BIG ideas to mark volleyball’s BIG return

5th February 2021

BIG ideas to mark volleyball’s BIG return

Have you got an idea for a brand-new competition to celebrate and promote the big bang return of volleyball?

Volleyball England is inviting innovators and creative thinkers, from in and outside of the volleyball community, to attend an ideas evening on Wednesday, 17th February.

We’re talking about thinking outside of the box in a major way, not incremental changes, to create an even bigger buzz around the sport’s comeback. Debate at the online event – titled ‘The Next Big Idea’ – will focus on two areas:

  • What new competitive game formats could we consider introducing, post-Covid, that could generate increased interest in our sport and provide clubs with new ways of attracting and retaining players, while also opening up possible new commercial opportunities and revenue streams?
  • Once Covid restrictions are lifted, what possible one-off event (or series of events) could we consider running to celebrate the return of our sport, to raise its profile and to provide an opportunity for clubs / members to get straight back into some form of competitive action?

These fresh ideas will feed into Volleyball England’s forward planning for competitions in 2021 and beyond.

Sue Storey, Chief Executive of Volleyball England, said: “It doesn’t matter if you’ve thought of something completely new or have taken inspiration from another competition, country or sport. As long as your idea is big and relates to volleyball competitions, we want to hear it.

“There are many fantastic creative thinkers and innovators out there and I hope they can join us to rethink and reimagine volleyball competitions as we work to build back better in 2021.”

If you’re interested in taking part, details of how to sign up will be released on the Volleyball England website on Tuesday, 9th February.

Although hindered by the Covid-19 pandemic, Volleyball England has been busy working on its new 10-year strategy, The Game Plan. Great progress has been made to embed data and insights activity across the organisation and a strategy implementation plan is close to being finalised.

The Next Big Idea is also heavily influenced by two of the new strategic pillars from The Game Plan – Get Keep Grow and An Ace Service – as Volleyball England seeks to incorporate new ideas and continuously improve products and services.

When is The Next Big Idea taking place?

The online event will take place on Wednesday, 17th February. It will begin at 6.30pm and end around 8.30pm. 

What can I expect from the evening? 

Two hours may sound like a long time but once the discussion starts flowing, it will pass by quickly. So, to keep the debate on track, Simon Kirkland, Managing Director of consultancy Sport Structures, will be on hand to facilitate the session.  

The evening will begin with an introduction and overview from Adam Walker, Chair of Volleyball England. Other members of the Volleyball England Hub and Board will also be present on the video meeting.

Attendees will then be split into breakout rooms to talk through creative ideas prompted by the first question. After a period of time, the groups will join back together to present their proposals. The same will follow for question two. 

Once both questions have been considered, the evening will be summarised and wrapped up. The video meeting will be recorded for information-gathering purposes and ideas will be fed into future plans.

Will the session be open to people from outside the volleyball community? 

Yes! Diversity of thought is very much welcomed.  

How do I sign up to take part?

Information on how to sign up will be published on the Volleyball England website on Tuesday, 9th February. Please note there is a limit of 36 spaces (that does not include Volleyball England staff) on the session and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If there is a greater demand to take part than anticipated, more sessions will be organised.

If you have any other questions about the event, please email, making sure to include ‘The Next Big Idea’ in the subject header.

BIG ideas to mark volleyball’s BIG return