swva-newsletter – issue 333 – 2018-Dec

December 2018 / Issue: 333 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

Time for a bumper edition of the December Newsletter, please note a couple of Dec 31st Closing dates below and this months SW Junior Training sessions are in Bristol (not Exeter).

Well done to Torexe Saga Louts on retaining the SW Vets Trophy, other than that, an early Happy Christmas to all our readers and we will see you all on court somewhere in 2019.

  • Teams to represent the SW in the National U14 Finals – Dec 31st
  • The New SW Beach Development Office post – Dec 31st

Dave Reece

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

National U14 JuVoTo Festival

SW Teams at the U14 4 v 4 IRC Finals

This is your initial invitation to take part and represent the SW Region in the Inaugural National U14 JuVoTo on May 5th at the Walsall Campus of Wolverhampton University.

This event is to partly replace the U14 (4v4) event that was part of the Inter Region Championships until 2017.

The Vision:

  • Truly National Festival for Boys and Girls playing 4 v 4 on badminton courts.
  • Open to Schools and Clubs alike. Celebrating our sport, a spectacle that all will enjoy.
  • With 12 courts available we intend to maximise play and embrace a range of abilities.
  • Pool play in leagues of 5, 6 or more with timed sets.
  • A Major outcome will be to develop young officials and coaches.

Whilst competition is fundamental the philosophy is developmental

To proceed we need to have received your expression on interest by the 1st Jan 2019 (entry forms Feb and closing entry date Mar).

More details and form at: https://www.swva.org.uk/national-u14-juvoto-finals

New Junior Beach Program – Positions Available

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

2018 Veterans Tournament Results

Tournament Final

It was another excellent sell out event at this years SW Vets event with teams from around the SW region, renewing old friendships, on court battles and having fun with the mixed handicap event.

2018 Winners: Torexe Saga Louts

The handicap system generally throws up a different winner each year so it was quite an achievement for Torexe Saga Louts to beat the odds and to retain their 2017 title with a golden points victory (29 to 28) over Wiltshire Mavericks. Well done to everyone involved.

Second: Wiltshire Mavericks

Final Results

  • 1st Saga Louts – Torexe
  • 2nd Wiltshire Mavericks
  • 3rd City of Bristol
  • 4th Plymouth Mayflower
  • 5th Exeter One
  • 6th Yeovil
  • 7th Bouneside Unlucky
  • 8th Cardiff Volts
  • 9th Countrymen
  • 10th Bemi 50th Tour
  • 11th Torexe
  • 12th Happy Hour Hornets

Full Report at: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/2018-veterans-tournament-results

PS: A few younger members had sneaked into the hall as spectators and were demanding that there should be a similar event for 20 to 35 year olds. If anyone would like to take this on, then please let me know.

My IRC Experience – Jess Falkner-Ham

Each year we ask a number of our youngsters to report back on their SW Inter Regional Championship experience, today we focus on Jess Falkner-Ham (SW No 13) from our U15 Girl’s Squad.

Some provide a nice write up, some heaps of photo’s, Jess has provided us with an excellent Video Diary – Watch and enjoy.

Direct Video Link: IRC 2018 Video

Video Player

Jess Falkner-Ham – Cardiff Celts VC

Bath – Level 1 Introduction to Coaching Volleyball

Volleyball England Level 1 Introduction to Coaching Volleyball, Sports Training Village, University of Bath

Price: £150.00


  • 17th February 2019 09:00 – 17:00
  • 2nd March 2019 09:00 – 17:00
  • Sign up Deadline: Friday 8th February 2019


Double-Dimpled Microfiber Anti-Sweat Functionality “Nano Balloon Silica”

The FIVB and Mikasa Corporation revealed the design of the new “V200W” indoor volleyball in a special ceremony tonight, followed by a celebratory dinner hosted by the FIVB and Mikasa for all delegates attending the 36th FIVB World Congress in Cancun, Mexico.

The V200W features a perfectly balanced, 18-panel aerodynamic design that improves ball movement and gives players greater control. With enhanced visibility, the new indoor ball will optimise the quality of play and maximise excitement on the court.

The double-dimpled microfiber surface stabilises the flight path of the ball and creates additional cushioned ball control, whilst the anti-sweat functionality “Nano Balloon Silica” prevents the surface of the ball from becoming slippery during intense play. The ball exceeds the FIVB’s homologation standards and passed stringent testing protocols, carried out by leading national teams and clubs over the last six months.

The V200W will make its debut at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball World Cup and replaces the MVA200, which was first used at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Following the announcement, FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said:
“Mikasa has supplied equipment for the FIVB since volleyball was first included on the Olympic Programme at Tokyo’s first Olympic Games in 1964, and the V200W will be the official game ball for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

My IRC Experience – Harriet Bentley

Each year we ask a number of our youngsters to report back on their SW IRC experience, today we focus on Harriet Bentley from our SW U17 Squad

Harriet Bentley SW No. 10

Inter-regional Volleyball Competition 2018

On the Friday 25th May we travelled down to Kettering in the evening ready to play volleyball for the weekend. After arriving about 8:30 at the hotel we had a quick team meeting after the other bus arrived and then went to bed ready to play the next day.

On Saturday we were up early, getting ready to get to the National Volleyball centre. We had a busy day that together as a team we played well against some really good teams. After a long days volleyball we headed to the restaurant where everyone was very hungry! After a fairly long wait for our food once we had eaten everyone was ready for bed.

On Sunday, we knew that we would be facing the two toughest teams that like us at that point unbeaten. By the end of the weekend we had won 4 games and lost 2 and that left us in 3rd place overall.

It has been a great experience and working as a team with some very talented volleyball players was definitely a bonus. A massive thank you to everyone in the South West squad who helped in getting us to Kettering and playing volleyball as well as Joana and Luis for coaching.

It was such a great weekend with some fantastic volleyball and the whole girls south west program all year has been so beneficial to me and all the other girls.

Harriet Bentley, Calne VC

Info New Volleyball Coaches Need to Know…

A change in this year’s Volleyball England’s insurance has raised a few concerns, we note this year that a new coach is defined as: “must be suitably qualified to coach the sport in question and possess 3 years practical coaching experience for the sport in question.”

A couple of people have highlighted that this appears detrimental to aspiring new coaches who have just qualified and who want to start to be an integral put of their club’s coaching set up. There are also varying views as to what is 3 years practical coaching experience?

We all know that today coaches have to collect a number of certificates to qualify and what insurance companies are like when it comes to disputing a claim. Looks like more emphases will need to be put on Coaches log books and for clubs to examine (and cross check) coaches who join their clubs.

The above has been raised by the SWVA at the Regional Commission and with VE in September, we have not yet received an update or clarification on this. VE are still stating on their web site (Nov 2018) that “All Coaches receive £5 million public liability insurance” which we believe is note quite correct for new coaches.


If you are new to coaching, please keep a log book.

If you are a newly qualified Coach (even a level 2) and you can’t show three years of regular and suitable experience, I would suggest that you are NOT insured via VE Public Liability insurance. Suggest you look at other insurance providers.

If you are a club and a new coach joins you, check their coaching log book for three years suitably experience.

If you are an inactive coach (taking a break) and looking to return to the sport, you may wish to start as an assistance coach first to build up your log book again.

Dave Reece
SWVA Chair

Weymouth Rembrandt v Speedwell Photos – 1982

Graeme Sawyer has kindly forwarded some photos taken at a NL 1 match from Feb 1982, between Weymouth Rembrandt (in white) and Speedwell (National Champs at the time) at Cranford Avenue.

You can see the full size photos at: Weymouth v Speedwell

EuroVolley TV

The European Volleyball Federation(CEV) has lauched EuroVolleyTV, an online television service that will broadcast top level volleyball.

English fans will be able to watch the CEV Volleyball Champions League, CEV Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Snow Volleyball on the new dedicated volleyball service. The online TV service will cost just €7.99 a month and fans will also be able access an archive of matches from past editions of the CEV competition, including the Champions League.

CEV President Aleksandar Boričić commented: “We are constantly striving for innovation and are working hard to modernise Volleyball and provide fans with the ultimate Volleyball experience. The launch of this OTT platform is just the reflection of our strategic vision and determination to break new ground in order to bring Volleyball closer to as many people as possible, with a focus on the younger generation.”

The launch of EuroVolleyTV comes in conjunction with the start of the 4th Round / pool stage of the 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League on November 20 and following those matches, the platform will also show CEV Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Snow Volleyball competitions.

The CEV have partnered with Sportradar, one of the world’s leading provider of sports data and media service, to deliver EuroVolleyTV.

1970 Invitation Volleyball Tournament

1969 to 2019 Time to Celebrate

In the November Newsletter we highlighted that the SWVA (originally SWAVA) will be 50 next year and one of the first events run by the association was an invitational Tournament between a SWAVA team and the two top teams in the country at the time.

Roy Pankhurst has kindly sent us a copy of the Tournament Match Program between the SWAVA, Southgate Technical College (British Champions 1967-68) and Spark London (British Champions 1969).

It’s well worth a quick look, admission was 2/6 (younger readers may have to look that up) and the SW team was drawn from Speedwell, Bedminster Down, NE Somerset, Hartcliffe, Exeter University VC and Townhill Tigers from Swansea.

The Southgate team included players from Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Mauritius as well as England Internationals. Sparks appeared to include the rest of the England team, including the Coach & Captain and one player from London.

Also in the program, a short write up on the start of the AVA (Amateur Volleyball Association) and how to subscribe to the quarterly journal “Volleyball”, which cost 7/6 per annual subscription.

Dates for the Diary include a number of SW tournaments plus a three day demonstration at the Bath & West Show Ground, Shepton Mallet.

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