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On The Beach: the coach's tale

On The Beach: the coach's tale
For the next instalment in our On The Beach series, our attention switches to the man behind England's #1 men's beach volleyball team, coach Kirk Pitman. Check this out for a sporting pedigree. His great-great-grandfather played rugby league for New Zealand, his grandfather was a top Dutch goalkeeper and his dad was a judo... read more

Opportunity for volleyball event volunteers

Opportunity for volleyball event volunteers
  The Volleyball England (VE) events team is expanding ahead of the 2017/18 indoor season. Plenty of opportunities now exist for volunteers to help run top quality volleyball events across the country. Maintaining a strong volunteer workforce to work alongside VE’s competitions staff is crucial to the successful delivery of a packed and... read more

Georgia on my mind

Georgia on my mind
  As great coaching stories go, Richard Osborne's takes some beating. Invited along to the sitting volleyball pre-competition training venue to provide coaching support to any teams that required it ahead of the 2014 Invictus Games in London, Richard found himself working with the Georgian team. The squad comprised seven Georgian servicemen,... read more

On the Beach: the future, plus 5 to follow

On the Beach: the future, plus 5 to follow
  For part 4 of our On The Beach series, we're back with England's #1 men's team, Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf, as they give their views on the state of beach volleyball and its future prospects. All the indications are that beach volleyball in the UK is in good health.... read more

Sitting volleyball - busting those myths

Sitting volleyball - busting those myths
Despite the fact that it is reckoned to be thriving in over 75 countries – and is a low-cost sport to start playing - sitting volleyball remains a minority sport in many people’s eyes. A critical factor in this may be the many common misconceptions of the sport which still prevail. To... read more

10 things you didn’t know about the School Games

10 things you didn’t know about the School Games
With the 2017 School Games National Finals due to take place later this month (Aug 31 – Sept 3), here’s everything you need to know about this prestigious event. -          The School Games is a multi-sport competition, featuring 12 different sports, including athletics, hockey, cricket, judo, fencing and wheelchair tennis. -          Volleyball has... read more

VE launches appeal for expert support

VE launches appeal for expert support
If you've ever wanted to get involved with helping to shape the future of volleyball, here's your chance. As part of its new approach to developing all three forms of volleyball in this country, Volleyball England (VE) is establishing a Pool of Experts, drawing on the incredible volleyball experience and... read more

VEBT Championships draw ever closer

VEBT Championships draw ever closer
With the revamped Volleyball England Beach Tour (VEBT) in full flow, leading players will now be looking to secure their places at the new-look Championships finale taking place in Poole across the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August. The flagship event of the weekend will be the 5* Championships... read more

Adam Walker appointed to VE Board

Adam Walker appointed to VE Board
Adam Walker has been appointed as Volleyball England's first independent chair as part of the governance reforms that were ratified at Saturday's Annual General Meeting (AGM). Adam is a founder and managing partner of the Oaks consultancy, which specialises in business development strategy and has an impressive track record of working with... read more

Commonwealth Youth champs return home

Commonwealth Youth champs return home
  After a golden week in the Bahamas, England's new Commonwealth Youth Games beach volleyball champions, Javier and Joaquin Bello, are back at home - and already preparing for their next competition. “We landed back in England on Tuesday morning but then trained on Wednesday and had a gym session this... read more

Appeal launched to find more sitting volleyballers

Appeal launched to find more sitting volleyballers
  “Bums on floors; that’s what we need more of!” exclaims Vicky Widdup, vice-captain of the GB women’s sitting volleyball team. Vicky is hell-bent on a mission to recruit more sitting volleyballers. And while you get the sense that the more traditionally sought after ‘bums on seats’ would be nice too –... read more

On The Beach: time to meet the guys

On The Beach: time to meet the guys
For the next instalment in our On The Beach series, our attention switches to England's #1 men's team, Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf. With the team firmly focused on next year's Commonwealth Games, we took the time to find out how their preparations are going. A University café on a wet and windy afternoon... read more

Obituary: Artur Sepp (1922-2017)

Obituary: Artur Sepp (1922-2017)
  A leading figure in the development of volleyball in England has passed away at the age of 95. Born in Saaremaa in Estonia in 1922, Artur (Arthur) Sepp first came to England in 1947. A founding member of the London Estonian Sports Club, Artur was also instrumental in establishing... read more

Rain rarely stops play

Rain rarely stops play
Almost 120 teams braved decidedly inclement conditions at the weekend for the 43rd edition of the annual Whitefield Volleyball Tournament.  Ultimately, the worst of the weather conditions were confined to Friday night (pity the teams who had to pitch their tents in heavy, driving rain), Sunday morning and late afternoon. A... read more

Sports Minister praises governance reforms

Sports Minister praises governance reforms
  Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has praised the way National Governing Bodies (NGBs) have responded in working to become compliant with the new Code for Sports Governance by the end of October. Crouch announced her plan for the new Code in the government’s sport strategy ‘Sporting Future’ in December 2015 in a move... read more

Love on the beach at Bridlington

Love on the beach at Bridlington
Bridlington South Beach played host to more than 500 volleyball players participating in the 35th Bridlington Open Volleyball Championship earlier this month. The ever-popular event attracted nearly 100 teams from all around the world. Among the participants were Paul and Caroline Whitworth, who have been competing at Bridlington for so long (20... read more

Volleyball up next after Cycling secures funding

Volleyball up next after Cycling secures funding
With British Cycling having secured membership support for its governance reforms over the weekend, Volleyball England becomes the next sport under the spotlight regarding the government’s drive to make National Governing Bodies more independent and diverse. After Table Tennis England lost out on £9 million of Sport England funding after falling... read more

Golden Boys!!

Golden Boys!!
Twin brothers Javier and Joaquin Bello claimed gold at the inaugural beach volleyball competition at the Commonwealth Youth Games this weekend with a comprehensive 2-0 win over Cyprus in the Bahamas. The Richmond duo didn't lose a single set in their five matches in the tournament and clinched the gold with a... read more

More governance debate as NGB loses central funding

More governance debate as NGB loses central funding
With Volleyball England’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) fast approaching, the fierce debate about the governance of English sport shows no sign of abating. Table Tennis England last week became the first National Governing Body (NGB) to have their Sport England funding withheld for failing to implement governance reforms. There are now serious concerns... read more

Beach pairs progress at the Commonwealth Youth Games

Beach pairs progress at the Commonwealth Youth Games
Today (Thursday) sees the start of the knockout action at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas, with both of England’s beach pairs in action. The girls’ pair of Ellie Austin and Yasmin Kaashoek recovered from an opening 2-0 defeat to Australia to progress from their qualifying group, courtesy of a thumping... read more

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