HEVO Conference a hit with student ambassadors
24th September 2019
“It was one of the most intense, tiring and AMAZING weekends of my life.” As endorsements go, not many ring louder than that.
One student has captured how the HEVO Conference is a fun-packed two days, with lots of volleyball games, socialising and free gear! But last weekend’s Conference will live long in the memories of the students for more than just a great time. It prepared the students with the knowledge they need as the embark on growing the game.
The students are taking up the role of Higher Education Volleyball Officer at their universities. Each of them will deliver weekly recreational volleyball sessions so fellow students can come and try volleyball. Their sessions are away from traditional university teams so people can play volleyball with no pressure and a focus on having fun.
The HEVO programme is the flagship programme for increasing participation in the sport. Last year, 4,118 people played the sport through the scheme. The cohort of 62 HEVOs will be delivering recreational volleyball in universities across England and report back on their participation figures.
The Conference saw the HEVOs learn vital skills with workshops on how to promote their sessions, organising four v four volleybal festivals, how explore new opportunities in the community, as well as practical sessions on volleyball, beach volleyball and sitting volleyball. There was also some down time with evening entertainment, including a UV festival! You can see a snapshot of the festival in the Instagram story below:
The feedback from the HEVOs about the Conference was outstanding and highlighted in their ratings:
How likely recommend the Conference to future HEVOs: 10/10
HEVO Hoodie and T-shirt: 9.6/10
Introduction to Sitting Volleyball: 8.96/10
Student Activator Award (qualification on how to deliver recreational volleyball): 8.94/10
Maximising the role of HEVO workshop: 8.56/10
The HEVOs will now be heading to their universities and beginning to deliver recreational volleyball. These sessions have a huge impact with last year over 29% of the people taking part in the sessions playing volleyball for the first time. The HEVO sessions create a clear pathway to retain people in the sport as 40% of last year’s players said they were very likely to continue playing volleyball after university.
You can find out more information about the scheme on the HEVO Programme section of the website.