swva-newsletter – issue 334 – 2019-Jan

January 2019 / Issue: 334 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

Time for our first newsletter or 2019.

Dave Reece

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

The 2019 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 servered.

Entry forms are now available for the annual Exeter Men’s Challenge (14th Apr) and the Exeter Ladies Challenge (28th Apr)  end of season events:

Details and entry forms at the Exeter Challenge web site.

SW Level 2 Coaching Course – Bristol

We have received a good number of requests for a Level Two coaching course this year (more than the minimal number required). We have therefore arranged for a course to be run in Bristol in June 2019.

Please book your place early, we can only take 12 and anyone in the UK can book them, we can not reserve then for SWVA members only. To book: http://www.volleyballengland.org/courses

If you need anymore info please contact Ros ros.sutherland@googlemail.com

Wellsway – Bristol – Dates:

  • 8th June 2019 10:00 – 18:00
  • 9th June 2019 09:00 – 17:00
  • 29th June 2019 10:00 – 18:00
  • 30th June 2019 09:00 – 17:00

Sign up Deadline: 3pm Friday 31st May 2019

 More info at: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/sw-level-2-coaching-course-bristol

2019 Courses Dates

We have a few courses coming up in the region, get your name down before they are sold out.

  • Plymouth – Grade 4 One Day Referee Course 26th Jan.
  • Bath – Level 1 Introduction to Coaching Volleyball 17th Feb & 2nd Mar.
  • Plymouth – Go Spike Activator Award – 21st Feb.
  • Oxford – Beach Volleyball Coaching Clinic – 17/18th Apr#
  • Bristol – UKCC Level 2 Coaching Course 8/9th & 29/30th Jun ##

# There is only one Beach course run per year, this is it.
## This is the first SW Level 2 course for a good number of years, again first come first served.

Book a Course: http://www.volleyballengland.org/courses

World ParaVolley Honorary Denis Le Breuilly

Previous SWVA Ref Administrator Denis Le Breuilly has been made a life member of the World ParaVolley in reconision of his work.

From: http://www.worldparavolley.org/

Denis’ dedication to the activities and development of World ParaVolley is perhaps best illustrated by the number of roles he has undertaken for the movement over the years. Denis began his contribution as a Referee from 1992 when he attended and passed the International Referee Course in London. His Refereeing career in World ParaVolley continued until 2001. In fact his Refereeing career was so significant that he was the first British Referee to have officiated in international matches in 4 disciplines: FIVB (indoor and Beach Volleyball) and World ParaVolley (Sitting and Standing Volleyball).

As an administrator, Denis has held the roles of Secretary of the Referee Commission, Chair of the Rules Committee, Chair of the Constitution Committee, interim General Manager, and Sport Director, all at the World ParaVolley level.

Denis’ ParaVolley technical knowledge has enabled him to effectively deliver the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on behalf of World ParaVolley as the Technical Delegate. He has also acted as Technical Delegate at numerous other World ParaVolley international events.

London to host CEV Continental Cup

Next summer international beach volleyball will return to England as London will play host to the first round of the CEV Continental Cup.

The European Volleyball Federation (CEV) have confirmed that the Feel Good Too Centre in Leyton (pictured above) is one of eight venues which will host a Continental Cup round one event on May 25th and 26th 2019. The announcement is more good news for beach volleyball following the story this month that the British Volleyball Federation has gained aspiration funding to support getting Team GB to 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“It’s an honour that the CEV has selected England as a host venue for the Continental Cup,” says chairman of Volleyball England, Adam Walker. “It provides brilliant opportunities for volunteers, fans and athletes to come to London to be part of a prestigious competition, which is a route for qualification for the Olympic Games, and could inspire more people in England to get involved in beach volleyball.”

Played over three rounds between now and June 2020, the Continental Cup sees international teams face-off with the winners of the cup gaining qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The event in London will form part of round one.

More info: https://www.volleyballengland.org/news/article/5867/london-to-host-cev-continental

Volleyball Hub

Some of you may be aware of the Volleyball Hub, a new set up located in London who are aiming to improve the level of volleyball in London and the UK. I asked Valentina, one of the coaches if they would like to give us an insight on what they are doing (see below).


What we do
Volleyball Hub was born with the aim of improving the level of volleyball played in London and UK, offering specialised training that focuses on specific roles on court and also develops skills that are key to the individual player as well as benefiting the whole team.

We deliver clinics that have a technical focus and clinics that have a strategic/tactic aim.
We offer public clinics – are accessible to individual players – and private clinics that are dedicated to a team. The latter differentiate from the former in that the programmes can be tailored to the team’s needs and they focus on both technique and tactics. Whereas the public clinics have either a technical or a tactical focus. All details of a private clinic can be discussed and agreed with our head coach.


The format
The clinics are for a maximum of 12 players, to ensure that the coach can dedicate enough time to each of the participants. The onsite team at each clinic is made of:
– 1 coach. Our coaches are ex-professional players/coaches that have moved London: they are knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated
– 1 photographer
– 1 video camera is also used, placed at different corners of the court to record the drills.

More info at: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/volleyball-hub

Moscow opens a new era for Snow Volleyball

Snow volleyball has taken several form over the years, previousley played at top ski resorts. This year we have a CEV tour, new rules, a 3 A Side game, TV coverage on Eurosport and this weekend, played in the middle of Moscow in full winter gear.

From: www.cev.eu/SnowVolley-Area

Youtube 60 second Highlight: https://youtu.be/r1wahvt8tOA

The very first stop of the CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour 2019 held at Vodny stadium in Moscow was a historic event in many ways. It was the first competition contested according to the latest Rules of the Game, with three players standing on each side of the net and substitutions allowing the participation of a fourth player as well. The tournament featured extra-European teams from USA, Brazil and Kazakhstan and while adjusting to the 3 vs 3 format, the players could familiarise with the new Mikasa ball specifically designed for Snow Volleyball as well.

Through the live stream available on the CEV’s OTT platform EuroVolleyTV, fans from across the globe could follow all of the Main Draw matches since Friday morning – and TV production with as many as eight cameras was available for the semis and all medal matches, thus accounting for an innovative, high-level product.

The Moscow event broke new ground in many more ways, as the first international Snow Volleyball event held in Russia and the first of this magnitude to take place in a major city. Moreover, the organisers made available as many as three courts – with the top matches, including semis and finals, taking place in the iconic centre court of the Dinamo Sports Complex with a capacity of 2,600 seats.