A new mission for Volleyball England

15th February 2019

A new mission for Volleyball England

While the recent announcement that Sport England is backing volleyball with funding for the next two years is great news, the reality is that the outlook for all sports in this country is changing. 

In a Christmas message, Volleyball England Chief Executive Officer Janet Inman reflected that to move forward the sport needs to do things differently. 

In her latest piece, she sets out the proposed new mission and vision statements for the organisation - and asks for your feedback on them - and looks at the aim to connect better with the volleyball community…

The changing face of Sport

In January, Sport England announced their support for Volleyball England by confirming our grant for the next two years (2019-21). We are pleased to have been offered the amount we applied for: £1,050,000. 

However, funding is still being reduced year on year as Sport England changes its focus from ‘sport for sports sake’ to increased participation of the less active, with a particular focus on women, young people, and those with a disability or life-limiting conditions. Essentially, these are people, that statistically, form a large part of the inactive market, which is the current focus for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the National Health Service and Sport England. 

Those of us who take part in sport regularly are no longer seen as a priority. As the role of National Governing Bodies (NGB) is to support our regular participants, the funding given to NGBs by Sport England is being reduced. This money is vital to providing all the Volleyball England member services, from coaching and referees courses and competitions, to club support with governance, safeguarding, funding and management. 

In the next funding cycle, 2021 -25, all NGBs will be facing the same challenge of reduced support. The question is: will NGBs survive if they don’t evolve?

It reminds me of a quote from Charles Darwin: ‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives; nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.’

So change we must, and in November the Board started to work on the next iteration of Volleyball England. Deciding what needs to be done in the short term to secure the long-term future of the sport that we are all passionate about.

The starting point for the Board was to review the Vision and Mission statements to see if they were still relevant and review volleyball's values. It was decided that the vision for the organisation will need to change to meet the challenges of a changing sporting world. Following discussion with the Board, Delivery Leads and Regional Chairs a new VISION statement was agreed that Volleyball England needs:

“To be a sustainable self-sufficient organisation, more relevant and better connected to the volleyball community.’’

While Volleyball England’s MISSION will be:

‘’Championing the sustainable development of volleyball’’

Everything we do will reflect our values. To ensure Volleyball England is open, inclusive and respectful in all we do and to make sure as an organisation we are connected and innovative.

We would like to give all our members an opportunity to comment about Volleyball England's direction of travel and the changes to the Vision, Mission and Values.

If you would like to provide feedback, please email communications@volleyballengland.org

Janet Inman, CEO of Volleyball England

A new mission for Volleyball England