1st October 2015


The 5th Annual Higher Education Volleyball Officer (HEVO) conference took place last weekend at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering.  The significant growth in Higher Education volleyball was demonstrated with 76 students attending, this was a record number (42% increase from 2014).

The weekend was designed to equip the students with the knowledge, training and resources to maximise volleyball participation within their universities and were delivered in an interacting and practical format.

7 handpicked senior HEVO’s were also in attendance, adding lots a value to the weekend through their experiences of good practise and challenges within the programme.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the UVolleyball festival on Saturday night, HEVO’s were joined by inspirational Olympian’s Peter Bakare and Nathan French to experience the fun party-like format of the sport with UV lights, glow in the dark balls, lines, face paints and music.  Robyn Wisdom (HEVO from University of Bournemouth) highlighted her enjoyment

#Repost @robynwsd ・・・ UV volleyball was SIIICKKKK #GoSpike #hevogospike #hevoconference #HEVO #pardy #bu #buvolleyball #paint #glow #glowsticks @volleyballengland

A photo posted by @volleyballengland onSep 27, 2015 at 12:42pm PDT

It was evident that students were also inspired by the Go Spike Student Activator Award and Sitting Volleyball Workshop.  They were captured playing sitting volleyball at 02:15am in the Holiday Inn

You can set volleyball up anywhere @volleyballengland #sittingvolleyball #volleyball #shevo #hevo #fun

A photo posted by Laura Woodruff (@lauraflora93) onSep 26, 2015 at 4:58pm PDT

Lisa Wainwright (Chief Executive Officer) stated“I am delighted to see the phenomenal growth of the Higher Education Volleyball Programme -  ‘world-leading’ in its innovative approach to driving volleyball participation in universities across England – the HEVO Conference is an exciting and creative way to launch and link all the HEVO’s for the year ahead.   The introduction of new formats such as UVolleyball demonstrate how volleyball can attract the masses with their crazy, party-like and un-traditional approach – these are our future players/volunteers and staff – they are a pleasure to work with".

Young People Manager Rob Payne commented on the conference; “The whole weekend was a pleasure to be part of, the HEVO’s and Senior HEVO’s fully embraced the programme demonstrating maturity and a wiliness to learn.  I am confident that their application of this knowledge will result in record numbers of students playing volleyball at Higher Education level”.