swva-newsletter – issue 341 – 2019-July

August 2019 / Issue: 342 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

Time for a July news update and well done to the South West & Wales Inter Regional Beach teams, report below.

SW Vet’s entries are now open, 50% sold out all ready, details below…

Dave Reece

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

Silver Medals for Team SW

Well done to both the SW U18 Girls and the U18 Boys teams as they made their way through to their respective finals in the first Inter Regional Beach Tournament at Cardiff last weekend.

Although both teams lost out to London, the eventual winners, it was an excellent event, and most will be back next years looking to go one step futher for that Gold medal.

And a big thank you to our SW coaching team: Denise, Flo, Luis and Dave.


  • Girls: 1st Lon, 2nd SW, 3rd WM, 4th SE, 5th Wal, 6th EM, 7th NW, 8th SW/YOR
  • Boy’s: 1st Lon, 2nd SW, 3rd SE, 4th WM, 5th YOR, 6th WC, 7th EM, 8th NW

After 106 matches and 27 Golden Sets, London were crowned the winners of the first-ever Inter Regional U18 Beach Volleyball Championships in both the Men’s and Women’s event.

Played in an exciting format, each squad consisted of two pairs. Pair #1 and pair #2 played a dual against pair #1 and pair #2 from another region. If both pairs from one team win…the job was done! However, if it’s 1-1 in the dual then there is a Golden Set to 15 points, with any two of the four squad players eligible to play.

With resounding dominance in the Women’s tournament, not dropping a set the whole tournament, the two London pairs of Keefe/Canevari and Knott/Erminio played the event perfectly. The no. 1 pair were pushed by Wales and the West Midlands during the pool and the knockout stages, but when the final matched them up against the South West they were convincing winners. The South West pairs of Morgan/Hill Anning and Davis/Newton were unable to bring the fire that got them into the final.

Women’s final results:
Pair 1: (LON) Keefe/Canevari vs (SW) Hill Anning/Morgan: 21-14, 21-14

Pair 2: (LON) Knott/Erminio vs (SW) Davis/Newton: 21-17, 21-14

In the Men’s event the London squad played with equal dominance, storming their way to the final winning all their duals. Khan/Soczewka and Bello/Sander only dropped one match on the way, to the Wildcard pairing of Howe/Naydenov, but were victorious in the Golden Set against the Wild Card team.

In the final Huggins and Faulkner-Ham and Lyall/Craig were unable to find the form that led them to the final but did push the number one pairing by taking the first set in the final.

Men’s final results:
Pair 1: (LON) Khan/Soczewka vs (SW) Faulkner Ham/Huggins: 15-21, 21-19, 15-8

Pair 2: (LON) Bello/Sanders vs (SW) Craig/Lyall: 21-8, 21-10

SW Vets 2019 Tournament

The SW Vets tournament is a handicap event for our older players where men and women compete against the clock, to either keep their handicap points advantage or to catch and overhaul the other team before the hooter sounds. Teams can be made up of any combination of players and the format throws up a different winner each year.

Entries are now open for the SW Veterans Tournament. Please note that this year the event is being held on a Saturday, as it is our 50th Anniversary year and we will be holding a celebration event in the evening at the Mill on the Exe pub and restaurant (http://millontheexe.com/) in Exeter from 6pm, just over the bridge from Riverside Leisure Centre.

More details and tickets will be available shortly, so get the date in your diary. We hope that teams will be able to at least drop in for a short while for a quick drink and nibbles before heading home or stay on for the rest of the evening and the buffet.

Our intention is that the awards from the Vets event will be presented at the Mill on the Exe to kick off the celebrations.

As usual the Vets Tournament is limited to 12 teams on a first served basis, so although there is a closing date it may sell out before this date. Should we still have places available after the closing date then we will open it up to teams outside the area, but I hope that we can fill it with SW based teams, in this anniversary year.

SW Vets Entry 2019

The bank payment details are the same as last year and those used for other SW competitions.

Cheers, Rachel

Volleyball Coaches Clinic

Dear Volleyball Coach

Following the success of our May clinic, we are delighted to announce the next coaches clinic on September 1st at Woodlands Community College, Southampton. Please feel free to forward this onto friends and colleagues!

For more information or to make a booking simply click anywhere on the e-flyer, or visit www.totalvolleyball.co.uk/clinics We hope to see many of you there on September 1st!

Both morning and afternoon clinics are aimed at coaches, want-to-be coaches and teachers of volleyball, with plenty of opportunity to take part in practical activities. To get the most out of the clinics, participants (if able) should be prepared to take part in the practical activities.

Book onto the clinic for just £50 or bring a friend to receive a 10% discount for just £90.


Join Dr Darren Britton for a fantastic insight into how developing these characteristics can be incorporated into training and every day interactions.

Darren is a lecturer in sport psychology in the School of Sport, Health, and Social Sciences at Solent University. His job involves teaching on a variety of units on both psychology and sport science degrees. Darren also works with several individuals and organisations in the local area. These include:

  • Perform Sports Medicine and Human Performance Centre (Southampton)
  • Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme
  • Premier League Football Academies
  • County Cricket Clubs


  • What are the Coaching KEYS of each skill?
  • How can Coaching KEYS help players and coaches?
  • How can you develop skills using Game-like activities?

TV staff members Dave and James will be leading a 4-hour workshop for coaches and teachers looking at the Coaching KEYS of serving, passing, setting and hitting. The Coaching KEYS of each skill will be identified and discussed and will be followed by drills, grills and games which can be used to develop each skill.

This workshop is aimed at all levels of coaches, teachers, those looking to becoming a coach, in-fact anyone with an interest in coaching volleyball or any sport. To get the most out of this workshop participants (if able) should be prepared to take part in the practical activities.

Level 2 coaching course takes place in Bristol

The first level 2 coaching course for a number of years has taken place at Wellsway School near Bristol. There were a number of coaches from clubs in the region and a few from further afield including one from York.

The coaches attended for four days over two weekends and will now be working over the next few months to complete the portfolios in order to qualify as level 2 coaches. They are being supported by tutors Steve Jones and Luke Thomas.
Special thanks to Ros Sutherland for organising the course.

course attendees

The coaches and there tutors after day 4 of the course.

Heavitree Parklife 2019 Results

It was another hot and sunny day for the 2019 Heavitree ParkLife Tourament in Exeter.

This years Park Volleyball Cup winners was “4 Buoys” from Kernow who beat Kirton in the final.

The Blue Lions from Plymouth beat Exeter’s Coaver Cabana in the Plate Final

and local team Bidders Beauties took the Bowl final ahead of Yeovil Fearsome Foursome.

Well done to everyone who took part, see you all next year.

VbDC – Summer Camps 2019

Earlier this year you very kindly shared some information to your SW volleyball network, via the newsletter, about our plans to create a team to take to the AAU national Championships in Florida. Although we did receive commitment from seven athletes ready to go to Orlando, we decided to put the project on ice for 2019 and instead focus on recruiting and selecting a team for 2020.

We knew that with the very short notice that the AAU gave us this year, finding enough of the right standard of players was going to be difficult, however we are now in the planning stages for team training and selection for 2020 and we’re very excited about the opportunity that this will provide for our young athletes. I would very much like to keep you updated on those plans, as and when they become finalised, so that the wealth of junior talent that is being fostered in the South West can have a chance to involve themselves.

In the meantime, I’d like to make you aware of two volleyball camps that we are running this summer. There are still places left on our Pre Elite and Elite camps. The camps are held in our top class facilities at the ACS school in Cobham and will be headed up by a roster of very talented UK based and international coaches; Carol Gordon, Piotr Graban, Will McDonald and Arjen Schimmel are just some of our coaching staff for this summer.

If any of your athletes would like to attend and need a place to stay locally, then we can arrange this with one of our host families or help to find other suitable accommodation. These camps are a truly memorable event for junior athletes, not only an opportunity to develop their skills and experience over the week. I wonder if there is an appropriate way for you and the SW Association to spread the word, as you so kindly did back in April?

Many thanks for your support so far and if you have any questions about us, our camps or the tour next year then please do get in touch.

More info: https://vbdc.co.uk/

Rachel Hynes – 07862 258 627

Beach Volleyball at Seaton (Cornwall)

Every Monday, 5:30pm to Sunset, Seaton Beach (Cornwall) PL11 3JD

Free to Play, everyone Welcome

We put the on/off message on the PMVC Facebook page during the day and setup the nets at 5.30pm on Mondays.

It’s been good weather for the last few weeks and people have brought BBQs with bring and share food and drink.

It would be lovely if you can come down one week. The sand is good and only a bit of pebble clearing.

Jenny jenny.leggott@transcendzero.co.uk

Cardiff Beach VC Fund Raiser

We as a club would like to move away from plastic bottles, and also be able to provide free access to a constant supply to fresh drinking water.

However, as a club we can’t afford to do this alone.

We need your help but more importantly we need your support.

Lets see if we can reach our goal – £714 required ….

To donate, see: https://www.gofundme.com/f/out-bottle-filling

Thank you, Carl Harwood cardiffbeachevents@gmail.com

SW Junior Development training dates released

The SW Monthly junior development training sessions have been released for the forthcoming 2019-20 season. The sessions are aimed for all players Under 17 in the region who wish to have extra volleyball training with peers from other clubs at a central venue and led by experienced coaches.

As the sessions lead into January, the developmental sessions will be streamlined to a core group in preparation for the 2020 Inter Regional Championships.

Please check the Calendar. The entries are coloured in Pink. https://www.swva.org.uk/calendar