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More good news: 2v2 outdoor volleyball gameplay returns

More good news: 2v2 outdoor volleyball gameplay returns
Hours before the Government’s announcement on the return of team sport and the re-opening of indoor facilities, Volleyball England received notification from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport that it supported our plans for the return of 2v2 volleyball outdoors. Making it a trio of positive announcements within 24... read more

Return to volleyball: What happens next?

Return to volleyball: What happens next?
On Thursday 9th July, the Government gave the green light for grassroots sports to return in England while also announcing that indoor sports facilities can re-open from 25th July.  For all disciplines of volleyball, it marked the most significant step back to normality since lockdown restrictions were introduced in March. Volleyball England must now submit... read more

Warm welcome for new appointments to Working Groups

Warm welcome for new appointments to Working Groups
Junior volleyball is a key component of our sport. From providing a first taste of the game to an important phase in talent development, the youth of volleyball are, quite literally, the future. That is why two new appointments, who are committed to improving competitions and opportunities for junior volleyball players, are... read more

FAQ: Volleyball advice for players, coaches, venues, clubs

FAQ: Volleyball advice for players, coaches, venues, clubs
On 4th June, Volleyball England announced that up to six people from different households can now meet to take part in outdoor volleyball exercises, drills and coaching that abide by social distancing. This came after some lockdown restrictions were eased by the government. Below, we have answered some key questions, separated... read more

Heart & hustle: Harry Jones on his past, present and future

Heart & hustle: Harry Jones on his past, present and future
Harry Jones, 22, is a third generation volleyballer out to carve his own legacy. Born and bred in Bournemouth, the 185cm-tall player honed his beach volleyball game on the south coast and now competes internationally, last appearing at a 1-star FIVB tournament in Langkawi, Malaysia in March. Despite his globe-trotting, it’s... read more

Beach Team Leader appointed for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Beach Team Leader appointed for 2022 Commonwealth Games
Volleyball England and Team England have appointed Chris Jones as the Beach Volleyball Team Leader for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Beginning in October, Chris will play a key role in supporting the beach volleyball teams in the run up to, during and immediately after the Commonwealth Games. Chris lives in Birmingham... read more

Bournemouth to Qatar: The journey of England’s late bloomer

Bournemouth to Qatar: The journey of England’s late bloomer
Experienced beach athlete Mark Garcia-Kidd shares the highs and lows of competing on the international stage. Nicknamed ‘England’s late bloomer’ for finding his best form after around seven years of competitive play, the 30-year-old defender, who stands at 191cm tall, last played for England in March at the 4-star FIVB World... read more

Would you like to establish a sitting volleyball team?

Would you like to establish a sitting volleyball team?
The Volleyball England Foundation, a charitable organisation that is closely aligned to Volleyball England, has launched a round of funding to support affiliated clubs that want to establish a sitting volleyball team. Interested parties have until 11th December to apply for a maximum of £1,000 from this pot. This money will then... read more

Volleyball England AGM postponed

Volleyball England AGM postponed
Volleyball England’s annual general meeting (AGM) has been postponed until a later date. Originally set for 25th July, the AGM is now likely to take place between mid-August and mid-September. Since reaffirming the date of our AGM, our auditors have advised that they cannot guarantee the signed accounts will be available in time. This... read more

Volleyball England’s return to play road map

Volleyball England’s return to play road map
Volleyball England has issued a framework for returning to full unrestricted play for volleyball, beach volleyball and sitting volleyball. This document features four phases, from Phase 1: the existing situation whereby only outdoor volleyball training/exercise can take place where social distancing is maintained with those outside of your own household, to Phase... read more

An update on Volleyball England’s 20/21 indoor season plans

An update on Volleyball England’s 20/21 indoor season plans
Volleyball England’s Competitions Working Group launched a consultation on our 2020/21 indoor season at the end of May. As that process is now complete, we can share the common themes from the feedback and let you know about the next steps. Thank you to everyone that shared their thoughts, it was... read more

Ellie Austin: Following in the footsteps of a beach legend

Ellie Austin: Following in the footsteps of a beach legend
In 2019, rising beach volleyball star Ellie Austin achieved a historic bronze medal for England with partner Anaya Evans. The 180cm-tall split blocker, of Croyde, is the daughter of beach volleyball stalwart Denise Austin and is currently a student athlete at Florida Atlantic University in the USA. Ellie, 18, has already... read more

‘Turn up, stand tall, try hard’ - Q&A with Sam Dunbavin

‘Turn up, stand tall, try hard’ - Q&A with Sam Dunbavin
Sam Dunbavin, 24, of Croyde, shares his experience of representing England on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. The 189cm-tall split blocker is currently partnered with Haydn Lawson. How did you get into beach volleyball? I got into volleyball when I was 11 years old. I had just started secondary school and there... read more

York Falcons’ Head Coach on soaring high and flying the nest

York Falcons’ Head Coach on soaring high and flying the nest
Jack Deaton looks back and teases his next move after stepping down as the Head Coach of York’s NVL Div 2 Women’s Team.  My volleyball journey started as a 14-year-old playing recreationally as part of a caravan club. I’d been playing on holiday in the south of France and was approached by... read more

Annual Awards: How to make a nomination

Annual Awards: How to make a nomination
Volunteers are the beating heart of the sport and this long-standing community event has become a key moment of reflection and celebration each year. Why not make the most of this extended period of downtime to help us to recognise volleyball’s unsung grassroots heroes? Award categories: Young Coach of the Year Coach of the Year Young... read more

Transforming Volleyball England’s coach education system

Transforming Volleyball England’s coach education system
New coaching awards for volleyball coaches based on professional standards will be introduced by 2022. Board member and long-serving coach Richard Harrison outlines what these changes are and why they are needed.   For the last 20 years or so, Volleyball England has offered coaches UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) vocational qualifications, which are... read more

Beach Lead Blog: An introduction from Phil Smith

Beach Lead Blog: An introduction from Phil Smith
Phil Smith, who leads Volleyball England’s Beach Volleyball Working Group, shares some key updates on the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the coronavirus and the UKBT.   Firstly, I hope that you are all staying safe and keeping well during the ongoing coronavirus situation and secondly, welcome to the first ‘Beach Lead Blog’. As a quick... read more

Help for volleyball clubs impacted by the coronavirus

Help for volleyball clubs impacted by the coronavirus
Last updated:01/06/20 To support clubs through this uncertain period, the Hub team has pulled together key resources and examples of best practice in areas such as finance, communications, and facility hire, which can be explored below.  While we are working hard to tackle emerging challenges, we do not have solutions to all the problems being experienced. If... read more

Small groups permitted to arrange socially distant training

Small groups permitted to arrange socially distant training
Up to 6 volleyballers from different households can now meet to take part in outdoor exercises, drills and coaching that abide by social distancing following new guidance by the government. This is the case for volleyball, beach volleyball and sitting volleyball. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has... read more

Dedicated volunteer sought for key Commonwealth Games role

Dedicated volunteer sought for key Commonwealth Games role
Volleyball England and Team England are searching for a dedicated beach volleyball champion to volunteer as the sport’s ‘Team Leader’ for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. This key individual will lead and support the beach volleyball teams and should therefore be able to operate effectively in demanding and high-pressure situations. Reporting to... read more

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