Campaign launched to support England’s national teams
2nd February 2018
Representing your country is sport’s ultimate honour. For the country’s best volleyball players, as well as having the talent to reach the top, there is another obstacle that they need to overcome before pulling on the England shirt. They must cover the costs of competing for England too.
As has been well publicised, along with many other sports, volleyball has had its funding cut. This means there is very little money to fund England’s national volleyball teams. Fortunately, this just makes many of England’s top players more determined to reach the international stage.
England’s number one men’s and women’s beach volleyball pairs will make history this April as the first teams to represent their country in the sport at a Commonwealth Games. While Jake Sheaf and Chris Gregory have been grateful to receive some Sport England funding, they generate income and find sponsors to support their career aspirations too. The women’s pair of Jess Grimson and Vicky Palmer have not received any funding and worked full-time jobs while chasing their Commonwealth dream. They recently took a financial leap and quit their jobs to focus on training so they can give their best possible performance at the major Games.
Many of the volleyball community will have recently read about the England Men’s indoor volleyball team’s exploits at the Novotel Cup. The players covered their costs of going to the tournament and even paid for their own training sessions in the build up to the competition. It’s the same for England’s Women’s indoor volleyball team which must fund itself.
The Great Britain Sitting Volleyball squad, which is managed by Volleyball England, has to raise money to train and compete. Many of the inspiring athletes who show that disability doesn’t have to be a barrier to sporting success, do not get the opportunity to play and train as much as they need. A lack of funds holds them back from representing their country.
It's not just the current players who are affected either. The next generation of volleyball stars face a similar struggle to balance earning money to live and funding their careers. Javier and Joaquin Bello are grabbing headlines as the rising stars of English volleyball. They took gold in beach volleyball in the inaugural Youth Commonwealth Games last year but will need to finance their international careers, beginning with the Youth World Championships this summer.
The Volleyball England Foundation – the charitable trust set up by Volleyball England – wants to help. The Foundation was set-up with the aim of helping ensure the opportunity to play volleyball is available for all and not limited by income. It has launched a JustGiving campaign to raise money to support England’s indoor volleyball, beach volleyball and sitting volleyball teams.
It is looking for donations to help give the current players more opportunities and hopes that seeing England’s teams in action can inspire the next generation of volleyball players too.
To donate, visit the England’s National Volleyball Teams JustGiving page. Every single penny is appreciated, you’ll be helping volleyball to prosper in England.
For businesses, or even individuals, the campaign is the perfect way to promote your business. There are three excellent value packages on offer in return for certain levels of donations:
Bronze £100: the business gets to post a 50-word message on the ‘Wall of Support’ on the Volleyball England website, which includes the name of their business.
Silver £250: a 50-word message on the Wall of Support including the business name, plus a Facebook or Twitter post thanking your company for your support.
Gold £500: a 50-word message on the Wall of Support from your business, a Facebook or Twitter post thanking your company for its support, plus a ‘We’re supporting England Volleyball’ 2018 logo which can be used on your website.
It’s a great value way of promoting your business and showing you’re backing a dynamic and vibrant sport. To find out more and take out a package, see the Back the England Teams section on the Wall of Support page.