swva-newsletter – issue 326 – 2018-Apr

April 2018 / Issue: 326 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

More news so time for a April Newsletter…

Dave Reece

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

Exeter Ladies Challenge – One Place Available!


Following the rescheduling of cancelled SW League Fixtures, we now have one place available in this year’s Ladies Challenge – grab it if you need it….

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 servered.

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.

BBC Ident Request

The BBC are currently producing a new set of ‘Oneness’ 2018 idents for BBC1. Here are some examples of last year’s series: https://theident.gallery/bbc1-2017.php

They are currently researching the idea of featuring an indoor mixed volleyball team / club. Anyone that is chosen to take part will receive a fee for their time.

If you are interested in finding out more about the idea, please let me know ASAP and I will pass on your details.

Dave Reece

Commonwealth Games Schedule

Photo by: Greg Thompson – ‎Volleyball England Referees

The England men’s and women’s beach volleyball pairs are preparing to make history next month, as the first players to ever represent the country in the sport at a Commonwealth Games.

We’ve been getting to know more about both pairs of Jake Sheaf and Chris Gregory, and Vicky Palmer and Jess Grimson, and now we know when they’ll be playing. The schedule for the beach volleyball has been released and, despite the time difference between here and the Gold Coast where the Games are being held, there are some matches at convenient times to tune in. So you can cheer both pairs on to glory!

The schedule is:


Friday April 6, 10:30 (GMT) England vs. Trinidad & Tobago

Sunday April 8, 01:30 (GMT) England vs. Fiji

Monday April 9, 11:30 (GMT) England vs. Canada


Friday April 6, 06:00 (GMT) England vs. Mozambique

Saturday April 7, 06:00 (GMT) England vs. Cyprus

Sunday April 8, 10:30 (GMT) England vs. New Zealand

The Quarter finals will all be played on Tuesday April 10, with the semi-finals on the following day and the medal matches on Thursday 12 April, 2018.

2017-18 SW Annual Awards Nominations

swva_logo_227x194The 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.

For a list of past winners please visit our awards page at: https://www.swva.org.uk/awards

Geoff Allen accepting last years “Commitment to Volleyball” award on behalf of himself and Lynn Allen, from SWVA Chairman Dave Reece in recognised for their work at Wessex (over 40 years) and in the SW.

Award categories:

Awards 2017 Winners
Doreen Dingle Administrator Award Tim Clifford
Bert Williams Referee Award Chris Semmens
SW Coach Award Andrew Potter
Commitment to SW Volleyball Award Lynn & Geoff Allen
SW Contribution to Volleyball Award (U25) New award

The deadline for all nominations this year is 15th May 2018. Please see the annual awards page for full details and nomination forms.

The Night the Lights went out – Glow Volleyball

I know a number of clubs already hold their own Glow or Black Light Volleyball Sessions, played under Ultra Violet lights but this was my first session. It took a little bit of organising with the venue who had health and safety issues, but once sorted it was time to get out the glow sticks, UV makeup and the dayglow clothing.

We tried old volleyballs covered in UV tape (a bit heavy), UV Glow Volleyballs (a bit light) but found that Orange LED balls (a bit of the plastic side) worked well, which also occasionally went into stealth mode (when the light went off) before suddenly coming back on at the next touch.

It all added to the fun, I just need to pick a warmer evening next time, when it’s not -4 outside. Thanks to everyone who arrived early to help set up, tape over the net, court lines, move equipment and made this all possible.

If anyone is looking to do the same, we used equipment supplied by Sports Way Management www.sportsway.org

ParaVolley Europe – March Newsletter

Women in Action

The first quarter of the year saw a surge in Women tournaments. ParaVolley Europe encourages all nations to support women in ParaVolley, to increase the number of women teams that in the future will have a bigger impact on women teams in the world.

See: PVE_Newsletter_March_No.4_2018.pdf

Kind Regards
Stewart Dunne – Chief Operating Officer

What your club needs to know

Some of you will have heard of new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is coming into force on May 25, 2018. The new rules are an update of the Data Protection Act and sets out news standards expected of businesses and organisations when handling personal data.

In the modern and increasingly digital world, how our personal data is used is ever more important. So the Government has adopted the European Union GDPR to individuals more control over their details. At the heart of the new rules is consent. Individuals must give organisations permission to take, use and share personal data. Personal data is very broad and can include name, email address, and telephone number.

It is easy to see why big companies need to adopt tighter controls on personal data. However, have you thought though about the impact of the regulations on your volleyball club? GDPR applies to any ‘data controller’ or ‘data processors’ – which means if your club collect any personal data then the new rules apply. That is almost all of the hundreds of volleyball clubs in the country.

Here’s top ten tips to GDPR: Getting Data Protection Right!

See the full item at: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/new-data-protection-laws-what-your-club-needs-to-know