swva-newsletter – issue 339 – 2019-Jun

Jun 2019 / Issue: 339 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

Time for a June update, no guesses for our lead story this month, well done to all involved with the SW U17 Girls squad.

Dave Reece

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

Inter Regional Champions 2019 – SW U17 Girls

It was a nail biting final to this years event, not the best start for the team going down 0-6 to some excellent serving from North West and a group of very nervous SW girls had to slowly made their way back into the match. As they relaxed it was game on and it was North West turn to faulter towards the end of the first set and the business end of the final third set decider (25-22, 19-25, 15-11).

The two teams had each topped their respective pools and hence had not met during the event, so it was a showdown of the two outstanding teams of the weekend. The girls’ MVPs went to Georgia McGovern of South West and Rhea Hackin of the North West.

Congratulations to the girls who are now U17 Inter Regional Champions for 2019!!!

A special thanks should also go to all the back-ground volunteers who made this possible, the coaching team, the back ground admin team who suffered with all the changes brought on by the last minute switch of venue.

The biggest thanks must go to all the parents who did all the running around supporting the team throughout the weekend and suffered on the balcony watching the tense drama unfolding below on court.

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Inter Regional Beach Training

The SW Inter Regional Beach Training started last week with a training camps and competition at the North Devon Croyde.

More training events are planned over the summer for a SW team to take on the rest of England and Wales, 18 SW Juniors have signed up so far.

See: https://www.swva.org.uk/junior-beach-training

Junior King and Queen of the Beach – Croyde, North Devon

Players came from as far as London, Cardiff and Taunton and joined many local players. Weather conditions meant it was held on the Green in Croyde on their fabulous beach courts. The Event was limited to 12 boys and 12 girls.

Play started just before 10am and concluded around 4 pm with each of the players playing in pools of 4. It’s a great format where you get to play with each of the other competitors, amassing points as you go and progressing through different pools.

The girls final came down to the duel between Kaja Jankowska (Taunton) and Holly Lovell-Fox with a final score of 15-11, Kaja was crowned Junior Queen of the Beach.

The boys final was very tight with Dan Huggins (Lee) coming back from 16-20 down to win 23-21 over Kike Bello (London) to become Junior King of the Beach.

Ian Huggins ian.angie@icloud.com

Inter Regionals Results 2019

The May bank holiday is always a big weekend in the volleyball calendar – and this year was no different with another brilliant Inter Regional Championships!

Local club rivalries were put aside as the nine volleyball regions were represented by the best volleyball talent in their area in the Under 15 and Under 17 competitions.

The competition was hosted at two new venues with the University of Leicester hosting the Under 15 competition and the Under 17 event taking place at the brand-new facilities at the University of Warwick.

The girls’ event was up first played on the Saturday and Sunday, with the boys following on Sunday and Monday.

Girls Inter Regionals

SW U15 Girls

The South East took gold in the Under 15 competition after putting in a superb performance over the two days. They only dropped one set on their march to victory, and that was in the pool stage to London, who they eventually met in the final.

The final was a well-fought contest with the South East winning 2-0 (25-17, 25-23), leaving London the claim a deserved silver medal. The final medal went to the North West as they pipped the East to the bronze, winning on a deciding set. For the full results, click here.

SW U17 Girls

At the older age group, it was the South West who were crowned champions. They defeated the North West in a thrilling final 2-1 (25-22, 19-25, 15-11). The two teams had topped the pool stages so it was a showdown of the two outstanding teams of the weekend.

London took the bronze by beating East Midlands in the 3rd place playoff, which was not a surprise as they were the only team to take sets off South West and North West.

The girls’ MVPs went to Georgia McGovern of South West and Rhea Hackin of the North West. For the full results, click here. Report from VE web site

Boys Inter Regionals

SW U15 Boys

With seven regions competing, the boys U15 competition was a league format with each team playing each other once.

It was the boys from the capital that emerged victorious as they claimed seven straight victories to top the table. It was gold for London while silver went to West Midlands, as they only lost out to London. In the showdown which would prove decisive in crowning the champions, London managed to oust West Midlands over three sets (25-22, 21-25, 15-11).

The South West took third, only losing out to the top two. For the full results, click here.

SW U17 Boys

The Under 17 competition also had seven teams so was played out in the straight league format too. London were at the double in the boys competition also taking gold at Under 17 level. As with their under 15 counterparts, London U17 were victorious in all their matches to take top spot with maximum points.

The title deciding match proved to be London versus South East, with the boys from the capital winning the deciding set 15-8. The South East took silver as they defeated all the other regions. West Midlands took bronze as they only lost out to the top two, even running champions London close. For the full results, click here.

Heavitree Park Tournament

Saturday 6th July / Cost: £25 / 4×4 Park Volleyball

Hi Everyone, as all of you been waiting for the day for Heavitree Volleyball tournament – we have a max of 24 teams this year, so please book your team soon possible ( 4 Players per team ), on Grass.

If you have any question please email me PCoolen@sky.com

2019 SWVA Awards

The 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.

2019 Doreen Dingle Award for administration – Cliff Ball

Cliff has been a long-term administrator with the South West VA and Wiltshire VA plus recent work on the National scene with Children and Young Persons development.


Cliff Ball (left) receiving the Doreen Dingle award from SWVA Representative Tim Clifford

2019 Bert Williams Referees Award – Daniel Sarnik



Dan is a regular referee at the SW Champs and has been progressing through the NVL structure with recent Division One Matches and the SW Champs Men’s Final.


2019 Coaches Award – Dave Gunter


Dave has given a tremendous commitment to coaching over the last few years with the South West VA, Wessex VC Juniors & Senior teams, VE Staff Tutor and Southampton Solent University.



2019 Commitment to SW Volleyball – Ros Sutherland


Ros Sutherland has been one of longest serving members of the SWVA coaching team as well as decades of development work for the sport in the region and her local East Devon area.


Ros Sutherland receiving the SW Commitment award from SWVA Chairman Dave Reece

2019 Contribution to SW Volleyball (U25) – Immy Dawes

Immy has been assisting and coaching junior sessions in the SWVA and the Academy of Beach Sport during the last 10 years.

Managing a range of athletes and supporting them on their journey through the sport.


Immy Dawes receiving the SW Contribution award from SWVA Representative Tim Clifford

Tenby Beach Tournament

13/14th July – Tenby Beach – www

UKBT to deliver Volleyball England 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.

“There is a vibrant calendar with a great number of tournaments, and it will be fantastic to see lots of players getting out on to the sand to play this season.”

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.

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