Time for another Newsletter round up
SW Juniors Girls
League Round Up
Junior Grand Prix – Hutton Moor
Last call for Hutton Moor Mini-Volleyball tournament on Saturday 6th December (12 noon to 4 p.m). Any teams wishing to enter, please do so by Friday 28th November at 6 p.m.
Please use the link https://www.swva.org.uk/junior-grand-prix-entry-form to enter and the cost of entering is £15 per team. Teams are generally made up with three players, but two can play together or you can have a team of four where players rotate in. It is also allowed to include one younger boy in a girls team or one girl up to one year older in a boys team. The weight of balls should be appropriate to the age group playing and the team with the youngest player will always select the weight of the lightweight balls if there is a dispute.
All players must be registered with the SWVA to take part in the Junior Grand Prix. Player registration can be done by clubs by logging into the SWVA web site with your club login details (available from your club sec or coach) and fill in the Player Registration Form (Name & email adress required). Print off your Team Sheets and hand them into the event organiser.
New Bournside VC website
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Coach required for SW Beach Junior Boys squads – Training Dates set
Denise Austin has organised South West Junior Beach Volleyball Training for 2015 – open to girls and boys. She says “ideally it would be great to have a separate coach for the boys squad”, hence the request to seek a coach who would like to undertake this role.The three dates allocated for beach volleyball training in Croyde are listed below.
Please contact me or Denise if you wish to consider or take on this position
Jurek Jankowski (SW Coaching Secretary) email@example.com
or Denise Austin firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of this years players registration process, the committee decided to ask for players Nationality. We are aware that in the top two divisions of the National League, the ratio of UK and Overseas players is about 50:50, so we were interested to find out what the ratio is with respect to the SW League.
As of this weekend, 284 adults are registered to play in the SW League, 177 (62%) from the UK, 107 (38%) with an overseas back ground.
With respect to our overseas players, 35 countries are represented, with representatives from Poland 26 (24.3%) making up a quarter, followed by Spain 11 (10%), Italy 10 (9.3%), Germany 5 (4.7) and Slovakia and China on 4 (3.7%) each being the main countries.
Volleyball England Level 3 course!
Course Dates Announced
Volleyball England Level 3
Volleyball England is delighted to announce the confirmed dates for the four-day Level 3 Coaching Course in Kettering during April 2015. The course will be split over two weekends: The 11 & 12 April will be held at the Kettering Buccleuch Academy and 25 & 26 April will be held at the National Volleyball Centre. The course is a must for all coaches who are coaching competitive teams and want more technical and tactical understanding of the modern top level game.
Among a wide variety of subjects, the syllabus will include:
11th April 2014 09:00 – 17:00
The course costs £600 for all four days and includes accommodation on the Friday and Saturday (Lunch also included). For more information, please view the course page.
For help with funding please contact our Membership and Funding Officer via email:email@example.com or call: 01509 227711
Cornish Volleyball – A Potted History
In 1972 a whirlwind tour of all UK shore establishments by the Royal Navy Volleyball Coach saw “proper” volleyball (rather than the jungle rules variety) introduced to RNAS Culdrose.
After two years of effort by the servicemen competing with the more traditional sports, Cornwall saw its first real volleyball in the summer of 1974 when a Culdrose team took on a side made up from staff and curious locals at Carn Brea Leisure Centre. Sadly nothing regular resulted from that day, but a few seeds were planted.
Already becoming hungry for more competition, bolstered by early successes in service volleyball, Culdrose were forced to travel to Plymouth to take part in the P & D League for regular matches. There they regularly competed against a young Steve Allen and a very promising Mayflower side
A cold night in a broken down bus on Dartmoor on the way back from a match at HMP helped make them more determined to find local competition, and with the arrival in “Ultima Thule” as he called it, of our late Life President, Tom Fisher, a series of meetings with the servicemen saw our first competition proper take place at Culdrose Sports Centre in May 0f 1981.
Sides from Culdrose, Helston, RCH Treliske and Brea Village (later to become Countrymen) took part and the Cornwall Volleyball Association was formed shortly afterwards.
At its peak in the late 1980’s we saw two strong Men’s leagues of 11 and 8 teams and a Ladies league of six teams.
Many players of note have drifted in and out of our game here and after early efforts at Caerhays and Gwithian, beach volleyball came to stay, with Perranporth a fixture in the diary of many, several from other regions.
Lack of funding and volunteers have added to the geographical hurdles which have always faced us in the area of development, but there are once again the seeds being sewn of schools development and it has been a joy to watch the “second generation” Helston club bring on its many youngsters to the current strong levels.
The Culdrose players (as part of the RN Team) and Helston and Six Pak made early ventures into the National Volleyball League , as well as the Seahawks (Culdrose/Fire Brigade/Countrymen ) in the Regional League. After several years of decline during the two most recent recessions, the Kernow squad have evolved to provide competiton at the next level for the stonger local players. Several consistently good years in the Regional League have now seen them elected to the NVL.
Who knows what the future holds for volleyball here in its furthest outpost, but as we evolve towards perhaps a different method of delivery in the coming year, I urge all players past and present to support their local teams and also get along to Truro to watch the few home matches Kernow will play in the NVL.
Dave Robson September 2014.
Sitting Volleyball Referee Course
The course is scheduled to take place on 7th December at the Volleyball Centre in Kettering. Candidates will undertake the course and exam in the morning and will be allowed to take part in refereeing the Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix taking place on the same day.
A pre-requisite for doing the Sitting Volleyball Referee Course is that candidates must first have competed the Grade 4 Indoor referee course.
The course is now online and can be booked via the the Volleyball England course finder, http://www.volleyballengland.org/courses
We look forward to welcoming you to this event.
Regards, Glynn Archibald