HEVO Programme

In January 2010, Volleyball England launched the Higher Education Volleyball Officer (HEVO) programme as part of our commitment to developing Higher Education volleyball.
This programme offers students from all universities a voluntary position to work with the National Governing Body and their university. The roles involve leading and coordinating the development of recreational volleyball at the host institution in order to encourage new players to come into the sport and to ensure all players have a quality experience at whatever level they participate.
We are anticipating that the Commonwealth Games will initiate an increased interest in volleyball and, as per previous games (Olympics, Paralympics & Commonwealth Games), we are predicting an increase in individuals wanting to play, volunteer, coach & referee within the sport. Universities therefore have an opportunity to be part of the legacy by providing recreational opportunities to students in association with Volleyball England.

Be part of the programme

Below are the documents for the 2023-2024 HEVO roles.

The applications for the 2023-2024 programme are now closed!


HEVO Universities will receive:

  • A £300 (new universities) or £150 (returning universities) grant for your university volleyball club to develop recreational sessions and run a mass participation festival. 
  • Access and funding support for two referee qualifications OR discount on a Level 1 coaching course, worth £140. 
  • Heavily discounted access to send one or more students to the HEVO Conference. 
  • Support & mentoring from Volleyball England throughout the entirety of the academic year.
  • Snapshot reporting to help you understand and monitor your activity levels against your set targets. 

HEVOs will receive:

  • Access to a range of practical and theoretical workshops at the HEVO Conference. From the Activator course, beach and sitting volleyball workshops, Hacks and being resourceful to marketing management. 
  • HEVO branded Errea kit to promote and assist the role, worth £70. 
  • Access and funding support for two referee qualifications OR discount on a Level 1 coaching course, worth £140. 
  • Heavily discounted access to the HEVO conference, including accommodation, internal transfers, learning resources and all meals. 
  • Support & mentoring from Volleyball England throughout the HEVO Conference, entirety of the academic year and Senior HEVOs.
  • Access to the WhatsApp and Facebook groups to share best practice. 
  • Eligibility to be nominated for the Volleyball England Annual Awards. 

For further information please contact us via hevo@volleyballengland.org

Check out highlights from the 2019 HEVO


National aims

  • Over 5,000 students participating weekly through the programme
  • Upskill a network of HEVOs to become deliverers of recreational volleyball in the higher education setting
  • Develop the provision of referees within the higher education environment
  • Increase the number of students accessing high quality volleyball competitions (includes HEVOs running a mass participation festival)