November 2018 / Issue: 332 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

Not had one for a while – Time for a Newsletter.

If you have any news, items, events, or just let us know what you and your club are doing and we will pass it on.

And please check out our new Junior Beach Program below…

Dave Reece

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

SW Junior Training

The next training session for the South West regional squads is on Saturday the 17th November, Exeter. The session is open to all juniors living (or playing for a club) in the South West who were under 17 on 1 September (but those younger than 13 should get prior agreement).

It takes place at the Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter.

Girls will be training from 11AM to 2PM and boys from 2PM to 6PM. More details can be found here.

Neil Bentley

New SW Junior Beach Program

Inter Regional Beach Championships

We have been invited to enter a number of U17 teams in to the 2019 Inter Regional Beach Tournament in Cardiff for the 13th-14th July (date TBC).

The SWVA currently does not have a Junior Beach Program, hence before we can enter we need a South West Beach Development Officer to set up and help run a IRC Beach Program. We also need a Head Beach Coach and Assistant Beach Coaches to help run the program.

We are also always open to hearing from volunteers who would like to come and help out as well. More details on our “Join the Beach Team” page at: https://www.swva.org.uk/join-the-beach-team

Positions available:

  • Beach Development Office (Team Manager)
  • Head Beach U17 Coach
  • Assistant U17 Girls Coach
  • Assistant U17 Boys Coach
  • Beach Child Wealfare Office
  • Beach Volunteers

Please apply on line, closing date for all positions is the 31st December 2018

Trampoline Volleyball!

Found these photos on the Wombourne VC site, apparently taken in an Airspace Trampoline Park, looks interesting. I have tried contacting the club for more info but nothing received so far.

If anyone has any more info on this, please pass it on – thank you.

South West JuVoTo

The next Junior Volleyball Tournament (JuVoTo) will be on the 24th Nov at Bristol City Spikers, Wellsway SC, Chandag Rd, Keynsham, BS31 1PH.

It’s £15 per team (U12-U15), enter on line at: junior-registration

Our top U14 teams from this years grand prix will be able to represent the SW at the National U14 JoVoTo Final’s. A one day event on the 5th May at Wolverhampton University.

Current U14 standings our:

  • U14 Girls: Royal Wootton Bassett & BSVC S.M.R.T.1
  • U14 Boys: Royal Wootton Bassett & BSVC Ravenclaw
  • U13 Girls: Taunton Spikers & BSVC Gryffindor
  • U13 Boys: Taunton Tornadoes & BSVC Firebolts

Pleanty of time for things to change….

More JuVoTo events on the SW Calendar

Replacement Headlines for Sale

I have TWO 11.7 meter kevlar headlines for sale, they came as standard on our new nets but our venue requires 13m headlines, hence these are unused. £20 each

I also have a one week old 10.3 meter kevlar headline. Originally it was 13 meters but the sports centre staff got it caught in the post and damaged it. I have cut it back and tied a loop in it, if you can use it, make me an offer.

All payments to Torexe VC


My Home Nations Experience – Ellie Austin

Each year we ask a number of our SW youngsters to report back on their volleyball experience, this week we focus on Ellie Austin who represented England at this summers Home Nation event in Cardiff.

Ellie Austin representing England at the Home Nations

This year for the first time ever there was a Home Nations an international competition to which I had the honour of being able to play. The event lasted for 3 days full of competitive volleyball where I represented my country playing for England. Every time I represent my country I feel great pride and excitement as I experience new competition.

The competition had the 4 nations, 32 teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You are each put in teams of 4 which include two parings me and my new partner Katie Keefe and the other pairing in England 1 team Niamh Davies and Leah Blight.

This was mine and Katies first time playing together and it allowed us great progression and development together as we had many opportunities for many games.

The unique format sees 2 pairs per team competing against each other team with a ‘golden set’ decider played when the teams draw. There was a lot of excitement as we saw the other country’s arriving. The games soon began at 11 with the first of the pool games taking place.

To start off there was a lot of nerves from the players as this was their first ever competitive beach volleyball competition. In our pool we had England 4, Scotland 2, Scotland 3 and Wales.

Throughout are pool games against Scotland and Wales we were very combatable and felt strong as a pairing as we had some very successful wins dominating the court with aggression and confidence.

The next game was England 4 which we were pushed a little but we remained errorless and up’d our game and throughout it was no struggle as our experience shone through. Both pairings from our team were successful clearing our pool at the top with all wins and no sets dropped.

After pool play knockouts began as tension drew as everyone wanted to go forwards into medal matches. The quarterfinal was our next step where we faced England 5, with another convincing win.

The next round was semi-final where we played England 3 and nerves began as they were a strong and well-rounded team. Before the game we put together an effective game plan with coaches Amanda Glover and James Verrinder both high experienced players with great coaching knowledge. We put in place serving targets, offensive options and what to expect from the other side this all helped us to put together our best performance as a team.

The final
In the final we faced England 2 we knew this was going to be our toughest match yet because they were two strong partnerships Holly Bentley and Charlotte Wittram the other pair Saskia Freitas and Izzy Tucker. To start with me and Katy played Holly and Charlotte it was a good performance and we pushed through comfortably. Throughout the game we had to show commitment to every ball and be aggressive in offence to work our way around a big block at the net.

On the other side of our team Niamh and Leah played Saskia and Izzy and fell short not managing to secure the win. This meant that both teams had to get together and discuss who would play in the golden match as the games score was 1-1.

Decisions were vital as whoever won the golden set to 15 would win the match. Our coaches decided on putting me and Katy to play and the other side picked Saskia and izzy to play us. The battle was on as everyone crowded round ready for the clutch game.

Nerves were starting to overwhelm everyone on court but we didn’t let it affect our play which put us ahead and in control of the game. Throughout we showed resilience touching every ball and strong serving from the baseline. This pushed us to take the win.

Overall the event was a great success hosted by Cardiff beach volleyball Club a 6 court beach volleyball centre. It was the perfect venue where all the games could take place for the new competition. I though the competition was a great new format as it allowed games to become more competitive which was far more exciting for the massive group of supporters.

For many of the Girls this was here first ever beach volleyball competition playing other country’s which was a great opportunity for everyone. It allowed for a lot of great competition matches and strong improvement of your beach volleyball game.

Ellie Austin


We currently have a team from Augsburg, Germany visiting Devon, we entertained them at Torexe on Wednesday with a Halloween Volleybash event. Photos – Video

SW League Update

The 2018-19 SW League has kicked off with Petroc & Kernow in the men and Bristol, Kernow & Taunton ladies all making a good start.

A few mid table teams still on 100% but it’s very early days for everyone and just one team yet to play. Cardiff Jets kicks off their ladies program at home on the 11th with matches against Petroc & Royal Wootton Bassett.

The end of the journey: Bello brothers in Buenos Aires

The end of the journey: Bello brothers in Buenos Aires

Javier and Joaquin Bello’s journey at the Youth Olympic Games came to end with a 5th place finish, after they were edged out in the beach volleyball quarter finals by hosts Argentina.

Saved as the last match of the day in front of a partisan home crowd, the game lived up to its top billing. Having been narrowly defeated in three sets by the Argentinian pair of Amieva and Zelayeta the last time they met, the Bello brothers knew it was going to be a tough battle and the opening set turned into a titanic clash.

After the first few points were nip and tuck, Team GB’s Javier and Joaquin edged in front before being pegged back to 16-16 by the South Americans. Once again, the twins took the initiative and reached 20 points first but couldn’t seal the set. When the match was levelled at 20-20 the match became a monumental battle of wills to establish the 2-point lead to take the set.

Javier and Joaquin had the early opportunities to win the set, before defending a run of set points themselves. They had another couple of chances to take it before finally, the Argentinians forced victory 35-33.

From VE – More Info: https://www.swva.org.uk/beach/the-end-of-the-journey-bello-brothers-in-buenos-aires

1969 to 2019 Time to Celebrate

The South West Amateur Volleyball Association was formed in 1969, which means we will soon be 50 years old – Time to celebrate…..

  • We would like to celebrate our success at all our events throughout the years.
  • We would like a 50th Volleyball Logo or similar (prize available), get drawing.
  • We would also like to see your photos, particularly from the first half. When shorts were short, hair was long, the ball was white and we mostly appeared in Black & White (and looked a lot younger than today).

Plus any other interesting information, souveniers or bits of history that we can share.

Exeter University SW Champions 1971

The Early Years

The sport in the South West was given a boost when the new Sports Hall at Exeter University was opened in 1968, it provided a large (3 court) playing area for volleyball, the like of which had never been seen before in the South West and provided an excellent venue for hosting tournaments and league events. At the time, the vast majority of volleyball was played in school gym’s (with low ceilings) or on out doors courts.

In March 1970, the South West Amateur Volleyball Association (now SWVA) ran an Invitation Tournament at Exeter University with some of the top teams in the country plus a Southwest regional side (drawn mostly from Devon & Somerset). The event saw a very exciting final between Southgate Technical College (British Champions 1967-68) and Spark London (British Champions 1969), the top two English teams at the time, the match was also shown on BBC TV.

A week long Summer School was also run in Exeter, which provided an excellent opportunity to learn to coach volleyball, in was led by Mike Hibbert, Roy Pankhurst and Ken Harvey. Exeter University had won the inaugural SW Championships in 1971, with Ron Richards and Toomas Ojasoo (now EVA Chief Executive Officer) in the team.

Thanks to Ron Richards for the above info, if you can add anything to the above, then please get in touch Dave.Reece@Network100.co.uk

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And if you can reconise us, a few more pic’s of your committee members and coaches looking a lot younger at: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/1969-to-2019-time-to-celebrate

Hopefully we can put to gether a collection of photos from across the region, please forward or contact myself at Dave.Reece@Network 100.co.uk

Volleyball Courses and Workshops

Dear Club Secretary

Would your club be interested in volleyball courses and workshops? Volleyball England wants to put on the courses you want and need, in an area local to you.

To be able to do this, Volleyball England needs to understand from its member clubs the demand for its range of courses for within the 2018-19 season. The aim will then be to make courses more accessible and meet demand.

To find out what courses your club would be interested in, we’re asking for feedback from all club secretaries through a two-minute survey:


  • The survey is two questions; club name and course interest, it will take approximately two minutes.
  • We do not expect your numbers to be exact, but more a good prediction of the demand within your club.
  • Use this link to access the survey – https://goo.gl/forms/lZHJpPQKJsDScous2

Information on the courses

Volleyball England offers a range of courses for coaches, players, teachers, and club welfare officers. Below is a full list of the courses on offer and their price. You can find out more about what each course involves by clicking the course name:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Core Market Coordinator Rob Payne on 01509 227722 or email r.payne@volleyballengland.org

Kind regards,
Nick Boyes
Project Delivery Team Lead
T: 01509 227722