swva-newsletter – issue 337 – 2019-Apr Extra

April 2019 / Issue: 337 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

Time for a second April newsletter.

We have 11 juniors signed up for our new Junior Inter Regional Beach Training and events program at the moment, details below to join the program.

We have received a few more tournaments for the summer, if you have an event, let us know.

Inter Regional Championships 2019 update. Those involved will already be aware that their has been a venue issue. It’s been confirm today that the event will be going ahead but at two seperate venues about 50 min’s from Kettering. Details to follow.

Dave Reece

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

SW Champs 2019

With only 10 days to go, we have had a team pull out of the Men’s event, I know it may be a bit late but if you are interested in the position. Please contact Rachel


2018-19 SW Annual Awards Nominations

swva_logo_227x194The South West Volleyball Association appreciates the importance of volunteers in our sport and the huge contribution they make.

The Annual Awards go a little way to recognise their contribution and we hope that clubs and members will nominate those who they believe have put in their time and energy to assure the future development of volleyball.

For a list of past winners please visit our awards page at: https://www.swva.org.uk/awards

The 2017-18 Doreen Dingle Administrator Award went to Neil Bentley for his work with the SW Junior Squads 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.

Award categories:

Awards 2018 Winners
Doreen Dingle Administrator Award Neil Bentley
Bert Williams Referee Award Jacky Pang
SW Coach Award Phil Gorton
Commitment to SW Volleyball Award Chris Beer
SW Contribution to Volleyball Award (U25) Luis Stanbury

The deadline for all nominations this year is 15th May 2019. Please see the annual awards page for full details and nomination forms.

SW Junior Beach Program 2019

We are pleased to announce the launch of this year’s South West Junior Beach Volleyball Programme. The program aims to develop junior beach players within South West and to select athletes that will represent the region in the upcoming Inter-Regional Beach Volleyball U18 Cup, which will be held in Cardiff on 13-14th July 2019. This event will also be a selection ground for the Home Nations Cup also in Cardiff on 2nd August 2019.

Athletes are welcome to register for the camps providing they are:

  • U18 as of 31st December 2019. Anyone born on or after the 1st January 2002.
  • Residence, attending a school, or being registered as a player with a club in the Southwest.
  • Committed to at least 3 events mentioned on the schedule below. One must be away from their home venue.
  • Welsh athletes that are part of our SW Junior Indoor Programme can attend but they will not be included on the selection process, since Wales is entered as a region.
Date Event and Venue
29/05/2019 SW Camp – Croyde, North Devon
30/05/2019 Junior King and Queen of the Beach – Croyde, North Devon
15/06/2019 Deepdish 2* Event (UKBT Event) – Poole
16/06/2019 SW Camp – Sandbanks, Dorset
22-23/06/2019 King and Queen of the Beach (UKBT Event) – Croyde, North Devon
6-7/07/2019 Sandbanks (UKBT event?)
08/2019 Training event in either Croyde or Wessex for outlook to next season.

Training day schedule:

  • 10:30 – 12:00 – Morning training
  • 12:00 – 12:30 – Lunch time
  • 12:30 – 14:30 – Afternoon training

Full details at: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/sw-junior-beach-program-2019

Exeter Ladies 2019 Challenge Results

1st Place: Plymouth Mayflower Ladies

After winning the event for the first time in 2018, the girls were back again this year and after a long day of volleyball were able to take the title for the second time as 2019 winners. With Cardiff Falcons and City of Bristol finishing in second and third place respectively.

Most teams were getting in their final practice before next months SW Championships, likewise the event is also used by the SW U15 Boys squad as their match training session for the Inter Regional Championships. This year the boys did particularly well and everyone was treated to an epic final match of the day against Mayflower (which the boys eventually won) thereby becoming the overall event winners.

2nd Place: Cardiff Falcons

No. Club & Team Name… No. Club & Team Name…
Event Winner SW U15 Boys  6th SW U17
1st PMVC Ladies  7th Royal Wootton Bassett
2nd Cardiff Falcons  8th Plymouth University
3rd City of bristol 9th Plimsoll Bemi
4th Torexe Ace 10th SW U15
5th Torexe Topcats


3rd Cardiff Falcons

SW Squad Match Training Session

2019 SW U17 Squad

As we build up to next months Inter Regional Championships, everyone was back at the Riverside LC in Exeter over the weekend for the match training session at this years Exeter Ladies Challenge event.

2019 SW U15 Squad

The event is an excellent opportinity for coaches to experiment with their team, with different player combinations and line ups while competing against SW and National league teams from around the regions.

The event is also used by the SW U15 Boys and results during the day brought up a critial Knock Out match between the U15 Boys & U17 Girls squads, which both squads wanted to win and resulted in one of the best matches of the day.

2019 SW U15 Boys Squad

Well done to everyone who took part and good luck in next months Inter Regional Championships.

2019 Whitefield Tournament

Whitefield Volleyball Tournament, the largest (130 teams) and most popular outdoor grass volleyball event in UK

The 2019 Whitefield Tournament is a 2 day event, the weekend of 20 and 21 July

South Bristol Sports Centre, West Town Lane, Bristol, BS14 9EF

Mens, womens and mixed 6-a-side teams

Camping, delicious food, bar, Sat night boogie, superbly organised with full 3 set matches. The tournament is VERY popular so please enter on the our website  www.whitefield.cbvc.org.uk as early as possible (from 8am Sat 27 April) to avoid disappointment.

Kate Falkner
Whitefield Volleyball Tournament www.whitefield.cbvc.org.uk

SW Champs Pirate Cruise

Come and join PMVC and its merry band of Pirates on a special South West Volleyball Championships exclusive social event as it coincides with one of Plymouths most popular themed weekends – The Plymouth Pirate Weekend!

The Saturday night of the SW Champs is often a chance to refuel and un wind after a hard days play on the court but this year we wanted to make it memorable with a pirate themed booze cruise.

The cruise will be a 2 hour cruise up the Tamar as you look for a good place to bury yer booty and avoid walking the plank! The Spirit of Plymouth is a licensed leisure craft run by Plymouth Boat Trips that will be “piratiefied” and ready to take to the waves of Plymouth Sound with an open top deck, a licensed bar and dancefloor area for those who can dance with a wooden leg.

More details and to book: https://www.swva.org.uk/home/sw-champs-pirate-cruise

Volleyball 2.0. London

I have just received this link to a video that is being shown to promote volleyball in London.  It has been sent to the member of London Sport who attended and was very excited by what she saw.


Charlie Orton

Exeter Men’s Challenge 2019 Results

1st Place: Exeter Storm

It was another full sport hall in Exeter for this year’s end of season Exeter Men’s Challenge event, and it was fifth time lucky for Exeter Storm. Who had appeared in four previous finals, only to finsh in the runners up spot on each occation. This time they just piped the Royal Navy by one point to take this years title.

2nd Place: Royal Navy

No. Club & Team Name… No. Club & Team Name…
1st Exeter Storm  7th Weymouth Waves
2nd Royal Navy  8th SW U17
3rd Poole Panthers  9th Inter Tiptop
4th Swansea 360 10th Torexe B
5th Pata Negra 11th Bedminster
6th Torexe A 12th Countrymen

In third place, Poole Panthers and fourth Swansea 360

3rd Place: Pool Panters

Tournament final video below, also available at: Exeter-Challenge-Video/n-qLhNF/i-3LFC7K9/A and a selection of photos at: https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-4Mdf8n/

SW U17 Boys

The 2019 SW U17 Boys squad took part in the end of season Exeter Men’s Challenge last weekend. For the players and coaches, it was a great opportunity to experiment with the team line up and play againts a good selection of teams from around the region.

Just for the record that team fininished in 8th place.

Why are Sports Clubs a Target for Hackers?

You may find the article below (sports clubs / targeted by hackers) of use to your association / clubs. There is a link to some commercial products, which can be ignored, but the general information / awareness is quite useful.

Ron Richards

Sport and leisure clubs of all sizes are finding themselves under attack from cyber criminals. These attacks can result in large financial penalties, loss of member trust and loss of sponsorship.

On average, the cost of a successful cyber attack to a sports club in the UK is £10,000. For many amateur community clubs this would be a crippling financial hit.

But why are hackers choosing the sport and leisure market? This article from our partners at DeCyber lists the reasons why and highlights the importance of making your data secure.

Full item at: https://www.decyber.co.uk/blog/why-are-sport-and-leisure-clubs-a-target-for-hackers/

NB: Each week we appear to have someone pretending to be the SWVA Chairman and requesting funds to be transferred to their account by the Treasurer. Fortunately, we have a system that identified the real Chairman among the phony emails, plus something called a Phone (which is very useful at times).

England’s temporary pair thwarted in Sweden

2018-2020 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup

The Bello twins’ preparation for the CEV Continental Cup started in March when they went to Sydney for the FIVB World Tour 3-Star event but they lost in an epic three set encounter to Olympian and World Championship silver medallist Jonathan Erdmann – and partner Max Betzien – of Germany. A training camp followed and from then they have continued working in London.

Last week Joaquin suffered an injury during training and the doctor advised him not to play this week in order to be fully fit for the Continental Cup. Chris Gregory was in Portugal and he agreed to be Joaquin’s replacement for the Swedish World Tour 1-Star event in Göteborg.

Read more at: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/englands-temporary-pair-thwarted-in-sweden

Drinks Bottle

Most generic lost property gets handed in to the venue but things that could be indentified we pick up.

If this is yours and you would like it back, please let me know. Dave.Reece@Network100.co.uk