Annual Awards

Volleyball England's Annual Awards is a prestigious and long-standing date in the calendar that recognises special individuals who go the extra mile to create a fantastic environment and experience for volleyball in England, from grassroots to NVL to international level.

The winners of each category take centre stage each year at an established event in the calendar, where they will be presented with their award.

Submit your nomination Awards 2020 Category Descriptors.pdf
  • Nominations have closed for 2021.
  • To view individual awards and criteria click HERE

2021 Annual Award Winners



Young Coach of the Year

Jake D'Cruz, University of Leeds

Coach of the Year

Richard Osborne, South Hants, the UK’s Invictus Games Team, and Great Britain’s Men’s Team

Services to Refereeing

Nick Heckford

Young Volunteer of the Year

Jack Reid, University of Leeds

Volunteer of the Year

James Murphy, various roles, including Work Stream Lead for Volleyball England’s Competitions Working Group

Long Service Award

Sean Poole

Club of the Year

Newcastle Staffs

Covid Hero

Valeria Romero Soriano, Everton 

Peter Wardale Memorial Award

The Peter Wardale Memorial Award is the highest accolade which can be given to a volunteer.  The recipient of this Award is selected by the Board and is given to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of volleyball.  It is not awarded every year.

Roll of Honour:

  • 2000 – Ron Richards
  • 2001 – Dudley Williams
  • 2002 – Roman Parashchak
  • 2003 – Dan Dingle
  • 2004 – Neville Lewis
  • 2006 – Ian Berry
  • 2007 – Freda Bussey
  • 2009 – Don Anthony
  • 2012 – Brian Stalker
  • 2013 – Richard Callicott
  • 2014 – Gordon Neale
  • 2015 – Paul Bohannan
  • 2016 - Keith Nicholls
  • 2019 - The Bello Family
  • 2020 - Janet Inman

Read about the winners from 2021

See the list of previous winners VE Past Annual Award Winners to Upload.pdf