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General FAQs: Volleyball and the coronavirus

General FAQs: Volleyball and the coronavirus
Last updated: 10/09/2020. Visit www.volleyballengland.org/coronavirus for our guidance in full   GAMEPLAY AND TRAINING [NEW] Do the new limits on gatherings from 14th September apply to volleyball? No, as long as the volleyball activity is organised by a club or similar organisation and is in line with our return to play guidance.... read more

Rewatch our return to volleyball webinar for clubs

Rewatch our return to volleyball webinar for clubs
Club chairs, secretaries and committee members attended Volleyball England’s return to play webinar on Thursday, 6th August to help them to safely kickstart volleyball activity. The session began with an overview of the general principles of returning to volleyball and then dove into the specifics for indoor, beach and outdoor volleyball. Risk assessment... read more

New Volleyball England membership year begins on 1st August

New Volleyball England membership year begins on 1st August
From 1st August, with excitement at fever pitch after the recent announcement that competitive volleyball, beach volleyball and outdoor volleyball have been given the green light to return, ensure you remain covered by renewing your club, coach and referee memberships.  Current 2019/20 memberships will expire at 11:59pm on 31st July, from... read more

Mission possible: Anaya Evans and her gold medal mentality

Mission possible: Anaya Evans and her gold medal mentality
Anaya Evans, 21, is one of England's most promising beach volleyball athletes. The 173cm split blocker/defender has been a devoted student to the sport from an early age and showed her potential last year when she made history for England on the FIVB World Tour. Anaya, who comes from Croyde Bay,... read more

Birmingham 2022 unveils beach volleyball venue

Birmingham 2022 unveils beach volleyball venue
Organisers of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham have revealed that a bespoke arena will be built in Smithfield to stage beach volleyball in two years' time. Smithfield, previously the site of Birmingham’s Wholesale Markets, is located at the heart of the city centre and will be a crucial venue for the... read more

Government gives green light for volleyball to return

Government gives green light for volleyball to return
Volleyball England is delighted to announce that the Government has given the green light for competitive indoor volleyball, beach volleyball and outdoor 6v6 volleyball to return. Actions plans for each discipline were submitted to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the last fortnight and on 27th July, the long-awaited... read more

Indoor season consultation progresses to the next stage

Indoor season consultation progresses to the next stage
Volleyball England’s Competitions Working Group (CWG) has published its latest consultation on the 2020/21 indoor volleyball season. The group is working to plan as full a competitions programme as possible for next season and has been in regular dialogue with team secretaries as the guidance from the Government develops. Now that the Government... read more

Return to volleyball support for clubs and coaches

Return to volleyball support for clubs and coaches
Leading sports organisations have published guidance to assist clubs and coaches with safely planning for the return to volleyball. And with the announcement that indoor, beach and outdoor competitions can return, now is a great time to engage with these resources from UK Coaching, CIMSPA and Sport England to support... read more

More good news: 2v2 outdoor volleyball gameplay returns

More good news: 2v2 outdoor volleyball gameplay returns
Hours before the Government’s announcement on the return of team sport and the re-opening of indoor facilities, Volleyball England received notification from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport that it supported our plans for the return of 2v2 volleyball outdoors. Making it a trio of positive announcements within 24... read more

Return to volleyball: What happens next?

Return to volleyball: What happens next?
On Thursday 9th July, the Government gave the green light for grassroots sports to return in England while also announcing that indoor sports facilities can re-open from 25th July.  For all disciplines of volleyball, it marked the most significant step back to normality since lockdown restrictions were introduced in March. Volleyball England must now submit... read more

Warm welcome for new appointments to Working Groups

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... read more

Heart & hustle: Harry Jones on his past, present and future

Heart & hustle: Harry Jones on his past, present and future
Harry Jones, 22, is a third generation volleyballer out to carve his own legacy. Born and bred in Bournemouth, the 185cm-tall player honed his beach volleyball game on the south coast and now competes internationally, last appearing at a 1-star FIVB tournament in Langkawi, Malaysia in March. Despite his globe-trotting, it’s... read more

Beach Team Leader appointed for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Beach Team Leader appointed for 2022 Commonwealth Games
Volleyball England and Team England have appointed Chris Jones as the Beach Volleyball Team Leader for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Beginning in October, Chris will play a key role in supporting the beach volleyball teams in the run up to, during and immediately after the Commonwealth Games. Chris lives in Birmingham... read more

Bournemouth to Qatar: The journey of England’s late bloomer

Bournemouth to Qatar: The journey of England’s late bloomer
Experienced beach athlete Mark Garcia-Kidd shares the highs and lows of competing on the international stage. Nicknamed ‘England’s late bloomer’ for finding his best form after around seven years of competitive play, the 30-year-old defender, who stands at 191cm tall, last played for England in March at the 4-star FIVB World... read more

Would you like to establish a sitting volleyball team?

Would you like to establish a sitting volleyball team?
The Volleyball England Foundation, a charitable organisation that is closely aligned to Volleyball England, has launched a round of funding to support affiliated clubs that want to establish a sitting volleyball team. Interested parties have until 11th December to apply for a maximum of £1,000 from this pot. This money will then... read more

Volleyball England AGM postponed

Volleyball England AGM postponed
Volleyball England’s annual general meeting (AGM) has been postponed until a later date. Originally set for 25th July, the AGM is now likely to take place between mid-August and mid-September. Since reaffirming the date of our AGM, our auditors have advised that they cannot guarantee the signed accounts will be available in time. This... read more

Volleyball England’s return to play road map

Volleyball England’s return to play road map
Volleyball England has issued a framework for returning to full unrestricted play for volleyball, beach volleyball and sitting volleyball. This document features four phases, from Phase 1: the previous situation whereby only outdoor volleyball training/exercise can take place where social distancing is maintained with those outside of your own household, to Phase... read more

An update on Volleyball England’s 20/21 indoor season plans

An update on Volleyball England’s 20/21 indoor season plans
Volleyball England’s Competitions Working Group launched a consultation on our 2020/21 indoor season at the end of May. As that process is now complete, we can share the common themes from the feedback and let you know about the next steps. Thank you to everyone that shared their thoughts, it was... read more

Ellie Austin: Following in the footsteps of a beach legend

Ellie Austin: Following in the footsteps of a beach legend
In 2019, rising beach volleyball star Ellie Austin achieved a historic bronze medal for England with partner Anaya Evans. The 180cm-tall split blocker, of Croyde, is the daughter of beach volleyball stalwart Denise Austin and is currently a student athlete at Florida Atlantic University in the USA. Ellie, 18, has already... read more

‘Turn up, stand tall, try hard’ - Q&A with Sam Dunbavin

‘Turn up, stand tall, try hard’ - Q&A with Sam Dunbavin
Sam Dunbavin, 24, of Croyde, shares his experience of representing England on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. The 189cm-tall split blocker is currently partnered with Haydn Lawson. How did you get into beach volleyball? I got into volleyball when I was 11 years old. I had just started secondary school and there... read more

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