Go Spike – Beach Volleyball in Kettering every Thursday until end of June 2016

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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

Go Spike on the beach - kettering may to june 201616+ Recreational Grand Prix Series

3 v 3 Beach Grand Prix Tournament

In the following weeks teams will be arranged on the night and players will score as individuals

Who? – Anyone aged 16+ and would like to give beach volleyball a try. This is the ideal opportunity to come along with your mates and try some beach volleyball.

Cost? – £2.00 per session

When? – Starting Thursday 19th May – Thursday 30th June

Week 1: Turn up and play session

Week 2-7: Grand Prix series

7:00 – 8:30/9:00pm

East Midlands social volleyball league is back for summer 2016

Last year saw a wide group of players from all 4 corners of the East mids region descend on the sand courts at Loughborough University. Each Tuesday evening they were split into random groups of players and played a series of mini games.  It starts again from 7th June onwards.

How does it work?

At each event points are awarded to teams depending on their ranking.  Every player takes those points forward to the next event they attend. The points accumalate over summer and on the final Tuesday evening a King and Queen of the court are crowned based on who has the highest number of points.

For more information visit the Facebook page for sign up details



Nottingham Workplace Volleyball League

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 in to the league!

There is an attachment at the bottom of this post with more information and here is a link to the the sign up page

Nottingham workplace volleyball league sign up

Volleyball England – Changes to welfare officer requirements


You may have already seen this, however we asked for clarification on certain aspects. We were told the following..

All Volleyball England affiliated clubs MUST have in place a welfare officer before the start of the 2016/17 season, also that welfare officer but have attended the the Sport Coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course.

This is regardless of whether your club caters for Under 18’s or not, except Colleges and Universities that already have welfare provision in place.

“if clubs cater for under 18’s the Time to Listen Workshop detailed in the email below must also be attended by the welfare officer.”

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Book now onto our Time To Listen Courses
Six scheduled so far across England
Time To Listen (TTL) is a volleyball-specific workshop designed to support Club Welfare Officers.  The workshop uses easy to follow, practical volleyball-related examples and case studies to enable you to fully understand your role in the club and how you can effectively safeguard young people and vulnerable adults in your care.
TTL is developed by the Child Protection in Sport Unit of the NSPCC.
Click here to find your course and book
For more information on Time to Listen courses, how to set up a course in your locality or anything else safeguarding related please contact

– Rob Payne ( Safeguarding Lead) 

– r.payne@volleyballengland.org

– 01509 227738


What will you learn?

The workshop includes the following topics:

  • What the roles and responsibilities of key people in the safeguarding process are such as your role as a Club Welfare Officer
  • How Volleyball England supports you and your club in safeguarding matters
  • How Volleyball England’s reporting procedure works
  • What an ‘aware club’ is
  • How to involve young people in your club
  • How to develop best practice in your club
  • How government guidance/legislation relates to your role and Volleyball England.

East Mids Volleyball – U15 Inter county competition update


The successful junior volleyball competion events in the East Midlands regions keep on rolling. We can now confirm the remaining 2 Inter County (U15s) Grand Prix’s will be as follows:
Saturday 20th February   10am until 1pm
Elizabeth Woodville School North Campus, Sturgess Way, Roade, Northampton, NN7 2LP
Saturday 30th April    10am until 1pm
Broomfield College, Morley, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 6DN

If there are any new schools / clubs / teams interested in submitting a team please get in touch with the regions Junior Volleyball Development Coach.



East Mids Volleyball Leagues 2015-16

The East Midlands Volleyball league is now underway and good luck to you all.

Womens League
Ashfield Vipers
Nottm Rockets
Loughborough Students
Darkstar Derby
Lincoln Leopards

6 teams again and its good to see that Lincoln have managed to stay in the league as well as joining the NVL.
Are there any more womens teams out there?

Mens 1 League
Nottm Casualties
Polonia Leicester
Darkstar Derby 2
Kettering 1
Unfortunately Lincoln men who have been very strong over the last few years have decided to enter the NVL this year which has meant they dont have enough non-NVL players (max of 3x NVL players on court rule) to play.. We wish them well. Polonia and Kettering were promoted at the end of last season. 
Mens 2 League
Ashfield Vipers
Chesterfield Cobras
Loughborough Students
Darkstar Derby 3
Northampton Outlanders VC
Belper Hammers VC
Leicester VC
Mens 2 has seven teams this year with 2 brand new teams (Leicester & Belper) and Darkstar Derby have entered a 2nd mens team and and on top of that we almost had 2 more (Derby VC & Loughborough Panthers).. maybe next season.

East Midlands Volleyball – Juniors Regional Training 2015-16

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The East midlands has a thriving junior volleyball program which has monthly training sessions and competitions, this all leads up to the Inter- Regional competition that is usually held in May and has been hosted at UEL in London for the last 2 years. We submit girls U14 & U16s  and boys U15 & U17s and have experienced some great successes over the previous 5 years. 

Any juniors wishing to take part in the monthly training sessions need to get in contact with their club coach/teacher firstly… or if they wish to email us at coachingteam@eastmidlandsvb.com for further details.

Girls volleyball training (Yr 7 to 11)

Sunday – 18/10 at Ashfield School, Notts 1000 – 1400

Further dates to ba announced

East midlands junior volleyballBoys volleyball training (Yr 7 to 12)

The following bookings at Hermitage leisure centre, Leics are confirmed.
Sat – 31/10 – (1130 – 1430)
Sun – 29/11 – (1200 – 1500)
Sat – 19/12 – (1200 – 1500)

On their first training they need to bring with them…

Training kit and trainers
Water bottle
Knee pads
Parent/Guardian details (Name, Mobile, Email address)

The cost per player per session is £3.00


U15 Inter county Grand Prix – Saturday 17/10 at Ashfield School, Notts 1200 – 1600

U17 East Midlands League – Saturday 7/11 at Loughborough College 0900 – 1230

New rule changes for 2015-16 volleyball season

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These briefing notes are to highlight the rule amendments that were adopted by FIVB in the Rules of Game from the 1st May 2015 and in Volleyball England competition from the 1st September 2015 and the NVL regulation ammendments for the season 2015-16. Further information on the regulations can be found in the NVL handbook pages 122-124.


For any questions please contact the EMVA Referee Development Officer




Rule 4.1 – Team Composition
Each Team will be able to name 12 players including up to 2 Liberos for each match. The number of Liberos is clarified: where the team has 12 players they may have 0, 1 or 2 Liberos
A maximum of 5 staff members on the bench including the coach are chosen by the coach and listed on the scoresheet. Comment: The bench personnel are no longer referred to as C, AC, AC, M and T.

Rule 4.5 – Forbidden Objects
Compression pads may be worn for the protection or support in consideration of the player’s health. They should not be used as an aid in playing the ball and hence they should not include padding when worn on the arms.

Rule 6.1.3 – Rally and completed rally
A rally is a sequence of playing actions from the moment of the service hit by the server until the ball is out of play. A completed rally is the sequence of playing actions which results in an award of a point. This includes the award of a penalty and the loss of service from a serving fault beyond the time limit.

Rule 8.3 – Ball In
The 2014 Guidelines stated that the ball contact with the floor was the first contact with the floor regardless of what happen subsequently. The ball contact is now considered with compression – the wording is now “The ball is “in” if at any moment of its contact with the floor, some part of the ball touches the court, including the boundary lines.”

Rule 11.3 – Contact with the Net
Contact of the net by a player between the antennae during the action of playing the ball is a fault (Important – between the antennae and also the whole body of the net). The action of playing the ball includes amongst others take-off, hit or attempt, and landing.
Rule 11.4.4 – A player interferes with play – By touching the net between the antennae, or the antenna itself during his / her action of playing the ball. NOTE there is no more legal contact below the net band. Players close to the ball as it is played, or who are trying to play it, are considered in the action of playing the ball, even if no contact is made with the ball.

In the new Guidelines there is a comment about the current developments in behaviour.
Guideline Rule 20 / 21 part 2.
It is important to remember, that according to rule 21.2.1, the behaviour of the participants should be respectful and courteous, also toward the officials, their team mates and spectators. This includes excessive play-acting or demonstration. A volleyball match is a sportive show of players, but not the team officials. It is the instruction that if the team officials indulge in this behaviour the 1st Referee must strictly apply the sanctions scale. The show must be for the play on the court and not for peripheral issues which detract from the main purpose of entertaining the crowd with spectacular play.
The consequence of this is therefore an immediate red card.

The amendments to the NVL playing regulations can be found on pages 122-124 of the 2015-16 NVL Handbook.
Technical Time-Outs
There are no Technical time-outs in NVL Divisions 2 and 3 and also the VE Cup

Registration Cards
All bench personnel must have the appropriate bench personnel card for the team they wish to sit on the bench for. Registration cards are no longer issued and teams must have the appropriate print out from the website of all the players eligible for the match. If the player does not appear on the website then they should present an email from VE office confirming the eligibility to play and the player should provide photographic identification.
Teams may register players on the day of the match provided all of the requirements for doing so are met.

Match Fees
Please not that the match fees for the NVL have changed as per the attached grid.

Single Match

Super 8s


Div 1


Div 2


Div 3


Matches 1 & 3 of a triangular

Div 2


Div 3


All three matches of a triangular (exceptional circumstances only)

Div 2


Div 3





Semis and Final



If you have any queries please contact Referee Commission
Steve Evans
Referee Commission.

Lincoln Imps Feature In First Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix Of 2015-16 Season

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 close encounter with H4H Phoenix A. The match went into a third set which went in the favour of H4H Phoenix A 15-8. Their second and third matches respectively followed suit in that they just couldn’t see the final set out. It was still a very successful day for Newcastle Staffs as they finished the day in second place in Tier 1. East London Lynx on the other hand had no problems with claiming victory as they stormed Tier 1 with three victories from three. Their first victory came after a powerful performance against Lincoln 2-0 (25-9, 25-15). East London Lynx had to work for their wins in their final two matches as both H4H Phoenix A and Newcastle Staffs took the matches to a third set. However East London Lynx showed why they are reigning Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix Series champions as they were able to claim maximum points from their final matches and claim top spot in Tier 1.

Tier 1 MVP – Tyler McClarron, Lincoln Imps and C. Francis Nduka, Help4Heroes Phoenix A.

Young Coaches and Officials Programme 2015-16

In partnership with Youth Sport Trust, Volleyball England are once again opening up a fantastic opportunity for young coaches and young officials aged 15-19 to be part of an exciting development programme! The applications are now open and the full programme prospectus can be found here.

Building on the success of the 2014-15 programme, the starting event will be a unique 4 day residential camp, based at Loughborough University, which will bring together 350 of the country’s most talented young sports people, to take part in a number of practical based workshops. The camp will test and challenge the attendees in an intense multi-sport environment and prepare them for the programme that is to follow

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