Volleyball awarded Sport England funding for next two years
25th January 2019
Sport England has confirmed that Volleyball England has been awarded £1,050,000 of funding for the next two years.
With funding working on a four-year cycle based around Olympic Games years, many sports had already received full funding for the 2017-21 cycle. However, volleyball was one of ten sports that was given initial funding, but also given another two years to demonstrate positive results to be able to apply for further funding for the 2019-21 period of the cycle.
Sport England announced the funding for the ten sports last week, with awards ranging from £424,000 to £5.6m.
While the funding for volleyball is a reduction on previous years, it underlines the progress Volleyball England has made that Sport England awarded the maximum amount that the sport could bid for.
“The award is excellent news and is testament to how the volleyball community has pulled together to drive the sport forward through a challenging last couple of years,” said Volleyball England CEO, Janet Inman. “Sport England funding underpins Volleyball England – almost all of our membership volleyball projects are subsidised by the funding.
“Funding for national governing bodies of sports is being reduced and one of our targets is to build a more sustainable organisation. The challenge for volleyball, like all sports, is to become less reliant on central funding. The sport needs to control its own destiny, otherwise there is a risk to what opportunities will be available to the volleyball community.
“By building a solid foundation from which the sport can really grow, we can ensure that the long-term future of the volleyball is bright for the whole of the membership. We’re grateful that Sport England continue to work with us towards that target and have backed us with the maximum amount.”
Sport England targets
The investment comes with targets which are agreed with and set out by Sport England. The main area of focus for volleyball is to maintain and build its participant base, as well as supporting talented young athletes.
Sport England outlined the aims for each sport based on its funding, at the end of the article which announced the news.
Speaking on the announcement of the funding for the ten sports, Sport England’s executive director of sport, Phil Smith, said: “Millions of people love sport and take part regularly and we don’t take their commitment for granted. Even the most enthusiastic people can sometimes find it hard to maintain the habit, especially when life gets in the way.
“This funding of national governing bodies is to help increase the number of people engaged in sport, through investing in clubs, coaches, facilities, equipment and new ways to play.”
While an overall goal for volleyball is to maintain its playing base, Sport England recognised the need for Volleyball England to build a more sustainable business model. As by getting to know the membership better and providing more core services, which they need, is crucial to helping keep people at all levels of the game engaged with volleyball.
One of the foundations of getting to know members and serving them better will be a new membership portal which will be launched this year. The portal will make it easier for the volleyball community to access useful resources and benefits, register for courses or events, manage your club’s information, provide feedback, as well as making current services more efficient.
Part of the funding has also been allocated to the Higher Education Volleyball Officer (HEVO) programme. Sport England have once again shown their faith in the flagship scheme for growing participation in volleyball, as it continues to be a great success with thousands getting involved each year.
This year, the programme has further developed with the launch of the HEVO Transitions, which attempts to assimilate more people from the scheme into the wider volleyball community.