OPENED – New team applications for East mids volleyball leagues

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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.

League applications

Volleyball Sainsbury games – teams announced

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

East Midlands ‘Voice’ event announced by Volleyball England

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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.


Kind regards,




Hannah Winsbury

Membership & Business Support Officer

T: 01509 227723

Funding Opportunities for Coaching in the UK

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Ten Tips for Successful Funding

1 Read the pre-application guidance. Make sure you check that your application meets the criteria, and align your submission as closely as possible to the investors’ criteria.

2 Tell a story. There are so many applications for funding these days that what stands out is telling an anecdote about how your project or organisation really helps people. Detail how the funding will lead to sustainable delivery and the long-term impact the funding could have.

3 Think outside the box. Give your bid the ‘x factor’. How will you tackle a problem in a particularly creative or innovative way? Demonstrate how your project will tackle an old problem in a refreshingly new and effective way.

4 Contact the investor to check over the application or ask questions. This shows you are keen and using initiative, offers the opportunity for valuable feedback and most importantly builds a relationship with the investor, which in turn gives you credibility.

5 Leave plenty of time between submission and project start time. This allows you to troubleshoot the project if funding isn’t received and gives you time to make sure all key partnerships are in place and briefed to ensure maximum success.

6 Make it value for money. This helps to establish the viability of the project and is also an exercise that investors will expect you to go through. Include in the bid any monetary value that voluntary hours would add as this will increase their return on investment. Think about this – if it was your money, would you invest based on the returns expected?

7 Build relationships. Show that the funding you potentially could receive will not only impact on you/your organisation but also on the wider communities and any other partner initiative/programme.

8 Do your research. Do you know about other funding and organisations in your area? Can your project be linked to these initiatives? How will the funding you are applying for complement any local priorities?

9 How will you promote what you are doing? Think about including a brief statement in the bid about how you will promote the funding received, what the communication plan is and how you will promote the investor’s brand.

10 Check, recheck and check again. Make sure your spelling, grammar and maths are consistent throughout the document. Specifically reference the investor by their correct and full name throughout the bid. Keep copies of the submission, especially if it is an online application. Do not leave your application until near the closing date, try to apply in good time. Remember – your organisation may be unsuccessful with your first applications, but there’s nothing to stop you trying again, and many organisations are successful with subsequent applications.


To view online – visit  the sports coach website 

East Midlands Junior Volleyball Competition Dates

Following on from the successful U15s and U17s East Midlands volleyball series of junior competitions last  year we are happy to announce provisional dates for the 2016 -17 season.

U15 Inter County Grand Prix

Saturday 8th October

Saturday 3rd December

Saturday 18th February

Saturday 1st April


U17 League

September TBC (dependant upon NVL preseason comp)

Saturday 5th November

Saturday 7th January

Saturday 4th March

For more info please contact – EMVA Junior development officer

Safeguarding & Club Welfare – Important info for all volleyball clubs

Volleyball England is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all young people to participate in volleyball. We all have a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of young people and protect them from poor practice, abuse and bullying.

Young people are the future of our sport, they participate in volleyball in various ways, from playing to volunteering and should be able to do so in a safe and happy environment.

Safeguarding means promoting the safety and welfare of young people. Safeguarding is a term used to incorporate good practice and is wider than “Child Protection”.  Child protection is still an essential element of this policy and is about acting on concerns about a young person or individual. 


The CPSU and NSPCC now require community sports clubs to have the following in place in regards to their provision for  the safeguarding of children and venerable adults:

 Adult-Only Clubs

  • The safeguarding and welfare role will be called the Club Welfare Officer. All literature and documentation will be amended to reflect this.
  • The Club Welfare Officer has to complete the Sports Coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop – this can be done either face to face or online. 
  • Other safeguarding courses from other sports or professional capacities are acceptable as long as it was a face to face course.
  • Club Welfare Officers are be required to upload their course details onto their online profile for authentication.

 Clubs with Junior members: 

  • The safeguarding and welfare role will be called the Club Welfare Officer. All literature and documentation will be amended to reflect this.
  • The Club Welfare Officer has to complete a face to face Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop or upload a previous details of a similar face to face workshop.
  • The Club Welfare Officer have to complete a Time to Listen Course (volleyball specific or a multisport course) Courses are detailed below.

For details on course in or around the East Mids look at our calendar

If you have any specific queries or wish to discuss a concern, please contact Rob Payne, Young People Manager via or by phone on 01509 227722

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:


Additional benefits include:

• Strength and conditioning support service

• Physiotherapy support

• Sports science services

• Fitness suite membership

• Use of Performance Suite

• Lifestyle support service

• Discounted accommodation

• Sports scholarship kit

• Dedicated athlete liaison officer


For more info download the brochure and/or contact Derby Uni

East Mids juniors competing on the national stage

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On Sunday 15th May, Ashfield Vipers competed in the finals of the U15 National Championship at Loughborough University, featuring the last 6 teams in the competition.

They were drawn in a tough pool with Tameside and Beach Academy, who both went on to make the final. Both pool matches were competitive, but ultimately ended in defeat.

This left the team in the 5th place play off versus City of Salford and having won a tight 1st set 25-23, Vipers dominated the 2nd set, winning 25-7.

The girls have made great progress over the course of the season, and can take a lot of pride from finishing 5th in the country.

The Vipers based at Ashfield School also compete in the NVL DIv 3 and heavily feature in the East Mids junior development squads.

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