The first national volleyball competition since lockdown

12th May 2021

The first national volleyball competition since lockdown

Volleyball England is excited to announce that the postponed U15s National Championships from 2020 will take place on Saturday, 29th May at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering.

In the Girls competition, Boswells, Malory Eagles, Newcastle Staffs, Richmond, and Wales Junior Academy will compete for the title in this round-robin tournament. While in the Boys competition, Boswells, Malory Eagles, Newcastle Staffs, Stockport, and Urmston Grammar are in the running.

Rob Payne, Strategic Manager (An Ace Service) oversees competitions at Volleyball England. He said: “I’m delighted the return of national volleyball competitions is now a matter of weeks away.

“This moment has been a long time coming and it is fitting that juniors – the future of volleyball – are the first to get back on court for competitions at the National Volleyball Centre.

“As it will be the first Volleyball England competition since lockdown was first introduced in March 2020, we also intend to make this event a celebration of volleyball’s return.”

Can spectators attend the U15s National Championships?

Due to Covid-19 guidance, only players, team staff, event staff, match officials and volunteers will be allowed into the National Volleyball Centre for the event. We know this is disappointing and so we’re working on providing live coverage of the day’s events. More to be confirmed.

Is Volleyball England looking to reschedule other events from the 2019/20 season?

The U15s National Championships was one of the only national age-group events that still had eight teams remaining. Most other junior competitions had reached the final stage between two teams, and so – with Volleyball England’s support – we are encouraging clubs to organise those matches.

The 2020 Inter-Regional Championships, which was originally due to take place in May 2020 and was set to be re-organised, was cancelled.

Unplayed matches in the National Volleyball League were scored a draw, splitting the available points equally between both sides. Click here to view the final standings in each division.

The only matches yet to be contested in the Cup and Shield competitions were the finals. We felt that awarding joint winners is not the right thing to do and we are therefore looking to rearrange these games. Rearranged finals are dependent on finalists agreeing to these fixtures.

The Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix season was concluded with the most up-to-date standings being the finals results because all teams had an equal opportunity to play the same number of matches.

What is the latest on 2020/21 competitions?

The Board of Volleyball England made the difficult decision to cancel the National Volleyball League as well as Junior Age-Group competitions for the 2020/21 season.

Volleyball England previously announced that the National Cup, National Shield and Student Cup would not take place in 2020/21. The 2021 Inter-Regional Championships has been cancelled

Looking ahead, Volleyball England is working hard to organise as full a programme of volleyball as possible for 2021/22.

The first national volleyball competition since lockdown