Febuary 2018 / Issue: 324 / SWVA Membership: 1,800
Time for another newsletter, plenty of dates for our junior members to get involved with. Plus summer tournament dates are beginning to come in, check out the calendar.
Past Newsletter: https://www.swva.org.uk/newsletter
Snow Volleyball at the Winter Olympics
If you’re anything like the staff at the Volleyball England HUB, being sports lovers, you’ve probably been riveted by the action at the Winter Olympics.
From the crazy tricks of the snowboarders and the breakneck speeds of the luge, to the accuracy in the curling and poise of the skiiers, the sporting drama has been incredible. We’re still getting over Elise Christie’s heartbreak in the speed skating, but fortunately, there is some volleyball in PyeongChang to cheer us up!
Tomorrow (Wednesday 14 February) there is an Snow Volleyball Night with an all-star exhibition match taking place on the sidelines of the Games. The event is a great opportunity to see exactly what Snow Volleyball is all about. Tune into this historic occasion via the CEV YouTube channel or the CEV Snow Volleyball Facebook page, with the action beginning at 6.55am (GMT).
The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and European Volleyball Federation (CEV) are making the most of the unique stage at the Winter Olympics to promote the sport, as they count down the days to the first ever Snow Volleyball European Championships in Austria, from March 23 to 25.
If the sport of Snow Volleyball continues to grow, there is no reason it could not become officially recognised as a winter sport and become part of the Winter Olympic programme.
The 2018 Exeter Challenge
The Challenge: Can your team come out on top in a series of seventeen minute timed matches, it’s intense, competitive and enjoyable. A complete cross section of teams take part each year. As always, please book your place early, first come first severed.
Entry forms are now available for the annual Exeter Men’s Challenge (15th Apr) and the Exeter Ladies Challenge (29th Apr) end of season events: Details and entry forms at the Exeter Challenge web site.
South West Mini Champs – 10th March
Beach and Open Dates
The 2018 Date for Tenby Beach and the Cardiff Open have now been released.
For more information or to reserve your teams space, contact Steve on Steve.Marshall60@ntlworld.com or 07877946191
Time to enter Junior GP season finale
The fifth and last in the season of Junior-Volleyball Grand Prix events takes place on Saturday 24th September at LeAF, Duck Lane, Bournemouth, BH11 9JJ. It starts at 12:00 p.m. and expected to finish around 5 pm.
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 Friday 16th February at 11 p.m.
SWJGP Round 4 – Photo’s
Plenty of photos from the Round 4 of the SW Junior Grand Prix now available at:
Many thank to Alan Doggett for the photos
Grade Four Ref – Bristol
Are any of your club members looking to become qualified referees? If so, they may be interested in the following Grade 4 Referee course that is due to be held in Bristol on 4th March:
Grade 4 One Day Referee Course
Commonwealth Games Update
England’s opponents for the beach volleyball competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games have been revealed.
The draw sees the women’s pair of Vicky Palmer and Jess Grimson set to face Canada, Trinidad and Tobago and Fiji. While Jake Sheaf and Chris Gregory, the England men’s pair, have been drawn in a pool alongside New Zealand, Cyprus, and Mozambique.
When they set foot on the sand of Australia’s Gold Coast in their opening match, the pairs will be history makers as the first players to represent England in beach volleyball at the Commonwealth Games. It is the first time the Games have ever featured the sport and the matches will be played in the 4000-seat capacity Coolangatta Beachfront venue.
The pool matches will be played April 6 – 9, 2018, with the knockout stages and finals running from 10-12 April, 2018.
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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.
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