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Whitefield Tournament entries to open in April

Whitefield Tournament entries to open in April
“Every year, people leave the Whitefield Tournament happy, if not exhausted and a bit sunburned, after a packed weekend of volleyball!” enthused Kate Falkner, Tournament Secretary. Few names in English volleyball conjure up the same emotions as Whitefield. The longstanding event is the largest outdoor volleyball tournament in the UK, attracting around... read more

Mission accomplished: UEA Women and the Student Cup

Mission accomplished: UEA Women and the Student Cup
Tears of joy ran down the face of team captain Ioanna Patsourakou as the University of East Anglia (UEA) Women’s Team secured the championship point in the 2020 Student Cup final. Defeat was looking probable as their opponents, the University of Leeds, had established a 14-12 lead in the deciding set. But... read more

National Cup and Shield finalists confirmed

National Cup and Shield finalists confirmed
The Cup and Shield semi-finals results are in, meaning we now know who has made it to the final stages of both competitions. Men’s Cup IBB Polonia London beat Malory Eagles in straight sets (25-14; 25-17; 25;23) to secure their place in the final. Vangelis Koutouleas, Head Coach of IBB Polonia London, said: “I... read more

Volleyball England Foundation launches new website

Volleyball England Foundation launches new website
The Volleyball England Foundation has launched a new website to support the charity’s aim to support anyone to play volleyball, from any background and community, no matter what age, shape or ability. As part of a 12 month period of renewal for the Foundation, Chair Simone Turner has been working to develop... read more

England squads announced for Cornacchia Cup

England squads announced for Cornacchia Cup
England Men and Women’s U19 squads for the Cornacchia World Cup have been revealed. Held in Pordenone, Italy, between Friday, 10th and Monday 13th April, the international youth tournament is one of Europe’s biggest and attracts teams from all over the world. The full list of competitors for 2020 is yet to... read more

Volleyball variant ‘teqvoly’ makes British debut

Volleyball variant ‘teqvoly’ makes British debut
Douglas Barr-Hamilton was in the crowd as London hosted the Teqvoly Challenger Cup. William G. Morgan would be baffled. Today's volleyball bears little resemblance to the game he invented at Holyoke YMCA in 1895 and called ‘mintonette’. After changing its name, we introduced switching and penetrating and liberos; we created beach and... read more

Enhance your expertise at the Coaches Clinic

Enhance your expertise at the Coaches Clinic
Volleyball England is organising a special 2-day programme for junior development coaches this Easter. Coaching tasks, athlete observations and Q&A sessions will be a part of the game-based 'Coaches Clinic', which runs alongside the Volleyball Futures camp on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th April at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering. On the Saturday,... read more

7 top tips for developing as a referee

7 top tips for developing as a referee
Learning never stops as a referee. Whether it is your 1st or 1000th time on court, there are always ways your officiating game can be raised, be it through small tweaks or big discoveries. To help with some top tips on how you can develop, we caught up with the referees... read more

Registration opens for Volleyball Futures’ Easter youth camp

Registration opens for Volleyball Futures’ Easter youth camp
Promising young athletes can now register to join Volleyball Futures’ Easter camp. Held at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering, the 2-day programme is open to players who have a British passport and were born in either 2006, 2007 or 2008. The girls' event takes place on the 10th and 11th of April... read more

Volleyball England statement on Storm Dennis

Volleyball England statement on Storm Dennis
We’ve received a number of queries regarding travel advice this weekend with Storm Dennis set to cause severe weather in parts of the country. Our advice, as set out in the regulations, is that teams should make every effort to play their fixtures whilst taking responsibility for their own safety. If a team... read more

Would you like to attend the CEV Coaches Convention?

Would you like to attend the CEV Coaches Convention?
Volleyball England is looking for 2 coaches of junior players to represent England at the CEV Coaches Convention. More than 100 coaches and PE teachers from European federations take part in the event, which is held in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, between 12th and 14th June. Similar to last year, when it was organised... read more

AGM, Club Conference and Annual Awards date announced

AGM, Club Conference and Annual Awards date announced
One of the most important dates in the volleyball calendar has been revealed for 2020. Following the success of last year, on Saturday 25th July, Volleyball England’s annual general meeting (AGM), Club Conference and Annual Awards ceremony will take place on the same day. Players, club officials and volunteers from all over the... read more

Can you help with the history of sitting volleyball?

Can you help with the history of sitting volleyball?
A message from sitting volleyball aficionado Ken Edwards, who is looking for your help in tracing the sport’s roots in England. Volleyball for those with a disability – did you help to create history? We know volleyball has been played since 1895 and has expanded to be the worldwide sport it is today.... read more

Student Cup 2020: Winners and final standings

Student Cup 2020: Winners and final standings
University and college rivals battled for supremacy in the 2020 Student Cup Finals at the weekend.  In the Men's competition, Coventry University took home the trophy after overcoming the University of York (25-15; 25-20) in the final.  Meanwhile, the University of East Anglia, who had the home advantage, beat the University of Leeds... read more

The Canterbury Tales: volleyball as a social enterprise

The Canterbury Tales: volleyball as a social enterprise
Volleyball is a sport for good. It can be used as a catalyst for building community cohesion, encouraging active lifestyles and it provides an attractive blend of competition and fun. And Canterbury based Invicta Volleyball are taking this to the next level having set up their club as a social enterprise. To... read more

1DayMore4Volleyball challenge set for 29th February

1DayMore4Volleyball challenge set for 29th February
Volleyball clubs across England are being called on to join fellow fans in Europe for one giant celebration of the sport. The CEV, the European governing body for volleyball, is once more attempting to capitalise on the leap year by asking the community to organise mass participation events in their area for... read more

East Mids juniors take on Buenos Aires schoolchildren

East Mids juniors take on Buenos Aires schoolchildren
International volleyball matches were played between the youth sides of 5 East Midlands clubs and pupils from Belgrano Day School, Argentina, during its tour of Europe. Juniors from Ashfield Vipers, Belper Hammers, Darkstar Derbyshire, Loughborough Academy, and Nottingham Rockets – as well as players from Tresham College, Kettering – fed into the... read more

Help 4 Heroes A strengthen lead after Grand Prix 4

Help 4 Heroes A strengthen lead after Grand Prix 4
Sitting volleyball players travelled from all over the country for the 4th Grand Prix of the season on Saturday, 18th January. Ten teams, split across 2 tiers, took to the court at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering, in the hunt for points at this crucial stage of the season. Tier 1 Help for Heroes... read more

Why this casual league copies chess’ unique rating system

Why this casual league copies chess’ unique rating system
After the latest round of action in London’s Open League, team High Definition knocked league leaders O Famo Strano off the top spot. Their current points tally of 2,188 is a season-high, so far, but there is no guaranteeing it will be beaten. Inspired by the Elo player rating system used in... read more

Have you got an interesting story? We want to hear from you!

Have you got an interesting story? We want to hear from you!
It’s not just the new year we’ve welcomed in here at the Volleyball England Hub, at the start of January Stewart Thorpe joined as our new Content and Communications Coordinator and he’s been busy getting to know the sport. Stewart replaces Michael Hallam, who left us at the end of 2019, and... read more

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