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1DayMore4Volleyball challenge set for 29th February

1DayMore4Volleyball challenge set for 29th February
Volleyball clubs across England are being called on to join fellow fans in Europe for one giant celebration of the sport. The CEV, the European governing body for volleyball, is once more attempting to capitalise on the leap year by encouraging the community to organise mass participation events in their area for... read more

East Mids juniors take on Buenos Aires schoolchildren

East Mids juniors take on Buenos Aires schoolchildren
International volleyball matches were played between the youth sides of 5 East Midlands clubs and pupils from Belgrano Day School, Argentina, during its tour of Europe. Juniors from Ashfield Vipers, Belper Hammers, Darkstar Derbyshire, Loughborough Academy, and Nottingham Rockets – as well as players from Tresham College, Kettering – fed into the... read more

Help 4 Heroes A strengthen lead after Grand Prix 4

Help 4 Heroes A strengthen lead after Grand Prix 4
Sitting volleyball players travelled from all over the country for the 4th Grand Prix of the season on Saturday, 18th January. Ten teams, split across 2 tiers, took to the court at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering, in the hunt for points at this crucial stage of the season. Tier 1 Help for Heroes... read more

AGM, Club Conference and Annual Awards date announced

AGM, Club Conference and Annual Awards date announced
One of the most important dates in the volleyball calendar has been revealed for 2020. Following the success of last year, on Saturday 25th July, Volleyball England’s annual general meeting (AGM), Club Conference and Annual Awards ceremony will take place on the same day. Players, club officials and volunteers from all over the... read more

Why this casual league copies chess’ unique rating system

Why this casual league copies chess’ unique rating system
After the latest round of action in London’s Open League, team High Definition knocked league leaders O Famo Strano off the top spot. Their current points tally of 2,188 is a season-high, so far, but there is no guaranteeing it will be beaten. Inspired by the Elo player rating system used in... read more

Have you got an interesting story? We want to hear from you!

Have you got an interesting story? We want to hear from you!
It’s not just the new year we’ve welcomed in here at the Volleyball England Hub, at the start of January Stewart Thorpe joined as our new Content and Communications Coordinator and he’s been busy getting to know the sport. Stewart replaces Michael Hallam, who left us at the end of 2019, and... read more

New beach duo ready to tackle maiden season

New beach duo ready to tackle maiden season
With the festive and new year’s celebrations behind them, Freddie Bialokoz (Right) and Issa Batrane (Left) are back on the sand preparing for their first campaign together after announcing their new partnership in December. Being a new team, they know they must find their feet, but the pair have big ambitions for... read more

Success and lessons: England Women on their 2020 debut

Success and lessons: England Women on their 2020 debut
“It was great to be back in international competition!” is the overriding sentiment from England Women’s Head Coach Maria Bertelli after the team secured second place at the recent Novotel Cup in Luxembourg. “This is the first step, our first opportunity as a squad to be in the pressure environment of... read more

Men’s team head coach reflects on Novotel success

Men’s team head coach reflects on Novotel success
Simon Loftus, Head Coach of the England Senior Men’s team, talks about the squad’s first foray of 2020 after finishing second in the Novotel Cup in Luxembourg. The squad “The Novotel Cup is a good tournament. It’s reasonably local and a chance for us to play a bit – I’ve... read more

Silvers for England at Novotel Cup

Silvers for England at Novotel Cup
The England men's and women's senior squads got off to a fantastic start to the decade with both teams securing second place at the 32nd edition of the Novotel Cup in Luxembourg. Returning to home soil with two newly awarded trophies in their luggage, both teams can look back on successful tournaments,... read more

England U16 squads announced for Acqua Pradis Winter Cup

England U16 squads announced for Acqua Pradis Winter Cup
The England U16 boys’ and girls’ teams, who will be competing in the Acqua Pradis Winter Cup, have been announced. Hosted in Pordenone, Italy, the selected athletes will be flying off to the host nation the day before the start of the competition, with matches commencing on Friday 27th December and running... read more

England senior call ups for Novotel Cup

England senior call ups for Novotel Cup
Ahead of the 32nd Novotel Cup in Luxembourg, the athletes called up to the England women’s team have been announced and are set to fly the flag and represent the country on the international stage. With the tournament taking place from 3rd - 5th January 2020, the England men’s team will also... read more

Updated WADA Prohibited List for 2020

Updated WADA Prohibited List for 2020
Anti-doping rules apply to all volleyball participants. Whether you play in a local league or internationally, if you are a coach or support players at any level, then it is your responsibility to stay informed. And the importance of taking personal responsibility for being educated on the current anti-doping rules and regulations... read more

Crystal Palace showdown for IBB Polonia London

Crystal Palace showdown for IBB Polonia London
On Wednesday, in a meeting that brought together the current domestic league leaders from England and The Netherlands, IBB Polonia London unfortunately lost 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-20) at the hands of Draisma Dynamo Apeldoorn in the CEV Cup. Now facing a make or break fixture to stay in the competition, Polonia will... read more

A close affair at third Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix

A close affair at third Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix
Seeing out 2019, the last Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix of the calendar year heralded nine teams battling it out for points and – spoiler alert – the scores are no longer tied at the top of the overall table. The Christmas spirt was also in full force, as the referees, led by... read more

Referee spotlight: first observations

Referee spotlight: first observations
Becoming a qualified referee by passing a Grade 4 course is only the beginning. But as a new referee, taking to the stand has the potential to be daunting enough, let alone contemplating moving up the progressive grading structure from Grade 4 to Grade 3 Regional, Grade 3 National, Grade 2,... read more

IBB Polonia London eye European redemption

IBB Polonia London eye European redemption
Seeking European redemption, IBB Polonia London will travel to the Omnisportcentrum in The Netherlands next week for the first leg of their last 16 CEV Volleyball Cup match against Draisma Dynamo Apeldoorn on Wednesday 11th December. Qualifying for the CEV Cup following their Champions League exit at the hands of Croatian... read more

Standing on the shoulders of Little Giants

Standing on the shoulders of Little Giants
Little Giants Volleyball Club have been successful for a number of years in bringing adult volleyball lovers to courts across London, including through their Copper Box tournaments and Glow In The Dark volleyball initiatives. This season, the club has set sights on the next generation, growing the game south of the... read more

England to play in Novotel Cup

England to play in Novotel Cup
England will be back on the international stage early next year, as the women's and men's senior teams compete in the Novotel Cup.  Taking place from 3rd-5th January 2020, England will face Iceland, Scotland and hosts Luxembourg in the traditional tournament.  The return to international competition will give the best English players the... read more

Polonia Ladies take silver at NEVZA Club Champs

Polonia Ladies take silver at NEVZA Club Champs
The 2019 Women’s NEVZA Club Championships came to Surrey at the weekend and Polonia Ladies VC achieved a brilliant silver medal as they flew the flag for England. Over three days of action, six teams battled it out for the coveted European title which attracts excellent teams from the North European zone.... read more

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