Warm welcome for new appointments to Working Groups

8th July 2020

Warm welcome for new appointments to Working Groups

Junior volleyball is a key component of our sport. From providing a first taste of the game to an important phase in talent development, the youth of volleyball are, quite literally, the future.

That is why two new appointments, who are committed to improving competitions and opportunities for junior volleyball players, are thoroughly welcomed to key working groups in the sport.

Appointed to the role of Junior Competitions Lead on the Competitions Working Group (CWG), Howard Ainsworth is already known to many of the junior volleyball community. His extensive involvement with Ursmton Grammar Volleyball has included fielding a successful junior age women’s National Volleyball League (NVL) side and offering consistent volleyball opportunities to juniors of all ages and abilities.

One of Howard’s first tasks in the role will be to ensure that as the return to volleyball is mapped, junior competitions are properly considered amongst other competitions such as the NVL.

In addition, Pete Bragg will join the Children and Young People Working Group (CYP) as the Junior Competitions Development Lead. A long-standing advocate of junior volleyball, Pete has actively championed and fostered a culture of developing juniors with Black Country VC.

Created in response to requests for appropriate competition for primary aged children, Pete has already been working informally with CYP Lead Nick Shaffery on the concept, programme, and resources for Volley2s.

Selection process

Mindful of the most effective ways to recruit volunteers, as volunteers themselves, the CWG reached out to key members of the volleyball community and looked to identify potential candidates from Volleyball England’s pool of experts. Subsequently, a selection panel was assembled comprising Volleyball England’s CEO Sue Storey, Board member Freda Bussey and CWG Lead James Murphy.

Sue said: “We are delighted that Pete and Howard are keen to work with us to continue to develop volleyball for our younger players. It was fantastic to see the dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm they both showed for junior development and equally to have such excellent volleyball knowledge and experience to help develop the opportunities for the future stars of our sport.”

New beginnings

Sincere thanks from the CWG and wider volleyball community are given to stalwart Di Hollows for her exemplary work in overseeing junior competitions. After stepping down from the role of Junior Competitions Lead, Di will remain a key member of the CWG. Her remit will focus on finding and overseeing officials for junior competitions and as Division 3 Men’s Lead.

Thanks are also given to Sarah Hill who has stepped down from the role of Super League Lead but will continue as the Beach Liaison. Bill Boagey will take on the role of Super League Lead in addition to Division 1. Joining the CWG, Ashley Cullen will be the Division 3 Women’s Lead.

Warm welcome for new appointments to Working Groups