Coaching Conference

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2021 Coaching Conference

The annual Coaching Conference presents an opportunity to attend a development day, which features workshops, technical clinics and the chance to network with coaches based around the country.

The conference is for coaches of all levels of experience, and will be held on Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of November 2021 from 9:30am-5:30pm at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering, NN15 6PB.

The same programme will run across both days, meaning you only need to attend either Saturday or Sunday. This means you can pick the day which suits you best, without worrying that you’ll miss out on something.

Ticket prices have remained the same as 2019, at just £40.

Book your place

Please book on and make payments via VolleyZone.

Using the VolleyZone Event Finder search by 'Annual Conference' and pick one of the following:

Coaches Conference 2021 - Saturday Booking

Coaches Conference 2021 - Sunday Booking

2021 Presenters

Nicki Shaffery: Children and Young People Lead for VE, Co-author Volley2s a Guide to Teaching and Coaching Volleyball. 

Bertrand Olie: VE Academies and Technical Lead, Co-author Volley2s a Guide to Teaching and Coaching Volleyball, Interim Head Coach for England U17 boys. 

Darren Lewis: England U17 Girls Head Coach. Track record of developing young players who go to play professionally and represent England (volleyball futures only). 

Craig Handford: Partnership Manager - Cornwall Active Sports Partnership. Former Head of Technical Development/Performance at VE, former Head Coach for England Senior Women. 

Steve Mckeown: Senior Sport Lecturer, Carnegie School of Sport: Head Coach Northern Ireland Senior Women Volleyball Team, former England Coach. 



We have two exciting days of workshops planned for the Coaching Conference. Here’s what you can expect. 

Session 1 – Overview of Volleyball Fundamentals with Craig Handford and Nick Shaffery. 

Session 2 – Understanding how to develop fundamental movement and posture in young athletes with Craig Handford. 

Session 3 – Volley2s Volleyball England programme for 7-11 years old with Nick Shaffery. 

Session 4 – Understanding how to develop the fundamentals of attack in young athletes with Steve McKeown. 

The Coaching Conference is not only a fantastic opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills to bring back and implement in your club. It’s also a brilliant chance to network with other coaches and national team staff. 

Venue Location

National Volleyball Centre, NN15 6PB.

Arena Sports Kettering,

Thurston Drive,



NN15 6PB

Tel: 01536 414308