National U14 Festival a great success!
13th May 2019
This month saw the very first National U14 JuVoTo Festival. It was a great event with over 140 players and 13 young volunteers from several clubs helping to run the event.
Thirty-five teams from around the country headed to University of Wolverhampton to play in the competition which was organised and run by a group of volunteers from Black Country VC.
“The event was a real festival with an emphasis on participation and sustainability,” says one of the event organisers, Pete Bragg. “As well as the players, there were many young people there volunteering – which was really great to see and what was at the heart of the event. The young leaders were refereeing and helping to run the day.
“It was great to see the slightly older children giving back to volleyball and encouraging the U14s – that was the real spirit of the event. We want clubs to bring there young “Volleyteers” to events as well."
The day saw 147 players on court and 160 matches in total. Crucially, over 100 parents were there supporting their offspring too. There were also more girls team than boys, with 20 girls teams and 15 boys teams, plus a guest side.
Innovation has been key to Black Country VC’s growth and this was key to the event. With “Underarm serve only” applied in the rules there was an emphasis on transition play with the players having more touches of the ball. Feedback from coaches on its effect on the rallies has been very positive. You can see the full results here.
It was brilliant to see so many young people participating in competitive volleyball, developing their skills and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the sport by nurturing the next generation of players.
Next year's event is already in the calendar so be sure to save the date: National U14 JuVoTo 3rd May 2020