Higher Education

HE volleyball

Higher Education volleyball is an integral component of Volleyball England's strategy.  It represents a vast area of activity within volleyball whilst maintaining a significant opportunity for growth.  Below are the three main areas that Volleyball England engage with the Higher Education sector.

Senior Academies have been established to extend the England Talent Pathway allowing talented athletes to continue to develop as Volleyball athletes whilst continuing with their education. There are 6 located within University hub's across the country.

BUCS (British Colleges and Universities Sport) are the governing body who administrate and run higher education volleyball. The competiton typically encompasses 250 indoor teams with an even split of male and female teams.

The (Higher Education Volleyball Officer) HEVO Programme supports a key student from each University to deliver a weekly recreational session. Since its inception in 2011 the programme has grown to 70 universities engaging 6000 students yearly.

University Club Support

Every University volleyball club is different, but there are certain ideas and development tips which can be implemented anywhere to ensure a strong and well developed club. The below sections & documents act as tools for University volleyball clubs to help advise, support and develop:


The Volleyball England HEVO Programme provides a great opportunity for your University to increase participation.  The programme encompasses a HEVO conference, resources, a university grant, activator and referee training.  There are excellent opportuniites for the appointed HEVO's to gain vital employability skills, so click on the link to find out more.

The Activator Award is a resource designed to empower students to deliver recreational volleyball and increase participation by peer delivery. The Award encompasses warm ups, adapted games, challenges and tournament organisation.


Volleyball England provide a suite of coaching and referee courses designed to enhance the performance and functionality of your clubs as below:

Coach Development - Ranging from the Student Activator Award to Level 3 coaching qualifications

Referee Development - The entry level Grade 4 Referee Course equips students or staff with the skill set to officiate in BUCS and recreational matches


BUCS - 250 teams competing indoor throughout the academic year

Indoor Student Cup - one of the biggest indoor student volleyball competitions in the UK. All affiliated universities and colleges offering credited rated courses are eligible for entry.

BUCS Beach Volleyball Championships - the largest student beach volleyball event in the country with over 200 students taking part across the weekend

For further information on volleyball within Higher Education, please contact Rob Payne, Core Market Coordinator, at r.payne@volleyballengland.org or on 01509 227738.


More Information

Please contact Rob Payne, Core Market Coordinator, at r.payne@volleyballengland.org or on 01509 227738