Time for a newsletter.
SW Champs entries open next weekend for SW & NL team, details below.
Last call for next weekends SW Mini Championships
A few places left on our Level Two Coaching course.
Past Newsletter: https://www.swva.org.uk/newsletter
SW Champs 2019 Entries – Open 9th March at 10am
This years SW Champs entry procedure has now been confirmed by the SW committee. A maximum of 28 teams can enter the SW Championships and places will be allocated in two rounds until the event is full on a first come first served basis. Existing South West and National League teams will be given priority under Round One. All other teams within the SW region can enter under Round Two.
Please note that this tournament is the South West’s elite competition to find the best team in the region. Teams are therefore expected to select their players from their current registration lists and the organizers reserve the right to apply sanctions to the club for future events for obvious transgressions.
SW Mini Champs – 9th March 2019
The Annual SW Mini Championships returns to Taunton and will take place on Saturday 9th March at Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Cheddon Road, Taunton, TA2 7QP. It starts at 1:00 p.m. and expected to finish around 5:00 p.m.
Teams are generally made up with three players, but two can play together or you can have a team of four where players rotate in. It is also allowed to include one younger boy in a girls team or one girl up to one year older in a boys team. The weight of balls should be appropriate to the age group playing and the team with the youngest player will always select the weight of the lightweight balls if there is a dispute.
I would like to make the closing date for entries Monday 4th March at 6 p.m.
Heavitree Park Tournament Exeter
SW Level Two Coaching Course – Bristol
Inter Area Tournament 2019
You may have seen in the South West newsletter that I am looking to see if I can re-kindle an Inter Area tournament where the winners of each region (Local League) play each other in a tournament. Not restricting this to just the SW Region I am keen to open this up to neighbouring regions.
The idea being that a team who won a region ( or came second/third if the other teams are not interested ) could represent their region to play in a one day tournament.
The format and location would be dictated by the number of teams interested and their location. The tournament would be indoor and likely to take place during the second half of May / first half of June.
In order to gauge interest, would you be able to ask your region if they would be interested to enter. Would you be able to get back to me by the end of March so that we can judge if we have enough teams that are interested.
Back in November we raised an issue with new coaches now appearing to requiring three years of recorded history? VE have now got back to me with an update on this, it appears that our insurance company had supplied and publish the wrong information.
The VE insurance portal web site has now been update (as of Sunday). Ref: www.sports-insure.co.uk/client/Volleyball-England-Policy-Schedule.pdf
The wording is now:
“Multi Sport Coaching Condition
This does mean that Level One Coaches with appropriate experience are covered to lead sessions, if recognized by your venue or hoist. I suspect School’s and Council venues will still require Level Two as they do with other sports.
The Easter bank holiday weekend will see the first camp of the Volleyball Futures programme, which aims to spread expertise on the best way to develop talented volleyball players.
Held at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering, the event is for coaches and players of the under 15 regional squads and is a brilliant opportunity for them to discover how to create the best environment to develop talented athletes.
This camp is just the beginning for the Volleyball Futures and the aim of the programme is to spread this knowledge to all volleyball clubs where young players with potential are learning the game.
So what will the coaches and under 15 players, who will be aspiring to join the England talent pathway, be learning over the weekend?
SW Beach Players – Continental Cup London
The Feel Good Too Centre in Leyton will be hosting the CEV Continental Cup this summer and the players who will be representing England on home sand have been selected.
A route to qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the Continental Cup is a prestigious event and hosting it in England has been made possible by the local Waltham Forest Council committing to bringing top class sport to the area. The incentive for the England teams to progress from the round one event in London is that the third and final round of the Continental Cup is exclusively for teams which have not already qualified for the Olympic Games through their rankings or other qualification tournaments.
Hosted on Saturday 25th and Sunday May 26th, the event will be played in a thrilling format with each country having two pairs who will compete together as one team, in ties which are best of three matches. The country’s first pair will play each other, while the second pairs will also face off. If the tie is level after two matches, the contest will be decided by a golden match. This has the added spice that the national team coach can pick any two of their four players to compete in the decisive match.
The England teams
The England women’s team, which will face France, Belarus and Northern Ireland, has a great blend of youth and experience. The selected pairs are Vicky Palmer and Jess Grimson, and Ellie Austin and Anaya Evans.
Multiple winners of the national title on the sand, Vicky Palmer and Jess Grimson are England’s number one women’s beach pair and have competed on the World Tour. They reached the pinnacle of their career’s to date when they became the first women to represent England at beach volleyball at a Commonwealth Games when they competed at the Games on the Gold Coast last March.
Just 20 and 17 years old respectively, Anaya Evans and Ellie Austin are two rising stars of English beach volleyball. They have come through the England Talent Pathway and have represented their country at volleyball too. Notably, Ellie achieved the highest ever place for a junior England women’s pair at a European event. The pair have experience playing in CEV, FIVB and NEVZA events but this step up to senior level will be a great opportunity for them.
The men’s four-man squad has a similar exciting mix of experience. The selected pairs are Chris Gregory and Issa Batrane, and Javier and Joaquin Bello. They will come together to compete against Switzerland, Armenia and Bulgaria in May..
Chris Gregory is a stalwart of beach volleyball in this country. A multiple national champion on the sand, Chris has won NEVZA beach tournaments and has represented Great Britain at a European Games. Last year, the 210cm tall Chris was a colossal presence as he finished fourth, with his partner Jake Sheaf, at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Issa Batrane has been playing alongside Chris and is a fledging talent who has come through the England Talent Pathway for both volleyball and beach volleyball. He has a wealth of experience competing in junior FIVB, CEV and NEVZA events.
Twin brothers Javier and Joaquin Bello are well-recognised in the volleyball community with a long list of achievements, despite only being 18 years old. The pair have represented England at youth level on the beach and indoor on many occasions and have had spectacular junior careers. They won gold in the Youth Commonwealth Games, before finishing 5th at last year’s Youth Olympic Games.
Both the men’s and women’s squads have selected reserves who will be eligible to replace any of the players in the event of an injury before the competitions starts.