National Volleyball Centre to host 2019 National Cup Finals

23rd January 2019

National Volleyball Centre to host 2019 National Cup Finals

The 2019 Volleyball England Cup Finals will be hosted at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering on April 27th and 28th.

This year saw the showpiece event put out to tender to different volleyball associations and sports venues, and the home of English volleyball was the top candidate.

Out to tender

Chief Operating Officer Stewart Dunne says the organisation has been approached by many enthusiasts who expressed the view that moving the National Cup Finals around the country would be a more fitting showcase for the most prestigious weekend in the volleyball calendar.

Stewart said: “Having listened to members’ feedback and agreeing that the sport needs to attract a new audience, a larger volunteer workforce and offer a new group of organisers the opportunity to introduce new ideas, a working group was formed to formulise a tender. The working group consisted of volunteers and HUB staff and all the options were looked at.”

He continued: “There were eight expressions of interest. After informal discussions and a final round of the tender process, for 2019, the National Volleyball Centre at Kettering still came out on top. However, having explored the possibilities, we are keen to build on the hard work put in this year. There were a few strong candidates that weren’t able to host this year due to the timing of the final stage of the tender process being too close to the event dates. So, we will begin a tender process for the 2020 Cup Finals immediately.

“I am sure the National Volleyball Centre will once again provide a great showpiece for volleyball, with the format similar to last year, which proved a hit with teams and spectators alike.”

Bigger than ever

With Taraflex flooring, two show courts, ample spectator seating and a professional announcer, the home of English volleyball provides an excellent platform and reward for those players who have the honour of making it to a cup final. And this year will be bigger than ever.

With the Super League winners being decided by the split-league format, the National Cup Finals will be the main showpiece event of this year’s calendar. As well as the senior cup and shield finals, the action-packed weekend will feature the junior cup finals (under 15, 16 and 18) and the sitting grand prix final.

It promises to be a real festival of volleyball so don’t miss your chance to come along to the big weekend of the volleyball calendar. The schedule of the Finals will be announced soon, as the competitions working group are currently looking at the best format for event. Some junior players have the honour of reaching multiple finals so they will be taking into account the well-being of players who choose to compete in several matches.

With more volleyball action, there are lots of great opportunities for volunteers. There are range of interesting roles and ways to experience getting involved with the Cup Finals. If you are interested in having a great volunteering experience, please email competitions@volleyballengland.org

The 2020 Cup Finals

Eight parties came forward and expressed an interest in hosting the 2019 Finals. As the Cup Finals Working Group worked through the tender process, the project revealed that there is serious potential to take the event to a new venue, particularly if the tender process was brought forward.

“The tender process for the 2020 Cup Finals is now open,” said Stewart Dunne. “The aim is to announce who will host the Finals soon after this year’s event. “Any regional associations, local associations, volleyball clubs, venue or organisation who are interested in hosting are encouraged to get in touch now for an informal chat.”

The Cup Finals working group are keen to hear from any organisation that is interested in hosting the event. Potential partners don’t need to necessarily provide everything for the event but are encouraged to get in touch to discuss what they can offer.

More information about the tender process and official timeline will be published shortly. If you are interested, please email Competitions Working Group Lead James Murphy at james.murphy@volleyball.co.uk to organise an informal discussion.

National Volleyball Centre to host 2019 National Cup Finals