swva-newsletter – issue_327 – 2018-May

May 2018 / Issue: 327 / SWVA Membership: 1,800

Hi all,

More news so time for a May Newsletter…

Dave Reece

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

It’s SW Champs 2018 time…

Bristol Ladies – 2017 Ladies SW Champions

It’s that time of the years when we find out who the top teams in the region are as we go head to head with our South West, VE’s National League, University BUCS and our top Local teams for this year’s SW Championship titles and bragging rights for the next 12 months.

Twenty-eight teams have entered this year’s event (12/13th May) from all corners of the region to do battle. To win, teams will need to plan their campaign, there is a lot of volleyball to get through, it’s not a sprint, it’s survival of the fittest, a team effort and collect your bonus points when required.

Once again, you can keep up to date with the event on line sw-championships or via the SWVA web clip app (details below).

Souvenir T-Shirt

Cotten souvenir T-Shirt should also be available on the day, price £10.

…and a Big thank you to all our 2018 Event sponsors:

See you all in Plymouth.

swva iphone app

iPhone / iPad / Mac Users:

Adding the SWVA (web clip) App is really simple, just follow these steps below:

  1. Open the Safari web browser app on your iPhone / iPad / Mac.
  2. Browse to the page: https://www.swva.org.uk/swva
  3. Tap the Action Box (the square with the arrow coming out of it).
  4. Tap Add to Home Screen.

Super 8 Finals weekend to be live on BBC

Super 8 Finals weekend to be live on BBC

There’s exciting news as the Super 8s Playoff Finals weekend will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website.

Viewers all over the world will be able to tune in this Saturday and Sunday (May 5 and 6) to watch both legs of the men’s and women’s Super 8s Finals, as well as the Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix Final via the BBC Sport website.

On Saturday, Team Northumbria and Team Durham will kick off the live coverage at 13:15 in the first leg of the women’s Super 8s Final. The men’s first leg match, which sees reigning champions IBB Polonia London take on Team Northumbria, will be live from 15:45pm on the BBC Sport website too.

The following day, Sitting Volleyball will take centre stage as the Grand Prix Final of East London Lynx vs. Sheffield Volleyball Club is live from 10:45am. The second leg of the women’s and men’s final will follow at 13:15pm and 15;45pm respectively.

Following on from the success of the live coverage of the National Cup Finals last month, the contract was signed with the BBC this week to stream the Super 8s Finals weekend.

The coverage will again include a scoreboard and live commentary. The filming is being provided by Rebel Media – the University of Essex student media team, who provided the coverage for the National Finals.

The students have been practising for the event for months and are helping provide this great platform for the sport as volunteers and are using their own equipment.

So make sure you tune in this weekend to see the action as Volleyball returns to the BBC! You can find links to the matches on the live section of the BBC Sport website.

2018 SW Squad Match Training

It’s been eight months of training so far for our budding juniors from across the region as we look for this year’s South West U15 & U17 squads members. The squads will represent the region at the annual Inter Region Championships in Kettering over the May Bank Holiday.

Match practice was the topic of the latest training sessions with all four teams taking part in this years Exeter Challenge events, well done to everyone who took part.

SWU17 Girls (Coach: Joana Osorio and Luis Stansbury)

The U17 Girls finished second, losing out to Plymouth Mayflower in the final but finished ahead of Torexe & Plymouth Ladies.

SWU17 Boys (Coach: Ben Fairweather)

The U17 Boys finished fourth in their competition with some excellent matches against a number of clubs with National League credentials. They head off to Kettering to defending their Inter Regional Championship title in good shape.

SWU15 Girls (Coach: Kate Falkner)

There was plenty of action and match practice for the U15 Girls as they finished off their event against teams from Exeter, Bristol and Cheddar.

SWU15 Boys (Coach: Dave Samuels)

The U15 Boys put on an excellent display of defence work throughout the day, finishing mid table after their seven matches.

Well done to all the volunteers and parent who came along to support and cheer the teams along. We have one more training session next month before we head off to represent the SouthWest region.

2018 League Champions

It’s gone right down to last weekend’s final round of the 2017-18 SW Ladies league program to decide the final league positions and this years winners. Wiltshire Mavericks had been in pole position but a couple of losses this month has seen Torexe sneak past on Sets difference to take this year’s title. Cheltenham & Gloucester a little way back in third.

Weymouth Beach have been the team to beat in the Men’s league all season, the fight for second has gone to City of Bristol with Kernow just edging Yeovil on sets difference for third spot.

2017-18 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

Geoff Allen accepting last years “Commitment to Volleyball” award on behalf of himself and Lynn Allen, from SWVA Chairman Dave Reece in recognised for their work at Wessex (over 40 years) and in the SW.

Award categories:

Awards 2017 Winners
Doreen Dingle Administrator Award Tim Clifford
Bert Williams Referee Award Chris Semmens
SW Coach Award Andrew Potter
Commitment to SW Volleyball Award Lynn & Geoff Allen
SW Contribution to Volleyball Award (U25) New award

The deadline for all nominations this year is 15th May 2018. Please see the annual awards page for full details and nomination forms.

Cardiff Celts – Coach Position Available

Cardiff Celts Volleyball Club are looking for volunteers to join their coaching team, specifically to help develop two of the men’s teams for 2018-19 season. Currently playing in Div 3 NVL and the Welsh league, we are looking for a committed and enthusiastic coach to continue the development of one or both of these squads next season.

Ideally the coach would be Level 2 or equivalent and would need to be DBS checked due to the juniors in the team. For more information or to express your interest, please contact Steve Ham on steve_r_ham@yahoo.co.uk

Yvonne Perkins
Cardiff Celts


Heavitree Parklife Grass Tournament – Exeter Saturday 30th June

Following its successful inauguration event last year, the Parklife Heavitree grass tournament returns on Saturday 30th June. Once again it will combine with the Sports in the Park event, which has events from Exeter Chiefs rugby and Exeter City Football amongst several others, so there will be plenty going on during the afternoon.

We are hoping to expand the event from last year and offering an early bird discount to those entering before 30th May.

2018 Parklife Heavitree entry form

For those of you based in the Exeter area there will also be some Saturday pop-up volleyball sessions before the tournament on 9th, 16th and 23rd June from 2 to 4 pm. Keep an eye on the facebook page Heavitree Volleyball for more details.

Hopefully we will have as great weather as we had last year!

Exeter Men’s 2018 Challenge Results

2018 Winners: Kernow

After a tough day it was Kernow who took this year’s hounors in the end of season challenge, beating Exeter Storm in the event final.

Second Place: Exeter Storm

No. Club & Team Name… No. Club & Team Name…
1st Kernow 7th Plymouth Uni
2nd Exeter Storm 8th Plymouth Mayflower Pirates
3rd Arrows 9th Countrymen
4th SWVA U17 10th Bedminster
5th Poole Panthers 11th Swansea 360
6th Torexe 12th Plymouth Mayflower Tigers


Third Place: Arrows

Thank you to everyone who took part, look out for the 2019 event dates early next year.

Exeter Ladies 2018 Challenge Results

It was another packed tournament for this years end of season Exeter Ladies Challenge event. Teams came from across the region to take part, many use the event for match practice for the next month SW Champs and our junior squads for their Inter Regional Championship event in Kettering.

2018 Winner: Plymouth Mayflower

Anyone of the top four teams could have won the event and both the final and the third – fourth play off matches went down to the final match point.

Second Place: South West U17 Girls


No. Club & Team Name… No. Club & Team Name…
1st Plymouth Mayflower 7th SW U15 Boys
2nd SW U17 8th Exeter Storm
3rd Plymouth Ladies 9th Cheddar Cats
4th Torexe Topcats 10th SW U15 Girls
5th Plymouth University 11th Torexe Acesardiff Jets
6th Bemi Brunel 12th Bemi Cabot



Third Place: Plymouth Ladies

Well done to everyone who took part.

FIVB’s Volleyball Nations League

The first edition of the FIVB’s Volleyball Nations League starts in just 4 weeks. This new competition replaces the World League for Men and World Grand Prix for women. For the first time there is parity with the prize money.

Each of the 16 teams will play each once in 4 team tournaments throughout the world and come together for finals in France for the Men and China for the Women.

Please see link http://www.volleyball.world/en

Kind Regards
Stewart Dunne
Chief Operating Officer

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