Coronavirus Guidance

Below you will find our latest guidance on how to safely return to playing competitive volleyball. At the bottom of this page there are downloadable risk assessment templates, a link to rewatch our 'return to volleyball' webinar, and more.

It must be stressed that participants should follow Government, venue and Volleyball England guidance in that order. If you live within or intend to travel into an area that has been put into a localised lockdown, please refer to this Government advice

View the current status of our return to volleyball, beach volleyball and sitting volleyball road maps here.

Have a question that has gone unanswered? If you can't find the information below, please check out this article on frequently asked questions or send an email to info@volleyballengland.org.

Please note this page was last updated on 26/08/2020.

Indoor volleyball

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Please click here to read through our plans for the safe return of 6v6 indoor volleyball - for single matches and miniature tournaments. This plan details measures that should be taken by players, clubs, officials, volunteers, coaches and event organisers before, during and after all indoor volleyball activity.

Beach volleyball

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Please click here to read through our plans for the safe return of 2v2 beach volleyball. This plan, which covers single matches and tournaments, details measures that should be taken by players, clubs, officials, volunteers, coaches and event organisers before, during and after all beach volleyball activity.

Outdoor volleyball

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Please click here to read through our plans for the safe return of 6v6 outdoor volleyball. This plan, which covers single matches and miniature tournaments, details measures that should be taken by players, clubs, officials, volunteers, coaches and event organisers before, during and after all outdoor volleyball activity.

Sitting volleyball

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We are still working hard on our plans for the return of sitting volleyball and hope to to have some positive news to share soon.

As thing stand, only outdoors sitting volleyball training on grass and sand can take place. People from different households may meet in groups of up to six people but only sitting volleyball training – ensuring social distancing is followed – can take place. Please ensure you regularly santitise your hands if you do take part in training.

Looking for some training inspiration? Richard Osborne, Head Coach of the UK’s Invictus Games Sitting Volleyball Team, has created a series of home volleyball challenges to keep athletes practising.

Risk assessment templates

Organisers of volleyball activity (whether that be clubs, event organisers, coaches or other groups or individuals) must undertake a risk assessment prior to carrying out their activity.

As part of this risk assessment, organisers should consider the mandatory and recommended actions from the sport specific action plans (available above for each sport) and detail those which are proportionate to the event or activity that is being undertaken.

Template risk assessments for indoor, beach and outdoor volleyball have been included below as guides. These are editable to allow the risk assessor to take into account specific factors such as location, venue, weather, or even the age of the participants, which may require further detail. Click below to download.

Guidance for officials

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The Officials Working Group has produced a set of guidance for referees who are returning to officiate. The document can be read here

If you have any questions, please check this document for answers to frequently asked questions. If you query has still gone unanswered, please email refereeing@volleyballengland.org.

A webinar was held on 11th August to explain this new guidance to officials. This session can be rewatched using this link

Useful links and downloads

  • The Government's latest advice on the coronavirus - LINK
  • Volleyball England hosted a return to play webinar for clubs on 6th August. If you missed it, you can rewatch the presentation and Q&A session on our YouTube channel - LINK
  • The presentation slides for the return to play webinar for clubs are also available to download - LINK
  • COVID-19 Officer role description - LINK
  • Club Matters resources, such as a re-opening toolkit, to support volleyball clubs to get back to activity - LINK
  • UK Coaching infographic - Questions to consider when you return to coaching. You will need to create a free account to access them - LINK
  • ReActivate, CIMSPA's free training platform which is designed to equip volunteers with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently return after the lockdown - LINK
  • Our Competition Working Group's latest consultation on the 2020/21 indoor seasonLINK
  • Need some help drafting session rules for participants taking part in volleyball activity? Check out the Coventry & Warwick Riga website for an example of best practice. The phrase 'By attending the sessions you agree to follow these rules' is key here. - LINK