Volleyball England was delighted to welcome a special delegation from our International Volleyball Federation the FIVB and the European Volleyball Federation the CEV to the biggest beach volleyball tournament to take place in England since the 2012 Olympic Games.
CEV President Aleksandar BoriÄiÄ‡, who is also the FIVB's 2nd Executive Vice-President, FIVB's Head of Technical & Development Steve Tutton and FIVB's Beach Volleyball Director Yu Cao spent 4 days in Birmingham watching the competition and talking to stakeholders from the British volleyball community.
The delegation met with Adam Walker, Chair of Volleyball England; Richard Callicott, Honorary President of Volleyball England and President of the British Volleyball Federation; Clare Francis, Vice-Chair of Volleyball England; Sam Jamieson, Interim CEO of Volleyball England; Charlie Ford, who starts as CEO of Volleyball England in October; and Jake Sheaf, Director and Founder of the UK Beach Tour, during their visit from 5th " 8th August.
Beach volleyball was the main subject of conversation, with all parties working to see how we can further develop the sport in England. As well as the sporting action, the delegation were treated to a private tour of the Black Country Living Museum, an open-air museum of rebuilt historic buildings in Dudley.
Aleksandar BoriÄiÄ‡ said: â€œI am obviously delighted that I could pay a visit to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and spend quality time with colleagues and friends from Volleyball England.
â€œI very much hope that these truly successful Games will inspire the next generation of beach volleyball players and will help us take the sport to the next level in terms of media and public awareness so that the sport will now continue to thrive in England and across the UK as a whole.
â€œOur Confederation is always ready to support our primary stakeholders, the National Federations, in their efforts to grow the game and following this visit to Birmingham, I am confident that we will further strengthen our cooperation with Volleyball England at all levels.â€
Adam Walker, Chair of Volleyball England, added: "Mr Boricic, Mr Tutton and Mr Cao's visit came at a perfect time. Legions of new fans have been attracted to volleyball thanks to the spectacle at Birmingham 2022, whilst off court we're working full throttle on ambitious legacy plans to further fuel the game's growth. "We've had many fruitful conversations with both the FIVB and the CEV and look forward to strengthening ties as we work together to grow and develop the game."
Photo, L-R: Charlie Ford, Jake Sheaf, Adam Walker, Aleksandar BoriÄiÄ‡, Clare Francis, Steve Tutton, Yu Cao, and Sam Jamieson.