Team Northumbria withdraw from the NVL
11th July 2018
There will be new teams fighting it out for the top honours in English volleyball as Team Northumbria have withdrawn from the National Volleyball League (NVL) for the forthcoming season.
One of the most successful clubs of recent times, the university’s women’s team are the reigning National Cup champions, while the men won the National Cup and Super 8s title last season.
Northumbria University has taken the decision to withdraw their teams from the NVL following a strategic decision about how it offers sport. As a University, it is focusing its resources to ensure it has the right balance between performance sport and participation sport.
Heather Steel, High Performance Sport Manager at the university explained the decision: “Northumbria is one of the leading universities for sport and disability sport in the UK. We remain committed to high performance sport, including volleyball.
“The size and shape of our sports offer evolves every year. In a changing environment that includes a reduction in available external funding, we must ensure that we continue to offer all our students value for money and the best possible student experience.
“We are therefore rebalancing our sports portfolio to engage more students in a broader programme of participation. As a result, and after a period of review we have decided to withdraw from Volleyball England Super League next year. We remain committed to volleyball and high-level competition, including the BUCS league.
“We are taking steps to make sure that sport at Northumbria continues to support the development of volleyball."
Super League format
The Super League for the 2018-19 season will now have nine teams in each of the men’s and women’s divisions, and will look to increase to 10 for the following season. How this increase to ten teams will be implemented will be communicated prior to the start of the season.
The competition this year will be played in the exciting split-league format, which clubs backed as a way of enjoying more competitive matches. All teams will play each other once before Christmas, before the league splits into the top 5 and bottom four. The teams in each section will then play each other twice more to decide their final place in the league standings - and to battle it out for the title and to avoid relegation.
This will see the teams in the bottom half still play 14 fixtures as in previous years, while the top five will gain two extra matches. Playing teams that are of similar standard will help the teams enjoy more competitive fixtures.
The draft fixtures for the Super League have been amended and each of the NVL team contacts have been emailed directly regarding the changes.