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The Friday Preview

The Friday Preview
After the serenity of the Easter break, competitive action resumes across the country this week with several promotion and relegation issues across the 18 divisions still waiting to be settled. This weekend also sees the Super 8s play-offs reach the semi-final stages with IBB Polonia London’s hopes of completing a double-double very... read more

Logo Wars – is your club up for the challenge?

Logo Wars – is your club up for the challenge?
Are you proud of your club’s logo? Do you think it’s the best around – or does it need a refresh? We’ve seen a few decent club logos in our time (and a few shockers) so we thought we should establish once and for all which ones are the best. Along the... read more

The Thursday Review

The Thursday Review
With no fixtures scheduled over the Easter weekend, the Friday Preview takes a break for a week. In its place comes a special Thursday Review as we take a quick spin through the divisions to see who’s been promoted and relegated, who’s in the play-offs and who still has it all... read more

Women in Volleyball - the Italian job

Women in Volleyball - the Italian job
Until now, our Women in Volleyball stories (inspired by Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign) have been about women who have already done a huge amount within volleyball. We’ve spoken to coaches, referees and club administrators, all doing their bit to keep building the sport they love. Today, we switch tack... read more

The Annual Award winners - in full

The Annual Award winners - in full
At the National Cup Finals on Saturday April 1st, the finalists in all four Cup and Shield Finals were presented with their trophies by some very special people; the winners of the Volleyball England Annual Awards. Of the nine award winners, seven were able to join us on the day. What... read more

Women in Volleyball - Rose Sterling

Women in Volleyball - Rose Sterling
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

Volunteer photographer appeal launched

Volunteer photographer appeal launched
Back in January, we launched a writer appeal here at Volleyball England, looking for volunteer writers to assist with our various content outputs. Three months on, our thoughts have now turned to photographers. So, if you're a budding photographer looking to hone his or her skills (in what can be... 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

Janet Inman receives British Empire Medal

Janet Inman receives British Empire Medal
Volleyball England Interim CEO Janet Inman has been presented with the British Empire Medal for services to volleyball and the Lincolnshire sporting community. First announced in the New Year's Honours List, the award was presented last week at Lincoln Castle by the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire. Janet started volunteering from a young... read more

Men's Cup Final: Polonia v Sheffield

Men's Cup Final: Polonia v Sheffield
Thanks for being with us today - we hope you enjoyed it; it's been a blast. That's the end of the action from the NVC for today, and the senior cup finals. Tomorrow, there'll be the U16 and U16 finals, so tune into the live feed to watch the action as... read more

Women's Cup Final: Orcas v Northumbria

Women's Cup Final: Orcas v Northumbria
TEAM NORTHUMBRIA WIN THE LADIES' CUP IN FIVE SETS London Orcas 11-15 Team Northumbria Orcas have been phenomenal today, saving four match points at the death there - but when push came to shove, TN just found that something extra. The mark of great champs - to find a way to win when... read more

Women's Shield Final: Ashcombe v Birmingham

Women's Shield Final: Ashcombe v Birmingham
14:19 MVP in the Shield final goes to Birmingham's number 12, Karolina Dorobisz. Next - Referee of the Year is Ludwik Kowalewski. Ludwik has just line judged our final, so a busy couple of hours for him! Congratulations Ludo! 14.13: Time for some more awards now! First up, it's Volunteer of the Year. That award... read more

Men's Shield Final Black Country v London Aces

Men's Shield Final Black Country v London Aces
MEN'S SHIELD RESULT BLACK COUNTRY WIN THE MEN'S SHIELD BY 3 SETS TO 1. Black Country 25-17 London Aces And there it is - a hit out the back of the court brings up the victory for Black Country. Black Country 23-16 London Aces The youngster Jack Brookes makes an appearance for Black Country, in for... read more

The Friday Preview

The Friday Preview
With the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering preparing to play host to the 2017 Cup Finals weekend, it’s time to have a closer look at this year’s knockout contenders in the senior finals scheduled for Saturday (April 1). Men’s Shield: Black Country 1 v London Aces The first ball of the weekend will... read more

Getting to know you better; in search of the core market

Getting to know you better; in search of the core market
by Sam Jamieson, Core Market Officer Over the past few months, as Volleyball England (VE) has restructured itself, much has been talked about the “core market”. But who makes up this core market that Sport England is keen for VE to engage with and support? For me, the simple answer is that the... read more

Search for new Board Directors begins

Search for new Board Directors begins
A message from Janet Inman, Interim Chief Executive, Volleyball England Following the reorganisation of Volleyball England (VE) which has taken place over the past few months, we now enter the next phase. Today, we begin a recruitment programme to find new Directors for the Volleyball England Board who will help take us forward into our next four year cycle. Are you someone with the skills to... read more

Beach volleyball development funding now available

Beach volleyball development funding now available
Applications are being sought from volleyball clubs and other organisations who can deliver community beach volleyball programmes this summer. For the third consecutive year, a five-figure sum is set to be distributed across up to 12 different programmes, courtesy of development funding from the FIVB and CEV. All interested parties have until... read more

Super 8 play-off picture takes shape

Super 8 play-off picture takes shape
After the final round of Super 8 matches last weekend, the play-off picture for both the men's and women's competition is now complete. The quarter-final fixtures will take place on the weekend of April 8 and 9, followed by the semi-finals on April 22 and 23. The play-off finals will be... read more

“The Needle” checks in to Polonia

“The Needle” checks in to Polonia
IBB Polonia London have strengthened their squad ahead of next month’s Super 8 play-offs with a sensational swoop for three-time Olympian, Krzysztof Ignaczak. The 38 year old, nicknamed Igla (“the needle”), was part of the Poland team which won the most recent World Championship in 2014. He also won gold in 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

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