East Midlands Volleyball News
East 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.
East Midlands Volleyball News
In November, 12 teams from four schools traveled to Spalding High School to play in this year’s Lincolnshire South East School Sport Partnership Volleyball. Many pupils had not played volleyball before and it was great to see how quickly they improved as the day progressed. All teams played seven matches with pool games in the morning followed by knockouts. All the children displayed excellent teamwork, passion and respect. Organiser Rupert Gibson, of Agilitas Sports, gave huge thanks to Spalding High School for hosting the event and providing pupils from their Leadership Academy to officiate. Results: 1st Langtoft A; 2nd Moulton … Read More
Volleyball Review – End of Year Over the summer the EMVA held the Annual General Meeting and awards evening. As always, the volunteers that make up the committee come together with members of the various clubs across the East Midlands. Especially important is to celebrate the volleyball achievements from the past 12 months and discuss how to improve and increase volleyball participation across the region. Junior Volleyball On top of what local clubs do for their junior players the EMVA has been supporting this with the regional development training squads. Secondly, the Grand Prix competitions have been instrumental in helping … Read More
In between all the usual summer volleyball tournaments that players can enjoy (Sandbanks, Bridlington, Bristol, Cambridge to name just a few) East midlands players had a couple of events more local to attend and enjoy. The East Midlands is host to 2 sand courts areas, Loughborough and Kettering and they have been busy. Kettering is home to the National Volleyball Centre as well as several sand volleyball courts. They have been holding a regular ‘King of the Beach’ competiton and also held one of the East Mids Junior sessions. Loughborough University home to Volleyball England head office and 3 sand courts has held … Read More
Former Nottingham Rockets player Ieuan Lamb has arrived in Sweden ready for pre-season at professional club Vingåkers Volleybollklubb. Ieuan started his volleyball career at Nottingham Rockets and East Midlands junior squads and it continued when he went to University in Sheffield. He went on to play for the England Juniors team at the under 19 and under 20 CEV European Championships. He also played in the Super 8s league for Sheffield Hallam, where he played in the 2015 NVL Cup and Super 8s playoff finals. Good luck with your professional career.
This year we are excited to offer the first ever East Midlands Junior Beach volleyball series. The u15 (year 10 and below) event will provide an opportunity for players to gain experience of beach volleyball with coaching and a mini tournament. The u18 (year 13 and below) events will culminate in a championship on July 22nd, with the format being 2v2. Each session will have a cost of £3 per player. Players are advised to bring appropriate clothing, sun and eye protection for all weathers. Players should also bring a packed lunch and multiple drinks. U15s Junior Beach – … Read More
This years Volleyball England Junior Inter-Regionals competition took place again over May bank holiday at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering. Teams from the East midlands Girls (U14 & U16) and Boys (U15 & U17) junior squads ventured down to compete against the country’s finest junior development programs. Girls results from the 2017 Inter Regional Championship, open to the 9 English regions, along with Northern Ireland: U16s finished 5th following victories against East and London. U14B finish 5th following victories against South West and London. U14A finish 2nd, beating London in the … Read More
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 … Read More
Derby University has now officially started a volleyball scholarship programme for talented students
Derby University has now officially started a scholarship programme for talented students that want to join or choose to study at Derby University. Students that will sign up via the UCAS procedure for September 2017, and who like to continue in performance sport will be able to have great financial help.
For this year, they will also accept students that have graduated already, but who are interested to follow a Masters. Especially high level Seniors playing Super8 or National Juniors are our focus. Scholarships vary from £1500 to £6000 per year and in the enclosed brochure is all information included.
A University of Derby sports scholarship could help you achieve your sporting goals. They provide financial support at different levels depending on your sporting achievements, as well as a range of other benefits for all our sponsored athletes.
They’ll help you reach your full potential by striking the perfect balance between your sporting activities and training and your studies. Students competing in all BUCS sports are welcome to apply for a scholarship. Please note that there are a limited number available, and offers are made at the Team Derby panel’s discretion.
There are three scholarship tiers and successful applicants will receive the following support and be required to compete at the levels outlined below:
Brand New! Junior beach volleyball Coach led sessions and 16+ recreational grand prix sessions are running on the beach courts at the National Volleyball Centre (Arena Sports) on Thursday evenings. Let’s Play Beach volleyball coach led sessions What? Junior beach volleyball coach led sessions by Steve Jones (Volleyball England course tutor and EMVA Chair) Who? – Anyone in school year’s 9-11 Cost? – £1.00 per session When? – Starting Thursday 19th May – Thursday 30th June 5:00 – 6:30pm 16+ Recreational Grand Prix Series 3 v 3 Beach Grand Prix Tournament In the following weeks teams will be arranged on … Read More
Volleyball England and Sport Nottinghamshire are working in partnership in order to develop a recreational and social, outdoor Go Spike Workplace League that is accessible to all workplaces, is easy to implement as well as being sustainable for workplaces and its participants. No previous experience is required to come along to the taster sessions or enter the league, we will be holding taster sessions in order to introduce you and your team to the simple rules of volleyball. Following the two taster sessions we will be asking you if you wish to commit to the league and will enter you officially … Read More
The first Sitting Grand Prix of the season took place at the Ashcombe Volleyball Centre in Dorking on Sunday 20th September, which featured many familiar faces from last season as well as some eager new recruits. Tier 1 of the competition included the top four teams from last season’s Grand Prix series. Defending champions, East London Lynx were looking for a strong display to demonstrate they were still the team to beat. There were a number of close matches in Tier 1 with Newcastle Staffs playing to three sets in each of their three matches. Their first match saw a … Read More
Sitting Volleyball – Derby Sitting Volleyball sessions are starting at Derby Arena on Wednesday 9 September at 8.30pm until 10pm and will cost £5 per person. Sitting volleyball has grown to be one of the most popular Paralympic sport due to the fast and exciting action. At club level, the game offers both disabled and non-disabled players the opportunity to compete both with and against each other. A brief overview of the game:•Sitting Volleyball is played on a 10 x 6 meter court•The game is played with a 0.8 meter wide net set to a height of 1.15 meters for … Read More
Volleyball Belper’s inaugural Go Spike! event in conjunction with Volleyball England. Taking place at Belper Meadows as part of Belper Wakes 2015. Come and join us on 25th May:– Free community event– Everyone welcome! – New players, friends and family– Try volleyball for the first time! If you have any questions please leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s that time of year again, our 3rd Annual Go Spike! Big Weekend Volleyball Event, sponsored by Volleyball England, University of Nottingham Volleyball Club, Nottingham Trent University, and the Nottinghamshire Volleyball Association! Last year’s event won Volleyball England’s Event of the Year 2014-2015! Come join us at Wollaton Park for a day of volleyball! HIGHLIGHTS:☼ Free event for the community☼ Family & friends welcome!☼ Taster courts for first timers / beginners (all day)☼ Sitting volleyball available☼ Mini league tournament for all levels, 1pm start☼ Prizes available for participation!☼ TRY THE GO SPIKE! SPEED CAGE FOR FREE!☼ Parking is available, charges … Read More
If you would like to attend please sign up using this link – Volleyball England Voice Tour
Volleyball England have the capacity to fund 10 clubs so please tell them, when applying, how your club will utilise the training courts. If successful, your club’s Volleyball court space could be doubled by the end of April. Instead of having one lengthways Volleyball court in your sports hall, the project installs two training courts widthways across your sports hall. This will allow more players to take part whilst providing enough court space to train in. To do this, Volleyball England will provide a new set of club standard posts and a net which can be used along with your … Read More
Cagliari, Italy, November 1, 2014 – All 210 attending national volleyball federations gave a spontaneous two-minute standing ovation on Saturday as a show of support to President of the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Dr. Ary S. Graça F°’s plea to Iran to release British-Iranian detainee Ghoncheh Ghavami who has been detained for 18 weeks for trying to attend a men’s volleyball match in Tehran. President Graça addressed the federations at the end of the 34th FIVB World Congress in Cagliari by reminding them of Ghavami’s plight and the need to show unified support to secure her release and reminding … Read More
Dear All I have had confirmation from Volleyball England that a Grade 4 referees course will be held on Sat 4th October (9am -6pm) at Spalding Grammar School, Priory Road, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 2XH (Home of Spalding Saracens VC). We will be in the Gym from 9-12 and the classroom after that.The cost is £50 per head but county volleyball associations (such as Cambridgeshire) have in the past pledged to pay half of the fees for any candidates. Here are directions to the venue: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Spaldingemail@example.com,-0.1534823,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4878037ea8c8eef9:0xc0e959ca359bbdbf?hl=en Candidates must be 16 or over and the course has recently been reduced from 2 days to 1 … Read More