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The Coaching Corner

The Coaching Corner
Bertrand Olie is the Academies’ Technical Lead at Volleyball England. As well as being head coach at the Loughborough Academy, he helps coordinate the Academy network, supports the Talent Manager and works on the Futures programme. It goes without saying that he also knows a lot of drills – so we asked... read more

The Friday Preview

The Friday Preview
With several of the Super 8 sides playing against the England Juniors in the Challenge Series, there are just five Super 8 league fixtures to be played this weekend. The sole men’s fixture – an all-London affair on Saturday with London Lynx travelling to play Malory Eagles – stands out as the... read more

New BUCS competition hits Sandbanks Beach this June

New BUCS competition hits Sandbanks Beach this June
Entries are currently being taken for the inaugural BUCS Beach Volleyball Championships to be held on Sandbanks Beach in Poole on the weekend of June 3-4. Delivered by Volleyball England in association with Sport BU (Bournemouth University), this new event on the BUCS calendar replaces the old Beach Student Cup. With BUCS... read more

U-16 National Championships finalists confirmed

U-16 National Championships finalists confirmed
Beach Academy and Boswells A will contest this year’s U-16 girl’s National Championships Final while New Forest and EBC Greenhouse will fight it out in  the U-16 boys’ final. These finalists were confirmed after an excellent day of high quality junior volleyball at the National Volleyball Centre (NVC) last weekend. The finals... read more

Applications now being taken for new NVL teams

Applications now being taken for new NVL teams
Teams looking to enter the National Volleyball League (NVL) for the 2017/18 season are now invited to submit their applications. With 146 current teams (men’s and women’s), representing 85 clubs and spread across 16 divisions, the NVL represents the pinnacle of competitive volleyballing action in England and Wales. Just ten years ago, the... read more

The Coaching Corner

The Coaching Corner
Bertrand Olie is the Academies’ Technical Lead at Volleyball England. As well as being head coach at the Loughborough Academy, he helps coordinate the Academy network, supports the Talent Manager and works on the Futures programme. It goes without saying that he also knows a lot of drills – so we asked... read more

Women's U18 Grand Prix finalists confirmed

Women's U18 Grand Prix finalists confirmed
Richmond and the Academy of Beach Sport will contest this year’s U-18 women’s Grand Prix Final after emerging victorious from the qualification competition that concluded at the National Volleyball Centre (NVC) last weekend. The final will be played on Saturday May 6th, alongside the Super 8s finals, at the NVC in Kettering.... read more

Staff restructure begins to take shape

Staff restructure begins to take shape
Volleyball England (VE) today began to reveal its new organisational structure, announcing the appointment of staff to several critical roles. Sam Jamieson, previously the Volleyball Relationship Manager in the North-East, takes the newly-formed post of Core Market Officer (CMO), responsible for the strategy of engaging with the sport’s core market of existing... read more

A journey into the unknown

A journey into the unknown
By Douglas Barr-Hamilton In the end, it lasted for four matches, spanned four different countries and brought a taste of European club volleyball to England for the first time in five decades. Defeat at the hands of the Dutch side Draisma Dynamo Appeldoorn may have knocked IBB Polonia out of the CEV... read more

Entries being taken for the Sitting Volleyball Cup

Entries being taken for the Sitting Volleyball Cup
Teams and individuals can now stake their claim for a place in the 2017 Sitting Volleyball Cup to be held on April 23. East London Lynx are the reigning Cup champions, having beaten Lincoln Imps 3-0 in last year’s inaugural event, which featured ten teams from across the country.   Help4Heroes Phoenix A... read more

Volleyball team uniforms; it's a numbers game

Volleyball team uniforms; it's a numbers game
In an ideal world, every time a team takes to the court for a volleyball match in an organised league in this country, they should be wearing team uniforms which adhere to the current rules and regulations. Yet we all know that this isn’t always the case. Non-matching uniforms, taped numbers or... read more

Making Giant strides in south London

Making Giant strides in south London
With the launch of the 2017 version of Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign, the spotlight is once again being shone on how to get more women exercising regularly. This means highlighting the benefits of being active and creating the environment within which this can happen. However, it also means identifying... read more

Introducing the Hub

Introducing the Hub
A message from Stewart Dunne, Chief Operating Officer Following the recent announcement of our Sport England funding award, we at Volleyball England (VE) now have the ideal opportunity to reimagine how we should serve and support volleyball in this country. For me, a crucial part of this is for VE to act as... read more

Annual Awards nominations now open

Annual Awards nominations now open
New Annual Awards format announced as nominations open Nominations are now being invited for this year’s Annual Awards across nine different categories. In a departure from the format of previous years, winners will receive their awards on National Cup Finals day on Saturday April 1. The awards include Coach, Referee and Volunteer of... read more

English beach pair given significant funding boost

English beach pair given significant funding boost
English beach pair given significant funding boost England’s chances of securing a beach volleyball medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games have been given a huge boost with Sport England agreeing to fund the leading men’s beach pair to the tune of £40,000. Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf’s current world ranking should see England... read more

Angela Cowell passes away, aged 53

Angela Cowell passes away, aged 53
ANGELA COWELL: 9th December 1963 – 16th February 2017 It is devastating to have to share with the volleyball community the passing of our kind, caring, thoughtful and selfless friend Angela Cowell, at the age of 53. Ange was a Portsmouth, Brixton Knights and England international player, who also became team manager of... read more

National Cup Final Tickets go on Sale

National Cup Final Tickets go on Sale
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s National Cup Finals weekend – with the prospect of two non-NVL sides making it to the showpiece event. At a time when the footballing exploits of Sutton and Lincoln have caught the public’s attention in this year’s FA Cup, Willesden and Cambridge University stand... read more

Student volleyball programme continues to grow

Student volleyball programme continues to grow
Volleyball continues to thrive in the English higher education system, claims a new survey out today. With many student volleyballers indicating a desire to remain involved in the sport after graduation, clubs are being urged to take advantage of the recruitment opportunities this presents. There are currently 85 Higher Education Volunteer Officers... read more

Sitting Grand Prix Semi Finalists Confirmed

Sitting Grand Prix Semi Finalists Confirmed
The Sitting Grand Prix Series drew to a close for the 2016-17 Season as the Semi Finalist were confirmed.The Sitting Semi Finals will take place at the National Volleyball Centre, on Sunday 26th March 2017, the Semi Finals are as follows;Semi Final 1: East London Lynx vs... read more

Update on Investment Zones

Update on Investment Zones
In 2013, the Volleyball England delivery strategy created five Investment Zones across the country, where localised resource would stimulate the growth and development of our sport. The strategy was funded through our Sport England grant and helped us deliver our satellite club programme as well as Go Spike. It also provided... read more

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