Volleyball not part of new-look School Games
10th November 2017
Volleyball England and its fellow home nations volleyball federations will look to develop new competitive opportunities for the best young talent as it has been announced that volleyball will not be part of a refreshed schedule for the 2018 School Games.
The four National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of Volleyball England, the Scottish Volleyball Federation, Volleyball Wales and Northern Ireland Volleyball, took the decision to no longer be part of the School Games as they seek to balance crowded schedules, limited resources and finding creative new ways of developing players in their talent pathways.
Talent Director on the Volleyball England board, Jefferson Williams, says that it is a big opportunity for the federations to look at how best to serve its rising talents and the wider volleyball community.
“We can look to create new competitions so the players in our talent pathway improve as much as they can. The demands on the players in our evolving talent pathway are high, so we need to ensure that we maximise our resources and time to help those players reach their potential.
“We want to work with the home nation federations, as well as our friends in Europe, to discuss the opportunities.”
The volunteers who were invaluable in delivering volleyball at the School Games, have not been forgotten either. The Volleyball England Board’s Competitions and Events Director, Freda Bussey, says that volleyball’s volunteers are needed more than ever.
“Without our fantastic volunteers, it would not be possible to deliver all the competitions in the packed volleyball schedule,” says Freda. “I’m sure there would be a hugely positive reaction from our volunteer workforce to the introduction of any new events. Volleyball England (VE) is a volunteer-led organisation so our volunteers are always a key part of the planning of any VE activities.”
While volleyball will no longer be part of the new-look School Games, the event will include some sports which will be debuting in 2018.