East Midlands Volleyball News

East midlands volleyball mapEast Midlands Volleyball Association strives to promote one of the best team sports in the world across the five counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire (and Rutland), Lincolnshire, Northants and Nottinghamshire.  Hence, we want to hear from you regarding anything volleyball related that has connections to the East Midlands. This is especially relevant for clubs and but also individuals within the region.

Whether you want to submit regular news or information once in a while or would like to be a site moderator. So get in touch and let us know

East Midlands Junior Volleyball

Generally speaking we are helping at a grass roots level in schools and junior clubs by creating a pathway.  From helping to develop the coaching staff through to providing a Regional Talent Development Program. There are also regular opportunities for juniors to compete at the inter- county Grand Prix competitions. Which finally concludes in the annual inter-regional competition. The East Mids training group hold its own against the other regions.

In short the EMVA wants more kids to play volleyball. That’s either at a social/recreational level or for those that are interested at a more competitive level.

As a result, many juniors have gone on to play in the England Cadets or Juniors and represented their country.  In the long run we hope that all juniors carry on playing at what ever level they feel comfortable at.

So whether it is a school looking to introduce volleyball or a Junior section of an adult club please get in touch and ask for help and advice or let us know your news.

East Midlands Volleyball – Beginners

Of course, we would always recommend that where possible complete beginners are guided by a qualified coach. Each county has at least one or two clubs that offers new-starters a guiding hand on how the game is played. Its important that when learning new skills it is done in a supportive and safe environment.

East Midlands Volleyball – Social and Recreational

Not everyone who is an experienced volleyballer (at whatever level) wants to be part of an official club.   Hence the increase of social volleyball groups popping up across the five counties. Often these groups have been created because of a common bond, whether it is by nationality, work or locality.  Some are a ‘closed group’ but many welcome new players outside of their circle.  They are rarely affiliated to the EMVA or Volleyball England but that doesnt stop us promoting them to a wider audience.

On the positive side, the more people we have in the East Midlands volleyball area playing the better.  So tell us about your group and get on the East midlands Volleyball map.

East Midlands Volleyball Leagues (Womens and Mens)

While there is an opportunity for players to compete at a high level in the National Volleyball League it isn’t for everyone.  So, the East Mids leagues are a good opportunity to play matches rather than just have a group ‘knockabout’.

East Midlands Volleyball – Beach Series

Usually the indoor season is September to June with the outdoor season starting when the weather starts to improve and the evenings are getting lighter.  Significantly there are only a couple of venues with sand courts.  From June to August every Tuesday evening there is a weekly Grand Prix that takes place at Loughborough Uni. For more info www.facebook.com/groups/embeach.

Kettering also has sand courts with regular meetings – https://www.facebook.com/ketteringvolleyball/

East Midlands Volleyball – National League Clubs

Whether you are moving in to the area or a local ‘improving’ player and looking to play at a higher level we have the clubs for you. Every county is home to at least one NVL team.

So, you have every opportunity to learn, develop, train and play volleyball in the region.  While at the same time you can do this at the right level for you – Junior, Social, Recreational, Regional or National.

East Midlands Volleyball  – Volunteers

Given that we have all this activity locally it should be obvious that there is always a need for volunteers. The first thing to remember is that Volleyball isnt as popular as football, rugby or cricket.  Not surprisingly it is quite often a small core of volunteers that support in each club and the county associations.  Due to this even the East midlands volleyball association suffer from a lack of volunteers.  Whether it is match volunteers, coaching support or local match referees you can get involved.  Even if it is once in a while, every little helps.

East Midlands Volleyball – Coaches

By and large the coaches in the East Mids are unpaid volunteer force apart from the University coaches perhaps.  So, it obvious we should cherish them for the many hours they put in each week.  Especially as many also have full-time jobs too.  As a result clubs are always looking for volunteers to support them.  Whether it is just an hour a week you can give or more, anything will be gratefully received.  If you are interested in doing more a Level 1 coaching course is an ideal start.  Courses are being held in the region every year.

East Midlands Volleyball – Referees

The least appreciated volunteer role is certainly the referee. Generally speaking we simply do not have enough in the region and are always looking new blood.  Also if you have done a referees course in the past and feel you are too rusty get in touch.  In fact, we can help you get involved again by mentoring you if that is needed.

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