Higher Education volleyball is one of the four key participation strands from the 2013-17 Volleyball England Strategic Plan. It represents a vast area of activity within volleyball whilst maintaining a significant opportunity for growth. Below are the three main areas that Volleyball England engage with the Higher Education sector.
Senior Academies have been established to extend the England Talent Pathway allowing talented athletes to continue to develop as Volleyball athletes whilst continuing with their education. There are 5 located within University hub's across the country.
BUCS (British Colleges and Universities Sport) are the governing body who administrate and run higher education volleyball. In 2014/15 the volleyball competiton encompassed 250 indoor teams with an even split of male and female teams.
The (Higher Education Volleyball Officer) HEVO Programme supports a key student from each University to deliver a weekly Go Spike recreational session. Since its inception in 2011 the programme has grown to 70 universities engaging 5000 students yearly.
University Club Support
Every University volleyball club is different, but there are certain ideas and development tips which can be implemented anywhere to ensure a strong and well developed club. The below sections & documents act as tools for University volleyball clubs to help advise, support and develop:
GROWTH IN PARTICIPATION
The Volleyball England HEVO Programme provides a great opportunity for your University to increase participation. The programme encompasses a HEVO conference, resources, a university grant, activator and referee training. There are excellent opportuniites for the appointed HEVO's to gain vital employability skills, so clik on the link to find out more.
The Go Spike Student Activator Award is a resource designed to empower students to deliver recreational volleyball and increase participation by peer delivery. The Award encompasses warm ups, adapted games, challenges and tournament organisation.
DEVELOPING YOUR WORKFORCE
Volleyball England provide a suite of coaching and referee courses designed to enhance the performance and functionality of your clubs as below:
Coach Development - Ranging from the Go Spike Activator Award to Level 3 coaching qualifications
Referee Development - The entry level Grade 4 Referee Course equips students or staff with the skill set to officiate in BUCS and recreational matches
BUCS - 250 teams competing indoor throughout the academic year
Indoor Student Cup - one of the biggest indoor student volleyball competitions in the UK. All affiliated universities and colleges offering credited rated courses are eligible for entry.
Beach Student Cup - the largest student beach volleyball event in the country with over 200 students taking part across the weekend
For further information on volleyball within Higher Education, please contact Rob Payne, Young People Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01509 227738.
A message from Keith Nicholls (Acting President, Volleyball England) and Janet Inman (Interim CEO, Volleyball England)......
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Please contact Rob Payne, Young People Manager, at email@example.com or on 01509 227738