swva-newsletter – issue 343 – 2019-Sep

September 2019 / Issue: 343 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

It’s time for the September Newsletter and the new 2019-20 Indoor season, see you all on court somewhere during the season.

A few dates to highlight:

  • 28th Sep – First Junior Squad Training session, Exeter Riverside LC.
  • Don’t forget our 50th Anniversary Celebration, 9th Nov, details below.
  • 15th September Grade 4 Referee Bournemouth

Dave Reece

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

2019-20 Player Registration

swva_grass_green_1902019-20 Player registrations are now available. To take part in any SWVA organised event (adult or junior) you need to be a member of a Volleyball England registered club and Registered as a player with the South West Volleyball Association (name, club, contact email, DOB if under 18).


The team contact, the club secretary or the club coaches is responsible for registering all players and presenting the “SWVA Team Sheet” to the match or tournament officials.

Players can also register themselves using their club user ID (available from your club Sec), player registration is from 1st September to the 31st August 2020.


Player registration sheet 3

Once registered, players names will appear on the appropriate team list, registration numbers will appear once the registration has been approved.

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.

28th Sept – SW Squads – Riverside LC, Exeter 11 am – 2 pm Girls / 2pm – 6pm Boys.

SW 2019-20 Junior Squads IRC Sign In

Everyone planning to attending a SWVA Junior squad indoor training sessions will need to sign in once for the new 2019/20 season, this can be done on the “SW Sign In page” link below. This lets us know who is planning to attend and provides the coaches with a register and contact details etc.

SW Junior Training Sign In

Water Volleyball

With exactly three weeks before the start of the European Men’s Volleyball Championship in Ljubljana (September 12 to 26), the Slovenian capital hosted a unique spectacle – a volleyball match of former European volleyball stars on a floating volleyball field in the middle of the river Ljubljana.

In the immediate vicinity of Tromostovje, Fish Footbridge or Makalonca, ambassadors from all four host countries of the 2019 EuroVolley, Tomislav Šmuc and the Dutch Bas van de Goor, and former France and Belgium national teams, Guillaume Samica and Frank Depestele competed in the show.

The players were impressed with the attractive moves and proved that they can play volleyball on the water as well. With the prepared pitch and atmosphere created by many spectators, the volleyball players, who played three sets of up to 15, were also very pleased, changing teams every time, as the result was of secondary importance this time.

From indoors, sand and snow, Tomi Šmuc has now experienced what it is like to play on the water. “I have to say that I didn’t think it would be possible to play on the water, but in the end the game turned out to be very pleasing.

The event itself and its location are unforgettable and I’m really glad to be a part of it. I have to say that I haven’t played with Bass in a very long time. The fact that the boys can get together after so many years and contribute to the promotion of the European Championship is really something phenomenal, “said Šmuc after the game.

More information regarding EuroVolley can be found on the official website of the Championship, located at the URL https://eurovolley.cev.eu/en/moski/ .

From: http://www.odbojka.si & https://www.facebook.com/odbojkarskazveza/

SWVA@50 Anniversary Event & Buffet Tickets

This season marks our 50th Anniversary and our first major event will be the SW Vets tournament, 9th November (10 am to 6pm at the Riverside LC, Exeter) followed by an evening celebration at the Mill on the Exe, Exeter (ground Floor function room).

The evening event will be split into two, both events will have access to the SWVA@50 set of displays, slide show plus a selection of food. The function room has its own bar and services, come along, feel free to stay for both events, subsidised tickets are required (so we can confirm numbers with the caterers).

Back to the 70’s

SWVA 50th Anniversary Buffet

Tickets (£10 Per Person)

Come and celebrate 50 years of SW Volleyball with us on the 9th November, meet old friends (we are expecting a good number of past members to attend), check out the SWVA displays, buffet and celebration cake at the Mill on the Exe, Exeter.

7pm to Close – SW 50th Anniversary Buffet

  • Pre event: 6pm to 7pm – SW Vets Presentation – meet the teams
  • 7:45pm – Buffet
  • 8:15pm – Speeches
  • 8:30pm – Toast and then Cutting of the Cake
  • 9:00pm – Social Time till close

SWVA@50 Displays and Mementos

  • TimeOut Newsletter and items from the SWVA Archives
  • Back ground Slide Show – The early years
  • SWVA Rolls of Honours – 50 years of history and event winners
  • Whitefield Tournament display – the first 46 years
  • Local leagues & Area Associations – Items from the past
  • Volleyball Newsletter Display – Started on line in 1995 with issues 001
  • Exeter Challenge Reports – Now in its 25th year,
    Other Items Welcome…

More Info and Ticket Purchase

** Tickets on Sale until the 25th Oct 2019 **

A few Courses Coming up

Plymouth – Sitting Volleyball Workshop

  • Contact: Coaching at Volleyball England
  • Tel: 01509 227722
  • Email: coaching@volleyballengland.org
  • Address: Skills Group Building
    Unit 4 Drakes Court Eagle Road
    Eagle Road
    PL7 5JY
    United Kingdom
  • Price: £50.00
  • Dates:
    • 14th September 2019 13:00 – 17:00
  • Key info: Sign up Deadline: 3pm Friday 6th September 2019
  • Course Information

Bournemouth University – Grade 4 One Day Referee Course

  • Contact: Coaching at Volleyball England
  • Tel: 01509 227722
  • Email:coaching@volleyballengland.org
  • Address: Bournemouth University
    Fern Barrow
    BH12 5BB
    United Kingdom
  • Price: £55.00
  • Dates:
    • 15th September 2019 09:30 – 17:30
  • Key info: Sign up Deadline: 3pm Friday 6th September 2019
  • Course Information

2019 Home Nations Junior Beach Volleyball Cup

This 2nd annual event sees National junior beach volleyball teams from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales will battle it out on the sand!

If you missed it, you can catch up or re-live the whole event with a good collection of videos from the three days at: https://www.inter-beach.net/videos

or in full screen on the “Beach Volleyball Inc” You Tube channel at:

Final Results

Ladies: 1st ENG1, 2nd ENG2, 3rd ENG3, 4th SCO 1, 5th SCO2, 6th WAL, 7th NIR, 8th SCO3

Men: 1st SCO1, 2nd ENG2, 3rd Wales, 4th England 1, 5th NIR, 6th Scotland 2, 7th England 3, 8th Scotland 3

SWVA Coach of the Year 2018-19

Back in May, Dave Gunter was awarded the 2018-19 SWVA coach of the year at the AGM, not present at the time, we can now confirm that the presentation shield has finally caught up with him.

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 to assure the future development of volleyball.

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.

Thank you to Roy for arranging.

Yvonne Perkins to step down as Chair of Volleyball Wales

Yvonne Perkins will be standing down as Chair of Volleyball Wales at the end of July, after a decade in post.

Yvonne stepped into the position at a very exciting time for Volleyball as the GB teams were preparing for their inclusion in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Volleyball Wales was created in April 2009 and completed the British jigsaw puzzle giving Wales a voice within the British Volleyball Federation, Small Countries Division in Europe, Confederations of European Volleyball and Federation of International Volleyball.

These ties were strengthened when Yvonne worked for LOCOG in London as the Group Admin Leader for Beach Volleyball in the Olympic Games, cementing firm friendships and links to many people within the Volleyball Community both in the UK and overseas. It was also with pride that several others from Wales were Gamesmakers at the Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Sitting Volleyball events. With the motivation and inspiration that came from the Games, Volleyball within Wales was seeing an insurgence, especially at Junior Level.

Coaches Sandra Stoll and Jack Allman have been the biggest driver of junior volleyball within Wales enabling junior teams to compete internationally for both boys and girls, and it has been a huge delight to see their hard work pay off with some of the ‘original’ juniors competing on the senior scene for beach volleyball in recent years. Without their massive input, Volleyball Wales would not have been able to continue.

Closer to home, in 2014 Yvonne organised the Welsh League which has provided opportunities for players as well as providing opportunities for several new clubs to be developed in South Wales. It was hoped to replicate this in the North but this has not yet been achieved, although it is encouraging to see pockets of volleyball returning with some clubs utilising the coaching resources and training provided by Sandra over recent years.

As well as her role as Chair and League Secretary, Yvonne has also been the Treasurer and Secretary for Volleyball Wales for the past 8-9 years as these roles have not been filled since the previous post holders stepped down. Yvonne continued to cover these roles to enable the coaches to focus more on the coaching, and to develop the players needed for the future.

From Volleyballwales.com

Birmingham 2022 (27 July to August 7)

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has announced that Birmingham 2022 is set to have the largest ever female and para sport programme in history after Women’s T20 Cricket, Beach Volleyball and Para Table Tennis were confirmed for the next Commonwealth Games.

This exciting announcement comes after the 71 Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) voted by the required majority to accept the proposal from Birmingham 2022 to add these three sports to the existing programme.

International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° said: “The FIVB is honoured that beach volleyball has once again been selected for the Commonwealth Games after its successful debut at Gold Coast 2018.”

“Volleyball is an inclusive sport that is enjoyed all over the commonwealth by people of all abilities and backgrounds. As a sports leader in gender equality, we are extremely proud to bring the fantastic atmosphere of beach volleyball to Birmingham 2022, an event which is set to have the biggest female and para sports programmes in history.”

Team England Beach players Victoria Palmer and Jess Grimson said: “We’re super excited about the inclusion of beach volleyball for Birmingham 2022. We had the opportunity to represent Team England at the Gold Coast in 2018, which was something we will never forget. But to have the opportunity to play at a home games would be the real dream and also a huge step forward for beach volleyball in England.”

from: https://www.birmingham2022.com/news/blog/birmingham-2022-set-for-largest-ever-female-and-para-sport-programme-in-commonwealth-games-in-history/

You can register your interest now, the volunteer application process will open in 2021 at: https://www.birmingham2022.com/get-involved/volunteering/

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.

First Session 28th Sep, Exeter Riverside LC.

Please check the Calendar for all other dates: https://www.swva.org.uk/calendar