SWVA Newsletter Nov 2014 Extra

Hi all,

Time for another Newsletter round up

Dave Reece

SW Juniors Girls

Sw Juniors_webSome of our U14 SW Junior Girls were in action this weekend at the Exeter Ladies Development Tournament. For some it was their first experience of tournament play, well done to all invoved.


League Round Up

sw-menIn the men’s league, it’s been a good start for Yeovil and currently the only un beaten team in the division.

ladiesIn the Ladies, Beach Academy are currently top of the group but we have to go all the way down to 6th, to Torexe Topcats to final our only unbeaten Ladies team.

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 South Wales Volleyball League

welsh league playersIt has been some time since there has been a league played within Wales, with many teams opting to play across the water in Volleyball England competitions. From 19th Oct, Wales play the first matches in the 2014-2015 local league in South Wales. Six ladies teams are competing in this event which is a trial for the men’s teams to take part next season.

Teams from Cardiff and Swansea start their campaigns this weekend in a 6 match spectacular hosted at the Sports Park, University of South Wales from 2.00pm. This event is free for supporters and the teams would appreciate some encouragement, as for many players this will be their first competitive match for their club.


New Bournside VC website

bournsidevcCould you please update the link to our VC website in Links section? The new url is:

Kind Regards
Jacek Kromski

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.

  1. Monday 30th March 10:00-11:30/12:30-2:00/3:00-4:30 (max 24)
  2. Sunday 10th May  10:00-11:30/12:30-2:00/3:00-4:30 (max 36)
  3. Monday 25th May 10:00-11:30/12:30-2:00/3:00-4:30 (max 36)

Please contact me or Denise if you wish to consider or take on this position

Jurek Jankowski (SW Coaching Secretary) jurek.jankowski@gmail.com

or Denise Austin denise@beachvolleyballinc.com

 Players Nationality


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!

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Course Dates Announced

Volleyball England Level 3
11th, 12th, 25th & 26th April 2015

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:

  • Training the setter
  • Match preparation and scouting
  • Building the side-out offence philosophy, rhythm and timing
  • Planning for the season
  • Transition play: block defence to attack

An example of a schedule from a previous course can be found below. For more information please visit the Volleyball England Level 3 course page or the news article posted earlier today 

Kettering Buccleuch Academy / National Volleyball Centre
NN16 9NS / NN15 6PB

11th April 2014 09:00 – 17:00
12th April 2014 09:00 – 17:00
25th April 2014 09:00 – 17:00
26th April 2014 09:00 – 17:00
Book your place here

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:i.poynton@volleyballengland.org 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

Exeter Ladies Round Two

Torexe Ladies webRound Two of this season Exeter Ladies Development Tournament took place at the Riverside LC this weekend. Taking the top spot this time around, was the Torexe Ladies, who got the upper hand over Taunton Juniors in the final.

All teams play a two set match league system, points are awarded and taken through to the next round.

Round Two results

  • 1st Torexe Ladies
  • 2nd Taunton Juniors
  • 3rd PMVC Vipers
  • 4th Torexe Spitfires
  • 5th UCP Marjon
  • 6th SWVA U14
  • 7th PMVC Tigers