9 reasons for clubs to affiliate to Volleyball England
1st August 2018
The 2018-19 affiliation year is now open! To coincide with the launch, we thought it was prime time to take a look at the club membership offer in greater detail, so here are nine highlights of what affiliation means for your club…
Insurance is a big one – hence why it’s usually the one mentioned first and why it’s earned top billing here. As an affiliated club, you can benefit from up to £5 million public liability insurance, with cover for players, committee members, coaches and officials. Volleyball England has a new partner, Sports Insure, providing the cover and there is a brand new portal which makes it easier for clubs to access their insurance. As part of the package, Volleyball England members also gain free access to Aon Plus which includes a host of great offers and discounts at health providers, supermarkets and high street brands! (See reason 7 - discounts for more info!)
Providing evidence of your club’s membership with Volleyball England and insurance cover can also reduce facility hire rates at some venues across the country – so it’s worth a shot the next time your club looks to make a booking!
2. Club visibility
With over 30,000 page views over the last year, the club finder is the fifth most visited page on the Volleyball England website, behind only the most popular fixture lists and league tables. With all registered clubs appearing on the finder, it is a fantastic opportunity to advertise your club’s name, location, key contact details and a link to your club’s website, allowing both new and existing volleyballers to find local opportunities to get involved with the sport. And with an average of over 82 people visiting the finder each day, as an affiliated club you could be in with the chance to see some new faces turning up to your sessions throughout the year.
3. Funding support
One of the most frequent responses for how Volleyball England could improve its service to clubs was to provide support for sourcing and applying for funding. Listening to feedback, in the last year, the HUB team at Volleyball England have produced the Funding Support Guide, which contains useful tips and asks key questions to help your club be in the best position when applying for funding.
Additionally, the HUB team at Volleyball England are on hand to provide specialist support to affiliated clubs who are applying for funding. Last season, HUB staff helped junior coach Ryan Gunner to successfully secure a Sport England small grant of £6,450 for South Hants Falcons Volleyball Club to support the provision of a new opportunity to allow children aged 11-18 to participate in volleyball in the Fareham area of Hampshire. You can find out more about Ryan’s experience of the Sport England small grants application process on our Club Funding page.
From junior level national competitions to the National Volleyball League, affiliated clubs can take part in Volleyball England organised competitions. The 2017-18 National Cup and Shield knock out competition saw non-NVL side Polonia IMKA battle all the way to the women’s Shield Final at the National Volleyball Centre in April 2018, could this be your club next year?
Making competitions at all levels of the sport a reason for affiliating, at the regional and local level, many associations only admit clubs who are members of Volleyball England to enter their leagues and events.
5. Annual awards
A prestigious and long-standing date in the calendar, the Annual Awards are a celebration of volleyball in England and few categories are as hotly contested as Club of the Year!
In previous years, winners of Club of the Year have gone on to achieve local newspaper and television coverage, providing a platform of exposure for individual clubs and the wider sport. The 2018 Club of the Year, York VC, secured local television coverage and the 2016 Club of the Year Tamworth Spartans VC made a promotional video on the back of their well-deserved accolade, which also helped the club in gaining sponsorship and more support from within the local community. Only affiliated clubs are eligible to win the prestigious award!
6. Club development
The HUB team staff are on hand to provide their expertise to support the development of affiliated clubs. From templates and guidance, which you can access in your membership area, to get things off the ground quickly, to in depth support from staff with a strong knowledge of national and local networks and partners – including regional and local associations, Country Sports Partnerships, Universities and Colleges – Volleyball England is here to help your club develop.
Club affiliation brings with it access to many fantastic discounts, including, savings on selected items on the Volleyball England shop (including scoresheet pads), competitive rates at 4* and 5* Grange Hotels in London and a preferential rate of £54 per night (including a cooked breakfast) at the Holiday Inn Express Kettering, which is conveniently located a short drive away from the National Volleyball Centre (NVC).
New for this year is the brilliant benefits scheme through your club’s insurance cover. Accessed through the insurance portal, Volleyball England members can sign up free of charge to Aon Plus and enjoy discounts at leading brands including restaurants, retail cards, health providers, and even legal and financial services.
8. Funded DBS checks
Members of clubs affiliated with Volleyball England who meet the Disclosure and Barring Service’s (DBS) eligibility criteria can apply for fully funded DBS checks through the National Governing Body. Each check costs Volleyball England £10.50, which is fully funded on behalf of affiliated clubs. As DBS checks play a vital role in safe recruitment for any club that contains under 18s (even if they are playing in a senior team), this is a valuable membership benefit - and saves your club money!
9. Supporting volleyball in England
But affiliating your club is not just about what Volleyball England can give to you – it’s also about what you can offer to volleyball in England in a wider context. When more clubs affiliate, more clubs and opportunities to play volleyball appear on the club finder on the Volleyball England website, showing that volleyball is a convenient, local and attractive option for anyone looking at getting in to or returning to the sport.
Club affiliation also gives a solid base of figures for Volleyball England when reporting to major funders or when reaching out to sponsors. When together we can show what we can offer these partners, volleyball becomes a more attractive offer to those currently external to the sport. This support in turn is then fed directly towards Volleyball England’s mission: leading the growth of, and excellence in, all disciplines of volleyball in England.
We can all do our bit as part of the volleyball family to progress this mission, with club affiliation being a vital part in providing opportunities for players, officials, coaches, volunteers and administrators week in, week out, to enjoy volleyball in England.
Looking to renew your club membership? Visit the membership section of the website