represent the u15 south west in volleyball over a two day inter regional tournament up in Kettering. The sports centre there was really good as it had four big courts with plenty of space for spectators and areas to warm up.

We drove up there on Sunday in a hired minibus; this was a very long journey that required an early start from Exeter. As soon as we got to Kettering we went to the sports centre where we supported the girls in their last few matches. We than warmed up for our first game against South East. It took us a while to get into the rhythm of this game and by the time we had got into the rhythm it was too late and we had lost the game. We than had to ref the next game which was East against North east. Our next game we played was against East Midlands and we won both sets. Happy with this result we then returned later than expected back to the hotel where we ate and got a good night’s sleep.

We then played against London, no one had taken a set of this team during the tournament. This was a very close game that ended up with us winning one set and London only just winning two sets.

We were extremely happy and disappointed at this result, as we were the people who played the best against them and only just lost.

Over all, despite having won against three other teams we came 5th out of 7 teams. It was a great and fun experience for me as I got to play with people who were more experienced and who played a lot better than me, and I will take some of what I learnt back to local games around Exeter.


CEV Champions League // LIVE on LAOLA1.tv

Keep up to date with the CEV Volleyball Champions League!


Great news for all volleyball fans: LAOLA1.tv will be covering all matches of the CEV Champions League!

In addition to its live coverage, LAOLA1.tv will also provide its users with VOD contentas fullmatches and highlights of every game, special clips such as „Top Blocks“ and “Net Actions” and much more!

A list of all matchups can be found here.

SWVA Financial Director Vacancy

Success on the court is a direct result of having a good team of people behind the scenes, making sure that events can run, teams have training venues and coaches. Be Part of the Program.

SWVA Financial Director

We are in need of a new SWVA Financial Director. The role of the Financial Director will be to oversee our accounts, we are an active region with 400 registered members each year plus another 1000 associate members / players throughout the region.

Full details and a job description at: Financial Director

The role of a Financial Director or Club Treasurer is not always easy to fill, I would like to ask everyone to pass this around their club members. At the end of the day we all benefits so please help, to apply please email myself Dave Reece SWVA Chair at Dave.Reece@Network100.co.uk