HEVO Transitions: Setting up a volleyball club
21st December 2018
Setting up a volleyball club can be hard work and time consuming, but ultimately hugely rewarding. Creating and growing an environment where people enjoy the sport can be special and a lot of fun.
From building a club structure to finding a venue, players and funding, there is loads of great advice on the ‘Starting a volleyball club’ section of the Volleyball England website.
Helping young people set up volleyball clubs is exactly what the HEVO Transitions programme is set up to do. The programme provides financial support and advice to help former Higher Education Volleyball Officers (HEVO) establish their own clubs.
HEVOs are students who do a fantastic job helping to grow the sport by delivering recreational volleyball sessions in universities. Thousands of people get chance to try volleyball in a fun, relaxed environment. Once they finish university and delivering recreational volleyball, most of the HEVOs stay involved in the sport and want to set up clubs but can find many barriers stopping them from doing so. The HEVO Transitions Programme is helping them overcome the challenges.
Providing inspiration to former HEVOs to make the most of the Transitions programme is Eve Thompson. As a former HEVO herself, Eve set up Washington Wolves before the Transitions programme was created.
She was at the HEVO conference last September to tell this year’s cohort of HEVOs about her experience of setting up a club. Eve told her story and shared the challenges she faced including the commitment of players, finding facilities at a reasonable cost, setting up a bank account and gaining support from other people and organisations.
Her top tips for setting up a club were:
- Know the area and form relationships with the key local people
- Find out what support is available to you in the area and nationwide
- Don’t be too ambitious – work within your means
- Know your players – your club will only work if your players are happy
- Social media can be your best friend, if used well
- Have fun!
We caught up with Eve for a chat about her experiences, which anyone who is interested in setting up a club would benefit from, as well as getting her thoughts on the HEVO Transitions programme. Check out the exclusive interview with Eve.