Playing Programme

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What is the Playing Programme?

The Playing Programme covers everything to do with all your club’s playing activities, i.e. training, coaching, refereeing and competitions. It’s the playing ‘offer’ your club makes to current and potential members.

Why is it important?

A strong playing programme will not only lead to better performances and results from your club’s squads but also more satisfied players. The large majority of coaches in volleyball are volunteers and it’s important that their input is valued and they are given opportunities by the club to develop as a coach.

What is good practice?


  • The club should have a regular and structured training programme, ideally of at least 2 hours per week.
  • The ratio of coach to participants should ideally be 1:15 maximum.
  • Club coaches should hold a coaching qualification and be registered with Volleyball England for the current season.
  • The club should aim to provide or support development opportunities for its coaches, e.g. part subsidising a coaching qualification or a coach education workshop.
  • If your club has sessions for juniors, then they should be adapted to be suitable for the age group. The Let’s Play Volleyball resources are available to support you to offer quality training and competitive opportunities for your young players.


  • Ideally the club should have a qualified referee (at minimum Grade 4R) to support the club’s officiating requirements and train other volunteer officials.
  • The club should aim to provide or support development opportunities for its referees, e.g. subsidising qualifications and clinics.


  • The club should offer suitable competitive opportunities for those members who wish to compete; this could be regional or NVL teams and/or outdoor tournaments and friendly matches.

Related Role Descriptions

  Name Size (MB) Updated
Head Coach Head Coach 0.09 10/01/2012