FAQs: Volleyball and the 4-week national lockdown

7th November 2020

FAQs: Volleyball and the 4-week national lockdown

England entered a four-week national lockdown on Thursday, 5th November. As a result, group volleyball activity has been put on pause until Wednesday, 2nd December.

We know this announcement has prompted many questions. Below we have compiled a list of answers to commonly asked questions. The [NEW] and [UPDATED] tags highlight our latest information.

If your club is based outside of England, please heed the advice from your devolved administration. For example, clubs based in Wales should read the latest advice from Volleyball Wales and the Welsh Government.

Please note this page was last updated on 09/11/2020.



[UPDATED] What volleyball activity can take place during the lockdown?

An individual can exercise in public outdoors spaces on their own, with members of their household or support bubble, or with one person from another household. That includes peppering.

[NEW] How far can I travel to exercise? 

You should stay as local as possible, but can travel out of your local area if necessary (for example, to access an open space). If you need to travel, you should walk or cycle where possible, and follow guidance on safe travel.

[NEW] Can 1:1 coaching sessions take place in a public outdoor space?

Yes, in a public outdoor space, so long as social distancing is maintained. Any sports coaches or trainers doing 1:1 sessions should ensure they’re complying with relevant national governing body safeguarding policies and procedures and conduct a thorough risk assessment before engaging in any sessions. This should include particular consideration for under-18s and vulnerable adults. Coaches can also see mutliple clients in the same day.

[NEW] Can volleyball activity take place in schools?

Yes, schools have the flexibility to decide how physical education, sport and physical activity will be provided while following the measures in their system of controls. Click here for more information.

What is the definition of a support bubble?

It is the Government’s definition of a support bubble, as defined here.

Are any groups of indoor volleyball athletes, coaches or officials in England classed as elite?

No, not under the Government's current criteria. 

What is the best way to clean volleyballs?

Please seek instructions from the manufacturer on how equipment should be cleaned. Here is some guidance from three of the most common makes of volleyball:

  • Mikasa: mikasasports.co.jp/e/support/maintenance
  • Molten (please click on the relevant product to find ball care instructions): www.molten.co.jp/sports/en/volleyball/product/volleyball/index.html
  • Wilson: Wet wipes, regular disinfectant spray or cloth will not harm Wilson volleyballs, according to the manufacturer, because they are made of composite leather. Make sure volleyballs are completely dry before storing them.

Remember, balls should be cleaned between sessions and wiped down and dried during timeouts and after every set. It should be stressed that regularly sanitising your hands and not touching your face is essential to reduce the risk of transmitting Covid-19.



What must affiliated clubs do to ensure they are covered by their Volleyball England member insurance? 

Clubs must follow government and Volleyball England guidance to remain covered. For more information on the insurance cover, click here.

Is Covid-19 covered under the Volleyball England’s membership insurance?

There is no cover for contracting Covid-19 due to the challenges in pinpointing when and where it was transmitted. Affiliated clubs following Volleyball England’s guidance will receive assistance from Sports Insure should a claim be raised against a club.

Our club is affiliated to Volleyball England, but it is based outside of England, what advice should we follow?

Please heed the advice from your devolved administration. For example, clubs based in Wales should read the latest advice from Volleyball Wales and the Welsh Government.



[UPDATED] What is happening to Volleyball England competitions for the 2020/21 season?

The Board of Volleyball England has made the difficult decision to cancel the National Volleyball League as well as Junior Age-Group competitions for the 2020/21 season. For more information, click here

[UPDATED] What is the best way to contact the Hub team?

Staffing levels in Volleyball England’s Hub will be reduced throughout November. With volleyball activity on pause for the foreseeable future, we have taken the decision to revisit the furlough scheme. This will bring our service level down to meet a lower demand while protecting the sport’s future by saving money.

As a result of this decision, the Volleyball England office will be closed on every Friday throughout November. We are still here to answer your queries and help where possible, but please be aware our response times are likely to be slower than usual.

To ensure your query is answered as soon as possible, please use the email address info@volleyballengland.org. Staff are continuing to work from home and therefore do not have access to the main office phoneline. However, call forwarding has been arranged for most extensions.

Thank you for your understanding.

Can I still buy items from Volleyball England's online shop?

Yes, but we are unable to put a time frame on when those items will be shipped. Members of staff are working from home and do not currently have access to our storeroom.

If you have made an order, rest assured it will be fulfilled once we return to the office. If you have made an order and now wish to cancel it, please contact our finance team (finance@volleyballengland.org) who will be able to arrange a refund for you.


Please refer to Sport England's FAQ for more information. Do you have a question that has so far gone unanswered? Please email info@volleyballengland.org

FAQs: Volleyball and the 4-week national lockdown