swva newsletter issue 315 – 2017-Feb

Feb 2017 / Issue: 315 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

Lots of news around at the moment, so an early Feb edition and don’t forget on the 25th Feb we are hosting the 3rd Southwest Volleyball Association Junior Grand prix (3v3) at Wellsway School, Bristol.

Dave Reece

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

Recruiting for Commonwealth Games 2018

Volleyball Wales Logo 2Volleyball Wales are looking for Beach Volleyball players from around the country and beyond, who meet the eligibility criteria for the Commonwealth Games, to form a development squad for 2018 (Gold Coast) and 2022 (Durban). If you are interested in expressing an interest to play in either or both of these competitions, and to get further information about squad sessions, please complete the survey on the link below. Eligible players will be contacted in early Feb with more information:


Closing date for expressions of interest – 6th Feb 2017

For information about Team Wales, please visit their website

Grade 4 Referee course – Bristol

Are any of your club members looking to become qualified referees? If so, they may be interested in the following Grade 4 Referee course that is due to be held in Bristol on 5th February:

Wellsway School – Grade 4 One Day Referee Course

  1. Location:
    1. Wellsway School, Chandag Road, Bristol, Somerset, BS3 1PH
  1. Price per person:
    1. £50.00
  2. Date and Times:
    1. 5th February 2017 09.00-18.00
  3. Sign Up Deadline:
    1. Friday 27th January

For full course details and booking please visit our courses page here.

To find out more about the Grade 4 Referee course, please click here.

Top Level European Volleyball Coming to London

Top Level European Volleyball Coming to London

London based IBB Polonia will play the next round of their CEV Challenge Cup campaign at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace on the 1 February.

IBB Polonia will be facing Dutch team, Draisma Dynamo Apeldoorn in the final 16 of the competition, the first time an English club has reached this stage in the competition.

In December, Polonia played the last round in two legs against Hungarian side FINO Kaspovar SE, losing the first leg in Hungary 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-20). In the home fixture, played in Belchatow’s Energy Hall in Poland, Polonia, turned over the set deficit winning 3-1 (25-17, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19), forcing the game to go to a Golden Set which they won 15-10.

Chris Hykiel, IBB Polonia London Sports Director.said “Other than the 2012 Olympics this will be the highest level of official competitive volleyball ever to take place in England. Just over a year ago, IBB Polonia London were the home team in the London Legacy Volleyball Cup in 2015, but that was not an official CEV event. No other English team has won a match in the CEV Challenge Cup in history. The match is likely to attract a sellout crowd and enormous media interest. This match is not to be missed by any serious volleyball fan”

The event starts at 7pm. Tickets are already available via


More information will be available on the club Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/IBBPoloniaVC)

Pic. Pawel Piotrowski

FIVB Volleyball Channel

fivb youtube video channelLooking for some great vidos to checkout…

The FIVB Video Channel has 176,867 subscribers and 43,047,877 views at: https://www.youtube.com/user/videoFIVB

Dorset and Hampshire Courses

I just wanted to notify you of a couple of volleyball courses coming up soon in the Dorset and Hampshire Counties.

We have a Grade 4 Referees Course taking place at Bournemouth University on Saturday 18th March 12pm-8pm.

We also have a Sitting Volleyball Workshop taking place in Eastleigh on Saturday 4th March 1pm-5pm.

Information and booking of both these courses can be found by clicking on the following link https://www.volleyballengland.org/courses

Many Thanks
Mark Simmons, Volleyball Relationship Manager – Dorset & Hampshire
Volleyball England
E: m.simmons@volleyballengland.org

Beach Volleyball Coaching Clinic – Oxford

oxford beach vcAre you looking to get started or improve coaching on sand? If so, you may be interested in Volleyball England’s Beach Volleyball Coaching Clinic that is due to run in Oxford on 15th & 16th April 2017:

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is open to anyone aged at least 16 years of age by the first day of the course, who is interested in learning about coaching beach volleyball, be they a qualified coach, a player or someone looking to get into coaching.

All attendees who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of attendance form Volleyball England. To be qualified to independently lead beach volleyball coaching sessions, you will also need to hold a Level 2 coaching qualification. You can find out more about our Level 2 course here.

  • Location:
    • Oxford Beach Courts
      Cutteslowe Park
      OX2 8ES
  • Price per person:
    • £140.00
  • Dates and times:
    • 15th April 2017, 9am-5pm
    • 16th April 2017, 9am-5pm
  • Sign Up Deadline:
    • 3pm Friday 31st March 2017

You can find out more about the Beach Coaching Clinic on our website here or book on to the course here (you may need to alter the search filters on the left hand side of the page to ‘beach coach’ to find the course).

Kind Regards, Laura Woodruff, 01509 227730

Funding for Wall Net Sliders

wall sliderWe are delighted to announce that Volleyball England has additional funding to install Wall Net Sliders for clubs offering recreational playing opportunities to players aged 16 years plus, who are looking to play or are playing in local league and wish to grow their overall numbers of players aged 16 plus.

Due to conditions of the funding we have tight deadlines, equipment is to be installed by the 31st March 2017.

Applications are now open, where we would very much like you to apply for this equipment grant. The strict deadline for applications to be returned to Volleyball England with supporting documents and photos as detailed in the attached paperwork is Friday 10th February 2017.

In order to be considered for the funding you will need to complete the Wall Net Slider Application Form ensuring all areas of the Criteria are complete. Please Note; that if your application is successful you will be requested to forward a Purchase Order for £200.00 inc VAT for partner funding against the £820.00 inc VAT equipment and installation costs before installation can take place.

Please find attached to the email:

Please ensure you read all of the paperwork fully before submitting your application. Any questions please do let me know and we look forward to receiving your application.

XVIII Summer Cup 2017 Official Invitation

xv111 summer cup 2017The organization of the XVIII Summer Cup 2017 has the pleasure of inviting your prestigious team to participate in the 18th edition of this International Tournament of Volleyball.

This event takes place between July 5st – July 9th 2017 in Vila da Lousã – Portugal (located about 28 km from Coimbra) .

The tournament is aimed to teams from the following age groups:
•     Under 14 (“Infantis”) boys and girls: born in 2003 and after;
•     Under 15 (“Iniciados”) boys and girls: born in 2002 and after;
•     Under 16 (“Cadetes”) boys and girls: born in 2001 and after;
•     Under 18 (“Juvenis”) boys and girls: born in 1999/2000 and after.

xv111 summer cup 2017 court
Main Goals:
a) To extend the 2016/2017 season, thus encouraging the teams to continue training after the standard season.
b) To mark the end of the season with a tournament, where the parties and the moments of fraternization between the teams are a constant, and which give this event unique features of festive atmosphere.
c) Gather the family of European/ International youth volleyball in Lousã and adjacent municipalities.
d) Equally, this event allows the coaches to test the teams and the players of the 2017/2018 season. This means that the teams may also bring some younger players (born in 2004).

Find all the information at: http://lousavolleyclube.wixsite.com/summercup

Best regards, Luis Vidal (+351 911516206)

Sport and recreational grant aid – Plymouth

plymouth-grant01Sport and recreational grant aid

You can receive financial assistance towards the cost of a nationally recognised:

  • Coaching course or sporting qualification
  • Officiating course
  • Leadership award
  • Sports related training course/workshop

Who can apply

Anyone that lives within the recognised city boundaries, or represent a recognised Plymouth sports club who are non-profit making.

Value of financial assistance available

  • Up to £500 towards course costs
  • Up to £60 towards travel costs
  • £15 per night towards accommodation costs

More details: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/sport-and-recreational-grant-aid-plymouth

2017-2020 Official Rules available

The 2017-2020 Official Volleyball Rules and Official Beach Volleyball Rules and the Referees’ Official Hand Signals are now available to download.    Read Article

Approved by the 35th FIVB Congress in October 2016, the rules are to be implemented in all FIVB competitions beginning after January 1, 2017. They provide the framework for how volleyball and beach volleyball are played around the world.

Time to Listen Workshops

Region Location Date Time Cost
South West Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Exeter, EX2 8DPhttp://tinyurl.com/hajdyvc 09/02/2017 18:30-21:30 £35
South West Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership, Somerset, TA21 9JQhttp://tinyurl.com/jg9uefw 27/04/2017 18:00-21:00 £40

For guidance on the Volleyball England requirements please click HERE

Many Thanks