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Newcastle all set for Battle of Britain match

Newcastle all set for Battle of Britain match
Few sporting occasions stir the blood quite like an England v Scotland clash. This weekend, England’s finest volleyballers will have the chance to experience the oldest of local derbies as both the men’s and women’s national teams take on their Scottish counterparts in a double-header contest. Sport Central in Newcastle, home to... read more

Funding bid submitted; now for the AGM

Funding bid submitted; now for the AGM
A message from Janet Inman, Interim Chief Executive Officer at Volleyball England Last Monday (May 15), we submitted our latest funding application to Sport England. If accepted, this will provide the resource we need to continue to develop volleyball between now and 2021. It will be mid-June before we find out... read more

New Forest grabs Logo Wars crown

New Forest grabs Logo Wars crown
Anyone who follows Volleyball England on Twitter can’t have failed to notice the Logo Wars competition which ran in the days preceding the Super 8s play-off finals weekend. Hundreds of votes were cast on every day of the six day contest to determine who had the best club logo in the country. In... read more

Docklands retain Men's Super 8 place

Docklands retain Men's Super 8 place
London Docklands will again compete in the Men’s Super 8 next season after they beat Richmond 3-1 in the promotion play-off match last weekend. Richmond, whose fine end of season form propelled them into the play-off spot, will have to do it all again in Division 1 next year. History was always against... read more

Discussions underway over future volleyball programmes

Discussions underway over future volleyball programmes
On Cup Finals weekend in early April, long after the final ball had been served on Saturday, one group of volleyballers were still burning the midnight oil at a nearby hotel, engaged in ongoing discussions about the immediate future for volleyball in this country. Since the restructure of Volleyball England (VE), the... read more

IBB Polonia London v Sheffield Hallam

IBB Polonia London v Sheffield Hallam
CHAMPAGNE MOMENT! IBB Polonia are the Men’s Super 8s champions! They’ve done it – the double double! Polonia lift the Super 8 title to go with their cup title, for the second year running. Quite some achievement. But all credit to Sheffield for pushing them as hard as they have done – many... read more

Team Northumbria vs Team Durham

Team Northumbria vs Team Durham
CHAMPAGNE MOMENT! Team Durham are the Super 8s women’s champions! After a five-year reign at the top for Team Northumbria, they lose out to the new champs – Durham. The hall turns purple, Durham are ecstatic. Northumbria meanwhile, are as dejected a group of players as you’ll ever see. Not that anyone... read more

East London Lynx claim the Sitting Grand Prix title

East London Lynx claim the Sitting Grand Prix title
The final of the Sitting Grand Prix was a hard fought affair between Sheffield and East London Lynx, with Lynx eventually sealing the title 3-1 – but not before Sheffield had given them a huge scare, which included something of a demolition job in the first set. The Londoners took the... read more

IBB Polonia cruise through play-off first leg

IBB Polonia cruise through play-off first leg
IBB Polonia London are one step closer to clinching their “double double” after a dominant display saw them take the first leg of the men’s Super 8 play-off final win a crunching 3-0 win over Sheffield Hallam. This was a repeat of last month’s National Cup Final but unlike that match, when... read more

Team Durham win Super 8 first leg thriller

Team Durham win Super 8 first leg thriller
Team Durham seized a vital advantage in the Women’s Super 8 play-off final with the narrowest of victories in a thrilling first leg tie against Team Northumbria. Having saved one match point, they seized their opportunity, running out 16-14 winners in what was a see-saw contest throughout. If Northumbria had any doubts... read more

Boswells blast their way to U-18 glory

Boswells blast their way to U-18 glory
They were given a scare right at the end, seeing five match points saved, but ultimately Boswells Blaze emerged victorious in today's Men's U-18 Grand Prix Final at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering. Boswells took to the court, hoping to emulate the Academy of Beach Sports by doubling up and adding... read more

Academy of Beach Sport claim the Women's U-18 Grand Prix

Academy of Beach Sport claim the Women's U-18 Grand Prix
The Academy of Beach Sports claimed the opening prize on day one of the Super 8s Finals Weekend as they triumphed 3-1 in the Women’s U-18 Grand Prix Final. Having claimed the National Championships crown last month, the Academy of Beach Sports were looking for a double-up against Richmond. And it was the... read more

Preparing for Invictus

Preparing for Invictus
Volleyball England guest writer, Kate Wyver, reports from the recent open trials to determine Great Britain’s Sitting Volleyball squad for the 2017 Invictus Games, to be held in Toronto in September. Prosthetic legs and wheelchairs are thrown aside as around one hundred athletes take to the court for the Invictus Games trials... read more

New Beach Tour launched for 2017

New Beach Tour launched for 2017
A new-look, much-expanded Volleyball England Beach Tour (VEBT) may well be coming to a beach near you this summer, providing the chance for hundreds more players to pick up VEBT ranking points during the beach season. Historically, the VEBT included only five of the summer’s top elite competitions but it is now... read more

The Sandwell revival - a prodigal tournament returns

The Sandwell revival - a prodigal tournament returns
The grand-daddy of all outdoor volleyball tournaments is back – and while it’s not aiming to be bigger and better than ever, it’s certainly hopeful of reclaiming some of its former glory. At its peak, the Sandwell Volleyball Tournament featured 420 teams playing over the first weekend in July. With up to... read more

Spring and summer courses now taking bookings

Spring and summer courses now taking bookings
As the indoor season draws to a close, this is typically the time when many volleyballers start to think about pursuing the qualifications they need to become a coach, referee or activator. This summer is no different in that all four of the main courses are available. Refereeing For people looking to become a... read more

Don't take chances with safeguarding

Don't take chances with safeguarding
By Rob Payne, Core Market Coordinator, Volleyball England The importance of having adequate safeguarding controls in place to protect young people playing sport has never been more apparent. The high-profile cases of child abuse within football have reminded us that safeguarding is so much more than an administrative, tick-box exercise. It is a very... read more

Top men's seeds crash out of Super 8 play-offs

Top men's seeds crash out of Super 8 play-offs
(Photo courtesy of Stephen Batey) The line-ups for this year’s Super 8 play-off finals are now confirmed after a weekend of thrilling action which saw a golden set required to decide two of the four semi-finals. In the men’s competition, one of those golden sets saw the top seeds exit the competition as... read more

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

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