swva-newsletter – issue 338 – 2019-May

May 2019 / Issue: 338 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

A bit of news but mostly a SW Champs edition, I trust eveyone had a good weekend. A bit of lost property: sw-champs-lost-property

Good luck to our four SW Squads and everyone else involved at this weekends Inter Regional Championships.

Dave Reece

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

South West Championships Winners

The 2019 South West Volleyball Champions have been crowned with both City of Bristol Men 1 and Bristol Ladies 2 retaining their titles from last year after a great weekend of competition with many closely fought matches decided by only one or two points.


Men: City of Bristol 1 bt Exeter Storm 2 sets to 0 (25 – 17; 25 – 22)

City of Bristol

Exeter Storm

Ladies: Bristol Ladies 2 bt PMVC 2 sets to 1

Bristol Ladies 2

Plymouth Mayflower



City of Bristol 1 bt Bristol Men 1 35 – 19
Exeter Storm bt Cardiff Celts 25 – 23


Bristol Ladies 2 bt PMVC Polonia 34 – 14
PMVC bt Plymouth 27 – 18



Exeter Storm bt Wiltshire Mavericks 27 – 26
Bristol Men 1 bt City of Bristol Men 2 32 – 19


Plymouth bt Swansea 26 – 19
Bristol Ladies 2 bt Torexe 28 – 21

More results at: https://www.swva.org.uk/sw-championships

2019 SW League Awards

Top of the SW Ladies League this season on set points and picking up their awards yesterday were Torexe Ladies.

In second place were Cheltenham & Gloucester

In the Men’s League, it was Exeter Storm on top for the 2018/19 season.

with Gloucester Eagles in second place (not at the presentation).

This years SW Ladies Player of the Match award went to Magda Morgan from Kernow Benenes with 8 nominations. Just ahead of Kaja Jankowska (Taunton) and Laura Kulmala (Royal Wootton Bassett).

Nick Boorman of Plymouth Mayflower picking up the Men’s award ahead of Denis Groves (Yeovil), Haydn Lawson and John Morgan (Petroc Beach Academy) and Rafal Czarny (Gloucester Eagles).

Spirit of the Tournament Awards

The Spirit of the Tournament award winners are chosen by the SW referees. This years Women’s award went to Anna Letowska from Bemi and for the Men, this year’s winner was Cono, who was busy assisting his Mum’s & Gran’s team throughout the weekend.

Well done to all our winners, have a great summer and see you all back on court for the 2019/20 season.

The award finally caught up with Anna at the Bemi VC AGM, presented by club Treasurer Chris Lyons.

2019 Salisbury Tournament

Entries for the 2019 Salisbury Outdoor Volleyball Tournament are now being taken. Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August 2019, with Camping from Friday 2nd.


Please note:

  • After receiving feedback last year, we are reverting back to manual entry forms, due to people complaining about the extra Paypal fees. Payment will be via Bank Transfer Only. Bank details are on the entry forms.
  • Entries for the 2’s competition, will be taken from 17:00hrs on Friday 2nd August onwards and will be on a ‘first come first served basis’. We will no longer be taken entries before the tournament.
  • No dogs are permitted at the tournament, by order of the Salisbury District Council (nothing to do with the Salisbury Volleyball Club).
  • Full details of the tournament and facilities can be found on the website above. Please note, the website is subject to change, as the tournament draws nearer.

I am happy for you to put in your entry forms from now onwards and pay at a later date, as long as the funds are received prior to the closing date.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards
John Bird
Tournament Organiser

UKBT to deliver Beach Tour

UKBT to deliver Volleyball England Beach Tour

The Volleyball England Beach Tour will have an action-packed calendar this season, after Volleyball England agreed an exciting new partnership with UK Beach Tour (UKBT).

Led by former England beach volleyball star Jake Sheaf, UKBT are event management professionals in beach volleyball competitions and will deliver this season’s Volleyball England Beach Tour.

There are over 50 events in the season’s schedule for female, male and mixed teams, with a range of events ranking from 1* to 5* so players of all abilities get the chance to play competitive beach volleyball.

“Volleyball England is delighted to partner with UK Beach Tour to deliver the Volleyball England Beach Tour,” says Volleyball England Chief Operating Officer Stewart Dunne. “Volleyball England’s top priority for domestic beach volleyball is to get as many people as possible playing at a level that is suitable and enjoyable for them. So it was a natural step to partner with UK Beach Tour as they have been delivering high quality and popular beach volleyball events over previous seasons.

The season is already underway and you can find out about all of the events in the calendar by visiting the UK Beach Tour tournaments page.

U14 JuVoTo Festival Results

What a Fantastic event….

A combination of SW JuVoTo teams from around the region headed up the M5 for the National U14 JuVoTo Festival at the University of Wolverhampton Sports Hub last weekend.

35 teams from around the country took part (147 players / 160 matches) at the 12 junior court venue. Keeping the event running smoothly were the U18 team members (in green) from the Black Country VC .

The overall winners were:

  • Girls: 1st NSVC, 2nd Leeds, Wirrall, [=5th Taunton] [10th RWB]
  • Boys: 1st NSVC, 2nd Redhill, 3rd Ashfield [12th Taunton] [=13th Bristol]

Full results: U14 JuVoTo Results and Stats

However it was Participation, Sustainability and Improvement the real medal winners. Many thanks to Pete Bragg and the team for hosting and putting on an excellent event.

Book your place early for the next one: 3rd May 2020.

HEVO Programme open for 2019/20

Applications for the Higher Education Volleyball Officer (HEVO) Programme have now opened for the 2019/20 academic year.

With the launch, the HEVO Information Pack 2019/20, which has the details of the programme for the forthcoming year, is now available too.

The HEVO programme sees students take up official ambassadorial roles as HEVOs in their universities and deliver recreational volleyball sessions for fellow students. These sessions are separate from university volleyball teams with players of all abilities and experiences encouraged to get involved.

Now in its ninth year, the HEVO programme is Volleyball England’s flagship scheme for increasing participation in volleyball and is backed by exclusive funding support from Sport England.

More info: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/hevo-programme-open-for-201920

Cambridge Volleyball Tournament

Cambridge Volleyball Tournament 3-4 August 2019.

It’s our 28th year running it, it’s a great 6-a-side tournament with the add-on 2’s competition for those who want to play a bit more volleyball after the main tournament.

More details are on http://www.cambridgevolleyball.org/summer-tournament/

Many thanks


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 Champs 2019 Photos

A quick behind the scenes look at this year’s event…….

It’s always an early start for our event volunteers and a very quiet one with an empty four court venue. However, that does not last long as the piece and quiet is broken by the first of the competitors rolling up.

Sunday morning breakfast (bacon, sausage & egg bap) is always popular for those who are not involved in the first round of matches.

A couple of new additions this year, the Sports Way shop and Speed Cage.

I did hear 56 mph…

As always the event is followed by the SWVA Championships and league presentations.

Although teams line up for their “Official” team photo with their trophies, the selfie afterwards is always more fun.

Conference launched to aid club development

Conference launched to aid club development

Are you part of running a volleyball club? If so, then a brand-new initiative could help take your club to the next level.

Volleyball England is launching the Club Conference 2019, an event featuring a host of exclusive workshops on different areas of volleyball club development. Taking place on Saturday 27th July 2019, the inaugural Club Conference will give clubs chance to gain advice from professionals from the volleyball community and also includes a buffet lunch. You can book your place now.

“The inspiration for the Club Conference has come from the results of the Club Survey 2018, in which there were a range of areas where clubs said they would benefit from leading advice and support,” explained Volleyball England’s core market coordinator Rob Payne. “The event is a great chance for clubs to upskill, develop and network.”

There are three time slots throughout the day and attendees can choose which three they want to do from a choice of five different 50-minute workshops. A Time to Listen workshop – which provides essential training for Club Welfare Officers – will also run on the day. As this is a three-hour workshop, attendees will need to choose to take part in the Time to Listen, rather than the club development workshops.

So, the Club Conference is an ideal opportunity for several club members to come along to benefit from all of the workshops, while a Club Welfare Officer gains essential training through the Time to Listen workshop. Clubs which have three people attend can use a discount code to gain a reduced price on entry.

More details at: http://www.volleyballengland.org/news/article/5938/conference-launched-to-aid-club

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.

Details: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/sw-junior-beach-program-2019