Conference launched to aid club development

17th May 2019

Conference launched to aid club development

Are you part of running a volleyball club? If so, then a brand-new initiative could help take your club to the next level.

Volleyball England is launching the Club Conference 2019, an event featuring a host of exclusive workshops on different areas of volleyball club development. Taking place on Saturday 27th July 2019, the inaugural Club Conference will give clubs the chance to gain advice from professionals from the volleyball community and also includes a buffet lunch. You can book your place now. 

“The inspiration for the Club Conference has come from the results of the Club Survey 2018, in which there were a range of areas where clubs said they would benefit from leading advice and support,” explained Volleyball England’s core market coordinator Rob Payne. “The event is a great chance for clubs to upskill, develop and network.”

There are three time slots throughout the day and attendees can choose which three they want to do from a choice of five different 50-minute workshops. A Time to Listen workshop – which provides essential training for Club Welfare Officers – will also run on the day. As this is a three-hour workshop, attendees will need to choose to take part in the Time to Listen, rather than the club development workshops. 

So, the Club Conference is an ideal opportunity for several club members to come along to benefit from all of the workshops, while a Club Welfare Officer gains essential training through the Time to Listen workshop. Clubs which have three people attend can use a discount code to gain a reduced price on entry. 

The range of workshops includes:

  1. Marketing your club – Reinvigorate how your club spreads its message so your teams and campaigns are more successful. The workshop will be led by Volleyball England board member and owner of a PR agency, Simon Griffiths and Kara Griffiths, head of communications at a large higher education institution. The pair also understand volleyball too. They help run Tamworth Spartans Volleyball Club which won the Volleyball England Club of the Year 2016, following a rebranding of the club which they helped drive.

  2. Venues – having the right place to call home is a foundation of a successful volleyball club. The expert workshop will take you through being a new club finding a venue, how to influence sports halls to improve volleyball facilities and how a new facility can help your club grow.

  3. Club funding – every club would benefit from a cash boost. Volleyball England’s core market coordinator Rob Payne and the HUB’s lead funding support officer Vicki Carr will take you through where to look for funding, how to write a brilliant bid and how members can access funding support from the HUB office. They’ll also look at how to attract sponsorship and fundraise.

  4. Developing junior sections – this workshop focusses on the next generation of volleyball players. Led by Children and Young People Lead Nick Shaffery, attendees will explore how to deliver sessions ideal for young players’ development, safeguarding requirements, what equipment is needed, who to make links with, such as schools and the Youth Sport Trust, and how to find funding.

  5. Your club website – a club website is an important shop window for your club and a key tool for getting people to engage with you. Professional web designer Joke de Winter will show you how you can use the free and low-cost platforms to create a great-looking and easy-to-use website. Avoid the common pitfalls and ensure your website makes an impact!

Volleyball England members - members of affiliated clubs, as well as registered coaches and referees - receive a discounted rate of £35 per person for the Club Conference 2019. Non-affiliated clubs will be charged at £50 per person. The group booking discount of three club members will see each person save £5 on their place, meaning a total saving of £15. 

You can book your place on the Club Conference 2019 now. Find more information on the Club Conference 2019 page

While the Club Conference 2019 will run between 09:30am and 13:15pm, all attendees are welcome and encouraged to stay for the afternoon which will feature the Volleyball England Annual Awards and AGM.

Conference launched to aid club development