East Midlands Volleyball Association
We are the regional body that administers, develops and encourages volleyball in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire in conjunction with each county association.
One of our other aims is to increase volleyball participation in education and increase the number of Junior clubs which will feed through to our regional squads which compete at a national level. So if you are a pupil, teacher or junior club leader and would like some help and information on how to introduce volleyball into your environment please contact us.
We are called Leicester Athena VC and we are a women’s club based at the Leicester Community Sports Arena (where Leicester Riders Basketball team play). We train on Friday evenings with beginners/juniors from 7 pm and advanced players from 8 pm.
We are determined to become a large and vibrant club that welcomes players of all abilities and backgrounds.
You can find us via our website: http://athenavolleyball.weebly.com/
Via Twitter: https://twitter.com/athenaleicvc
Or via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/259949584345429/
If you are a junior, a beginner or a more experienced player and you want to become part of our club, please do get in touch.
The 3rd round of matches in the East Midlands U17 Grand Prix took place at Loughborough College today.
U17s girls grand prix
In a great girls competition, the top teams both won 3 matches and drew one, so the winner was based on points difference from all matches, which narrowly put Vipers A ahead of Hermitage. The final standings were as follows:
This leaves the current standings for the season as:
U17s boys grand prix
In a high quality boys competition, where all teams have shown great progress since the start of the season, the final standings were as follows:
This leaves the current standings for the season as:
The final Grand Prix of the season will be at Loughborough College on Saturday 4th March, 12pm until 5pm.
Its that time of year again where we ask for current league teams to re-register and ask for new teams to join us.
Mens 1 – Melton Men (Runners Up – Kettering)
Mens 2 – Darkstar Derbyshire (Runners Up – Leicester VC)
And the MVPs from each league
Womens 1 – Jess Stock (Nottm Rockets)
Mens 1 – Kris Kuksa (Nottm Casualties)
Mens 2 – Calvin Moss (Belper Hammers)
The format for this year.....
Melton men have decided to drop out of Div 1 to allow them to concentrate more on their NVL (MN2) commitment (possibly putting a team into Div 2 instead). This means that both Darkstar 3 and Leicester VC are automatically promoted from Div 2 to Div 1.. congratulations to both teams.
So provisionally we have the following
Mens 1 Mens 2 Womens 1
Kettering Hermitage Darkstar womens 2
Polonia Leicester Belper Hammers Ashfield Vipers
Darkstar mens 2 Ashfield Vipers Nottm Rockets
Nottm Casualties Loughborough Uni students Hermitage
Darkstar mens 3 Northampton Outlanders Lincoln Leopards
Leicester VC Loughborough Uni students
This is all dependent on teams above re-registering and we are aware that there are a number of potential teams that have expressed an interest in joining up too.
If we have enough new teams sign up we will look at adding a second womens league and possibly a 3rd men’s league.
It is still the case that Mens Div 2 teams can have women playing for them. We hope this allows new teams to establish themselves and hopefully in the future get enough women interested in playing that they can submit a team in to the womens league as well.
NVL players - we allow NVL registered players to participate in the East Mids leagues.
Mens 1 - max of 4 on court at anytime (including libero)
Mens 2 - max of 3 on court at anytime (including libero)
Womens - max of 3 on court at anytime (including libero)
U18s at the date of 01/09/16 are classed as U18s for the whole season and are not counted as NVL players.
We appreciate that it is difficult to find court time, referees and volunteers to score etc... How about considering organising triangulars? Need help with anything at all just get in touch
Registration forms for teams and players are attached with this seasons rules. Any questions let me know.
Also attached is a county contact form.. can we ask that all county associations and clubs fill this in as much as they can as we are always battling to have up to date contact information.
Can you contact us as soon as possible to say you want to re-register or submit a new team please. Forms need to be sent back before the end of September.
Most counties in the East mids region organise leagues and/or competitions through the standard season (Sept to May) whether it is mixed-sex leagues, mens & womens leagues or grand prix style events.
These cater for social / recreational groups as well as clubs that compete in the regional and national leagues.
Every year the East Midlands Volleyball Association opens up applications to all groups, clubs and entities that are interested in competing in the EMVA regional league.
We will consider any application from inside the East midlands region (and possibly if you are just outside).
We have 1x womens league and 2x mens leagues (D1 & D2) with the Mens Div 2 accepting applications from mixed-sex teams.
This was introduced last year to help new or developing clubs compete at a higher level than just the local scene and if they dont have enough players to submit a womens team or mens team entirely it will hellp them to grow.
The level in all 3 leagues is competitive and many teams feature National league players (restricted numbers on court).
We recommend a minimum of 8 players committed to the team to make it viable.
So if you are an established group or club that wants to enter into the league or a new club that needs an outlet to play against others get in touch.
Following double success at the 2015 Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester, where both England Junior Men and England Junior Women won gold, the squad selections are in for this year’s competition.
Final preparations were made at the National Volleyball Centre last weekend, where head coaches Ross Enfield, Howard Ainsworth, Luis Bello and Dave Roberts cast keen eyes over their teams at the national training camp.
This year features one of the East Mids own juniors - Jack Arnold who has represented his club (Nottingham Rockets), the EMVA as captain at the Inter-regionals and has already represented his country internationally.
Set to be held in Loughborough on 1-4 September at the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall, the competition is sure to be entertaining, with tickets currently on sale and selling fast. Spectators can currently use the discount code, ‘2016SGEARLYBIRD’ for £2.50 off all listed ticket prices here.
England Junior Men
Jack Arnold Ed Van Windergen (C)
Austin Pearce Ashley Toomey
Reggie Lathbridge Jacob Jones
Zak Chambers Dan Sach
George Longmore Theo Lucas
Joe Polombo Jack Williams
England Junior Women
Lucy Blick Amy Lane (C)
Nicole Short Rebecca Fallow
Lauren Short Katie Keefe
Hannah Monks Megan Lakeman
Siobhan Watson Martha Bullen
Izzy Popiolek Chloe Ward-Cochrane
England Cadet Boys
Ali Ahmed Noah Goalen
Yoan Kuzmanov Ruben Forde
Freddie Bialokoz Iraj Safaee
Adam Ketley Sam Marsh
Ben Lucas Daniel Thompson
Joaquin Bello Javier Bello (C)
England Cadet Girls
Isobel Russell Tejah Mossman-Jolley
Zsofia Omoshebi Ellie Austin
Anna Keefe (C) Lauren Huggins
Holly Bentley Georgia McGovern
Mattea Goalen Katy Murmanis
Saskia Schoeffel Charlotte Wittram
Volleyball England have announced that the East Midlands Volleyball Voice 2016 event has been confirmed.
Date: Wednesday 7th September
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Venue: SportPark, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 2DY
There is plenty of parking available at SportPark, and the venue is easily accessible via pubic transport. Refreshments will be provided.
The Volleyball Voice is for everybody, and we need your help in attracting as many clubs, coaches, referees and players as possible.
Could I please ask you to begin to promote this through your leagues, clubs and networks? We have put together an agenda based on feedback from our members, including the new Sport England strategy, and funding and marketing workshops. In addition to this, there will be a thirty minute Q&A session to kick off the Volleyball Voice and we would ask you and your club members to please email through your questions to form this discussion.
If you could get back to me by Friday 22nd August with any potential questions and also any attendees confirmed (either yourselves, or other club or association members) that would be fantastic.
I look forward to hearing from you, and hope to see many of your at the Volleyball Voice on the 7th September.
Membership & Business Support Officer
T: 01509 227723