Competitions update following emergency Board meeting
25th September 2020
Major decisions have been made in relation to Volleyball England competitions for the 2020/21 season in light of new restrictions on indoor team sports.
At an emergency meeting of the Volleyball England Board on Thursday, 24th September, it was agreed that the proposed start of the National Volleyball League in late October will no longer be possible.
In early September, the Board had backed plans for indoor competitions for the 2020/21 season. However, those plans now need heavily revising.
The Competitions Working Group (CWG) and Hub staff will now work on innovative proposals that will allow the NVL to start as soon as restrictions on indoor team sports for adults are lifted. At the moment, only 3v3 indoor volleyball gameplay is possible for adults.
While players under the age of 18 are exempt from the new restrictions, junior competitions cannot go ahead in their current format. Nevertheless, the Board was adamant that a solution should be found for the competitions to go ahead.
A new-look format had been agreed thanks to work by the CWG and Children and Young People Working Group but this needs amending to make the competitions safer.
Sue Storey, CEO of Volleyball England, said: “After so much hard work, it’s incredibly disappointing that we’ve had to put a pause on our plans for indoor competitions.
“Rest assured, we’ll be working hard to ensure competitions are ready to go as soon as possible.”