Jonathan to organise Sitting Volleyball at Paralympics
6th December 2017
Volleyball England’s Jonathan Moore will be responsible for the planning and delivery of the Sitting Volleyball competition at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Jonathan, Competitions and Events Coordinator at Volleyball England, has been appointed in the role of Technical Delegate for the Games by World ParaVolley.
Over the next two and half years, Jonathan will oversee the organisation of everything needed for the competition, from the venue plans for the Sitting Volleyball arena to being in Tokyo in 2020 to ensure the tournament runs smoothly.
Jonathan will take up the voluntary role alongside his job at Volleyball England and says it will be a real highlight of his time in volleyball.
“The role will be the pinnacle of my career to date,” says Jonathan. “I have gained a huge amount of experience working for VE and I will use all of that to help Tokyo 2020 deliver a fantastic Sitting Volleyball competition.”
“I’ve always wanted to deliver sport at the highest level. I am grateful that VE has given me the opportunity to do that and is now supporting me as I step into the role of Technical Delegate.”
Volleyball England are delighted to see Jonathan appointed and hope his achievements can inspire others.
“We’re so proud of Jonathan being appointed as Technical Delegate for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics,” says Janet Inman, CEO of Volleyball England. “Jonathan is a great ambassador, not just for Volleyball England, but for volleyball as a sport. His experience will help him deliver a Sitting Volleyball spectacle that the whole world will enjoy.”
There is a lot of work to be done to get everything ready but Jonathan has the benefit of experience of organising top level events and a great knowledge of Sitting Volleyball.
“I will be responsible for overseeing all areas of planning,” says Jonathan. “Between now and the Games there will be a lot of plans to approve. The building the Sitting Volleyball will be hosted in, the Makuhari Messe, is like a convention centre. We’ve got a space within it which is currently a shell. We need to build everything we need for the event.”
Having started working at Volleyball England straight after completing a Masters at Loughborough University in Sports Management, Jonathan has worked for Volleyball England for eight years and has a wealth of experience organising competitions in all formats of volleyball including FIVB and CEV competitions, Sitting Volleyball International and domestic competitions, the Volleyball England Beach Tour, NEVZA youth competitions, School Games, and all Volleyball England competitions. He was also part of the team that delivered the volleyball at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – something which Jonathan thinks will prove vital experience.
“I think being part of the Volleyball team at London 2012 will massively help in my new role, as I have experienced the whole cycle of planning to delivering the event,” says Jonathan. “I know about the areas where it is easy to overlook things. Those little things can all add up to make a big difference.”
Jonathan will combine his role as Technical Delegate with his responsibilities as Competitions and Events Coordinator at Volleyball England.
“The two roles are an ideal combination,” says Jonathan. “In my role at Volleyball England, I have had contact with many knowledgeable and experienced people and I have gained a lot through listening to their experiences. I do not feel as though I will be doing the role by myself as their knowledge and things I’ve learned from them will influence what I do. I wouldn’t be where I am if it was not for all the support I have had from Volleyball England and its network of experienced volunteers.
Jonathan begins work as Technical Delegate immediately and World ParaVolley is delighted to have him on board.
“On behalf of World ParaVolley, I am very pleased to welcome Jonathan Moore into the World ParaVolley team as the Technical Delegate for the Tokyo Paralympic Games,” said World ParaVolley President Mr. Barry Couzner. “Jonathan was chosen for this position from an impressive list of candidates and we look forward to working with him to deliver an outstanding Sitting Volleyball competition for the athletes in 2020.”