England will not host NEVZA this year
12th March 2019
The North European Volleyball Zonal Association (NEVZA) Championships, which take place in October, will not be hosted in England this year.
The National Volleyball Centre at Kettering has played host to fellow NEVZA nations for the past six years, having hosted the Under 19 competition for the past three years, as well as the Under 17 events for the three seasons prior.
This year though, instead of hosting, the junior and cadet England squads will enjoy competitive volleyball, with them getting the opportunity to experience playing abroad.
“England is not in a position to host a NEVZA event this year,” says Volleyball England CEO Janet Inman. “The event runs at a financial loss and requires a large investment of time from staff and volunteers to put on the event which the Volleyball England board decided makes it unviable for this year.
“Volleyball England is firmly committed to providing competitive opportunities for the athletes in our talent pathway. If another nation hosts the tournament, England will be competing and part of another brilliant NEVZA competition, as well other tournaments too.
“It is always a pleasure to host our friends from the other NEVZA nations, as it has been for the past six years, and we hope to see England as a visiting team this year.”
Eager for the athletes in the England Talent Pathway to gain competitive match experience the England junior squads will be competing in the Cornacchia World Cup this Easter and if an alternative host for NEVZA is not found, other competitive opportunities will be looked to be developed.
New targets and opportunities
Over the last six years, Volleyball England has committed to making the NEVZA championships a real showpiece, with two show courts, taraflex floor, pa and music, live streaming and spectator seating. This has required great dedication from volunteers and staff and their time will be needed on other projects which will serve the whole membership moving into the future.
“Volleyball England is embarking on a new mission to better connect with the volleyball community,” says Janet. “As volleyball is a volunteer-led sport, there will always be lots of opportunities for volunteers, including for them to be part of the delivery of the National Cup Finals weekend in April. The coming months will also see the launch of a brand-new membership portal, which will reinvigorate how the volleyball community access services, information and resources.
“Not hosting NEVZA also generates more staff and volunteer time to focus on getting this right, with the aim of having a big impact on our volleyball community.”
There won’t be a void of international volleyball for fans to watch either. This May, international beach volleyball is back in England as the CEV Continental Cup comes to London this May. It promises to be a spectacular event!