swva-newsletter – issue 329 – 2018-June

June 2018 / Issue: 329 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

It may be the hotest day of the summer so far today but we are busy planing the winter event program. SW League, the Vets Tournaments and 2018 Junior dates all now available, details below.

SW Committee update:

Andrew Potter has taken over as our Treasurer. It will take a little while to complete the transfer so in the meantime please continue to CC myself and Ron and we will get all your bills and invoices paid.

Ros Sutherland has taken over as Coaching Secretary and has kindly taken on the SW Volunteering Manager role, for contact details, please see the web site.

And SW Champs 2019 has just been confirmed for 11/12th May (Plymouth, Kitto).

Dave Reece

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

2018 SW League and Vets Tournament entries

I know most of you are just about starting to think about what to do over the summer, but following the SWVA AGM yesterday we are now in full swing planning for next season.

Some key dates for your diaries:

  • 13th July – SW League Closing date
  • Mid August – SW League Fixtures published
  • 2nd December – SW Veterans tournament (sorry for the change of date, but we couldn’t get Riverside on the usual date in October)
  • 11/12th May (TBC) – SW Championships

Please find attached the entry form and rules for the SW League (also available on the SW website at https://www.swva.org.uk/competitions) and the entry form for the SW Vets Tournament (also at https://www.swva.org.uk/sw-vets-tournament ) .

If you know of other teams in your area who are interested in the SW League then please pass on this invite. If you know that you won’t be entering this year, then please do let me know and then I will take you off the list.

Online payment is available – please contact me for details.



SW Champs 2018 T-Shirt

Couldn’t get the shirts in time for on the day sales but they are NOW available via the SWVA Shop

Available in either polyester or cotton, get them before they sell out….

My IRC Experience – Mischa Jankowska

Each year we ask a number of our youngsters to report back on their SW IRC experience, today we focus on Mischa Jankowska (SW No 7) from our U15 Girls Squad…

Mischa Jankowska (SW No 7)

Hi, I’m Mischa I’m 13 and I play for Taunton volleyball club. This weekend I played in the Inter-Regional Championships finals for the Southwest under 15’s squad.

Friday 25th ~ on Friday we met at the BP garage in Taunton and from there were traveling up to Kettering in a mini bus. Everyone was so excited for the weekend ahead and were pretty much singing loudly and debating what music was actually good.

Soon, we’ll not so soon, but about two hours later we stopped off at the services to get some food but ended up staying longer than expected due to bad traffic. When we finally arrived at the Holliday Inn that we would be staying in, everyone went up to unpack quickly before getting ready to go to bed. But before we went to bed we had a team meeting and decided what shirts we were going to be wearing (there seemed to be quite an argument over who got which number though).

Saturday 26th ~ the next day, my roommates and I had the alarm set for 7:40 to allow us time to shower and get ready for the day ahead. It was an early start and we met everyone else downstairs at 9:00. After eating, the under 15’s got back on the mini bus and drove down to the National Volleyball Centre where we would be reffing our first match.

Overall on the first day we won two of our three matches to come runners up in our pool. We played so well together as a team and did better than expected. The last game we played, was the quarter final, which we lost, meaning we would be playing for 5th-8th place on Sunday.

That evening we went out to eat at the Beeswing restaurant, the food took almost an hour to arrive but we passed the time socialising. And when our food finally did arrive it was so hot a lot of us burnt our tongues. Once we’d finished eating, instead of getting the mini bus, we walked back to the hotel. We were so tired from a hard day’s work and we’d got back so late from the restaurant it was almost midnight!

Sunday 27th ~ We got up at 7:15 and had left the hotel by 8:30. When we arrived, our first game was due in about five minutes at 9:00. We won our first game against East and we also won our second and final game against East Midlands. It was a great win and this meant we came 5th overall in the whole competition!

It’s been so great playing for southwest and with such an amazing group of girls. Everyone got along so well and were so supportive of each other.

A massive thank you to Kate for coaching us this weekend, we couldn’t have done it without you. And also a thank you to Joana and Luis, even though you didn’t coach us you did such a great job coaching the under 17’s.

This has been an amazing weekend and I’m hoping to be a part of the program next year.

Mischa Jankowska

TeamBU Beach Volleyball Coach Opportunity

Bournemouth University are looking to recruit an experienced, qualified and motivated coach to lead its beach volleyball programme consisting of performance teams in the British University & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships and Volleyball England Beach Tour.

This coach will plan and deliver weekly training sessions, provide match day management, liaise with support services and work with the Performance Sport team to ensure the programme is delivered successfully.

This is a paid opportunity with a current scheduled training time of 4 hours per week October-March and 8 hours per week until June. For more information on the Performance Sport Programme at BU please visit: https://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/sportbu/performancesport/

If you would like to discuss this position please contact Martin Wells, Sport Development Manager mwells@bournemouth.ac.uk 01202965883. To apply for this position please send a covering letter and coaching CV by email by 5.00pm on Wednesday 4th July 2018.

Beach Volleyball Advert June 2018

SW Award 2017-18 Winners

Once again it was my privalage to present the SW awards to some of our volunteers for their work thoughout the sport within the region ( although we could only find Neil on the day). The rest of the awards are working their way toward their new homes, will add the photos once we receive them.

2018 Doreen Dingle Award for administration – Neil Bentley

Awarded to Neil for his work with the variouse SW Junior Squads and Junior events for the last two seasons. A lot of back ground admin work for our Junior Training sessions and organising the big weekend away for everyone at the Inter Region Championships.

2018 Bert Williams Referees Award – Jacky Pang

2018 Coaches Award – Phil Gorton

2018 Commitment to SW Volleyball – Chris Beer

2018 Contribution to SW Volleyball (U25) – Luis Stanbury

A new award this year to reward and to celebrate the contribution of our younger members in the sport.

Our first winner is Luis Stanbury for his work with the SW Junior squads and the volleyball program in Plymouth.

Total Volleyball – Clinics

Our intensive 1-day skill clinics focus on how coaches can help players to develop and tactically apply their skill mechanics in a game situation, 30th June / 1st July.

Each session combines practical work like skill and drill development, with theoretical learning like video analysis to give a varied approach to learning. Each attendee will be given the opportunity to discuss and analyse the sport with fellow enthusiasts and will each receive their very own Total Volleyball t-shirt to take home.

Whether you’re a new coach and just starting out, an experienced practitioner with years of experience, or a player of any level… everyone who attends the clinics will leave feeling excited to apply their new knowledge into their sessions. Clinics are held at Noadswood School and last for 6-hours. Attend one clinic for £50 per person, or both clinics for just £80.


Youth Olympic Games spot

Bello boys seal Youth Olympic Games spot

Javier and Joaquin Bello will represent England at the Youth Olympic Games this October in Buenos Aires.

The brothers took a magnificent 5th place at last week’s CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Finals in Austria to seal qualification in the beach volleyball at the Youth Olympic Games.

Following on from a 5th place finish at NEVZA and the great experiences gained on the World tour in Alanya, where they achieved their first World Tour win, Joaquin and Javier headed to the CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Finals. Teams from 23 nations were competing, who had all received placement through a qualification process, meaning the competition was far from straight-forward.

Javier and Joaquin Bello proved their class and showed their tournament experience. They knocked down Belarus, Ukraine and Hungary in Pool B on their journey to the Quarter finals. Here they faced a stern test against Czech Republic and were edged out 2-0 (22-20, 21-19). This meant they needed to beat the hosts, Austria, and Hungary to ensure of qualification. They sailed past Austria to ensure 5/6th playoff against Hungary.

As only the top 5 finishers would make the Youth Olympic Games, the pressure was really on. Javier and Joaquin kept their cool and displayed their growing maturity as they battled to a closely fought 2-0 victory (18-21, 20-22). Well done boys!

It’s a brilliant achievement to add to their burgeoning beach volleyball careers which has already seen the pair win gold at the Youth Commonwealth Games.

In the women’s draw of the CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Finals, Holly Bentley and Ellie Austin had the honour of representing Team England. The pair fought hard against quality opposition in Pool D, but came up short against Austria, Italy and Norway (1-2, 0-2, 0-2 respectively). Italy went on to claim the silver medal, while Norway took the bronze. Although they didn’t qualify for the Youth Olympic Games, they will have taken a lot out of the competition.

As well as gaining invaluable tournament experience, the biggest thing it that it will have proved the pair can compete against the best players. They were not blown away and should take much confidence as they look to keep developing their partnership and undoubted potential.

Junior Dates Released

2018 SW Junior Grand Prix dates and monthly squad sessions have now been released and added to the Calendar page up to Christmas

Junior Date for Sept to Dec 2018 now added to the SW Calendar: https://www.swva.org.uk/calendar