Below you will find our latest guidance on how to safely return to playing volleyball. On this page you will also find downloadable risk assessment templates, training ideas and other resources to help clubs to organise volleyball.
It must be stressed that participants should follow Government, venue and then Volleyball England's return to play guidance (as detailed below) in that order. Club risk assessment guidance comes after all three.
For the duration of the national lockdown, volleyball activity in England is on pause. Outside of the lockdown, please input your postcode onto this web page to find out which tier your area falls into and what overall Government restrictions apply. Volleyball-specific information for each tier will be found here when we return to the tier system.
View the latest status of our return to volleyball, beach volleyball and sitting volleyball road maps here.
Please note this page was last updated on 04/01/2021.
As of Thursday, 24th September, organised indoor team sport for over 18s is no longer exempt from the Government’s rule of six. Therefore, indoor volleyball cannot be played by a group of more than six adults in England.
Please click here to read through our plans for the safe return of indoor volleyball - for single matches and miniature tournaments - which must be followed in line with the new restrictions on indoor team sport. 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.
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.
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.
We are still working on our plans for the safe 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. Depending on local restrictions, people from different households may be able to meet in groups of up to six people but if they do 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 home 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 sitting volleyball athletes practising.
Risk assessment templates
Organisers of volleyball activity (whether that be clubs, event organisers or coaches) must undertake a risk assessment prior to carrying out the 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 coaches
On 15th October, Volleyball England organised a webinar to help explain the rules and guide coaches through risk assessments, training ideas for 'volleybubbles' of six and how to capitalise on the opportunity to promote junior volleyball. A recording of that session is available to rewatch here. Click here to download the webinar presentation slides.
Other useful coaching resources:
- Answers to commonly asked questions on indoor volleyball training
- Training ideas for your volleybubbles (This content has been extracted from our 'Coaching volleyball through Covid-19 webinar)
- UK Coaching has produced a useful infographic on questions to consider when you return to coaching. You will need to create a free account to access the content.
- Some of UK Coaching's Time2Learn webinars are available to watch back for free. Topics include duty of care, wellbeing, online coaching and games-based approaches.
Guidance for officials
The Officials Working Group has produced guidance for referees who return to officiating. The document can be read here.
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's FAQ on playing volleyball in line with restrictions - LINK
- Sport England's FAQ on the return of sport and activity - LINK
- How you can help to #SaveOurSports - LINK
- Watch VolleyChat, our lockdown interview series - LINK
- Get fit and ready to return to court with VOLLEYFIT, our new volleyball fitness programme for members of Volleyball England - LINK
- Volleyball England hosted a webinar for clubs on 6th August to explain the safety plans that enable volleyball to return - LINK
- The presentation slides for the return to play webinar for clubs are also available to download - LINK
- On 15th October, Sue Storey, CEO of Volleyball England, led a Covid briefing to explain how the new three-tier lockdown system impacts volleyball (please note there have been small changes to the system since it was first announced) - 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
- 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
- The latest information on Volleyball England's 2020/21 season competitions - LINK
- Need some help drafting session rules for participants taking part in volleyball activity? Check out Coventry & Warwick Riga VC's website for an example of best practice. The phrase 'By attending the sessions you agree to follow these rules' is key here. - LINK