Could a course further your volleyball career?
13th November 2018
For many of the volleyball community, the sport is a passion that lasts a lifetime. As well as playing, there are so many ways to enjoy the sport including coaching, refereeing and volunteering at events or your club.
Taking a course can set you on the journey to getting a buzz from volleyball in a completely different way. Volleyball England is currently building the course calendar for 2019 and will be offering awards in refereeing, coaching, workshops for teachers, facilitating volleyball and sitting volleyball.
The Volleyball England HUB recently sent out a survey to club secretaries asking about the appetite for courses within their club for 2019.
Volleyball England wants to provide as many courses as the volleyball community needs.
“We want as many people as possible to be able to access the volleyball course they’re looking for in the new year,” says Rob Payne. “However, as courses need a minimum number of people to cover the costs of running them, it is not possible to just book venues all over the country and advertise the courses.
“The HUB needs to gauge interest in courses and offer them when and where there is the demand. So we would encourage clubs to complete the survey to let us know any of their members who would like to attend a course. For individuals who want to attend a course, we recommend letting your club know so they can complete the survey.”
The courses you can do
There are a range of courses which are great value and provide recognised qualifications which will enhance your volleyball CV:
Volleyball England Level 1 Introduction to Coaching: the entry-level coaching award is perfect for those who are new to coaching volleyball. It readies participants to be an assistant coach and covers the essentials from how to deliver and review coaching sessions to understanding the tactical and technical requirements for volleyball.
1st4Sport Level 2 Certificate: the qualification equips the learner with the knowledge and skills to be an independent volleyball coach who works in a club environment. You will gain vital skills in delivering effective and progressive training sessions, analysing game play and applying tactical concepts.
Beach Volleyball Clinic: A two-day course aimed at anyone who wants to start coaching beach volleyball. Covers ideas and technical information for working with beginners to more experienced players.
Go Spike Activator Award: the award aims to help increase the number of people playing recreational volleyball. The 3-hour course aims to develop people as Activators who can engage players of all abilities with fun sessions and games.Attendees may have a coaching background, but it is not a requirement for the course.
Strength and conditioning for volleyball: an introductory workshop to strength and condition at levels of volleyball with Volleyball England’s strength and conditioning lead Gary Hutt.
Grade 4 Referee course – a one-day course which is the first step into refereeing. With this qualification you will be able to referee at regional and local league level.
It also sets referees on their way to gaining the higher-grade qualifications which are gained through being observed as a referee and allow you to referee at a national level, with the next step after that being becoming an international referee!
Workshops for Teachers
Volleyball England offers three levels of 4-hour workshop specifically for teachers, so they can put volleyball on in their schools:
Volley Sport: introduces teachers to the game, developing their understanding of the rules, equipment and how to run sessions.
Mini Volley: this progresses to understanding the 3 v 3 version of the game.
Super Mini Volley: this teaches the 4 v 4 version of the game, which is the recognised format for youth competitions.
Courses for young people
Young Leaders Award: aimed at 14-19 year olds,the six-hour course helps attendees develop their leadership skills through equipping them with basic skills for coaching, refereeing, and organising community volleyball activity.
Young Referee Award: aimed at 14-19 year olds, the 4-6 hour award helps build leadership skills through developing young people’s ability to conduct a volleyball match effectively.
Young Event Volunteer: aimed at 14-19 year olds, the 6-hour award develops young people’s skills in volunteering at a national or international volleyball event or taking the lead in organising an event in their school or club.
Sitting Volleyball Workshop: a four-hour workshop for those looking to facilitate sitting volleyball. It covers the knowledge, equipment and resources you need to deliver fun and inclusive sessions.
The current list of courses can be viewed on the course finder, with the 2019 courses visible by clicking the '2019' tab at the top of the page.