International beach volleyball in the UK – December 2014

Volleyball England are pleased to announce that the Northern European Volleyball Zonal Association (NEVZA) Beach Championships will take place at the indoor beach facility at LeAF Academy in Bournemouth from 5th-7th December 2014.

International beach athletes from England, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland will take part in the final NEVZA beach event to take place in Europe this year.

CEV President Mr. Andre Meyer stated “It is fantastic that the final NEVZA Zonal Beach competition of 2014 will take place at the indoor beach facility, LeAF Academy in Bournemouth, England over the weekend of 5th-7th December 2014. This will be the fourth international event hosted by Volleyball England this year and we are very pleased to see the English Federation being more active within the CEV community. The CEV wishes all the participating athletes the best of luck.”

For more information visit the VE website – NEVZA beach volleyball – december 2014

2014-15 East mids volleyball league applications open

A new season approaches and applications for new teams to enter both women’s and men’s league are open. We will also need current teams to re-affirm their wish to play this season. Attached to this article is the application form which provides the rules and details that each club/team will need to provide. Apart from the obvious team contact details we are requiring the details for your club chair, treasurer and club secretary as clubs have stopped providing these annually which means we can not communicate effectively.

We will require name, email and mobile number for all players (for U18’s parents/guardian details) and all players will be registered on the EMVA website with an uploaded photo.


Per team £40 reduced to £25 if they have played all their games in the previous season.

Players £2.50 per adult – Under 18’s no charge

East Midlands volleyball league rules

A – All matches are played to the latest Volleyball England rules and it is the coaches/players’ responsibility to have an understanding of these rules.

B -For all matches the following equipment is required: If you have any challenge with any of these let us know

2 x Fixed, rounded volleyball posts / 1 x Match quality volleyball / 1 x Volleyball England Scoresheet pad / 1 x Flip scoreboard / 1x suitable competition net & antennae / 10x Line up sheets (rotation slips)

C – No more than 3x NVL registered players may be on court at one time. Unless aged under 18 as of the 1st Sep at the beginning of the 2014-15 season

D – Matches should be best of five sets, played to 25 (by 2 clear points) or to 15 (by 2 clear points) in the 5th set if required. Three league points will be awarded for a win and one league point for a loss. All matches will be recorded on an official score sheet (3x carbonated sheets) a copy to be given to away team Match results will need to be recorded on (details to follow)

E– It is the responsibility of the home team to arrange the necessary officials. As a minimum:

a) 1x Volleyball England qualified and registered referee (minimum Grade 4) –

b) A trained scorer comfortable with completing the score sheet

c) and if poss 2 line judges (nice to have but not essential)

F– The fixtures will be split into 2 sections – 1/10/14 – 31/1/15 and then 1/2/15 – 30/5/15. It is the responsibility of both teams to make sure the fixtures are arranged with in that given period and all reasonable efforts must be made to arrange them. If a match isn’t played within the given period it is forfeited…. there will be no carry over.

Any forfeited games will be investigated by the EMVA fixtures secretary and a decision will be made to the awarding of points. When arranging matches all correspondence should be CC’d to

If a team has restrictions on player availability (ie University term times) at different times of the season we can look to adjust things.. you must discuss these with us as soon as possible.

G– After a fixture is arranged if either side cancel within five days before the fixture, the other team will be awarded the match 25-0 25-0 25-0.

H – All players must be registered with East midlands volleyball association prior to playing a regional league match. Players may only be registered for one regional league team at any one time. For in-season transfers contact EMVA fixtures secretary.

I – League positioning will be determined as follows: 1) League points 2) Sets ratio (sets for ÷ sets against) 3) Points ratio (points for ÷ points against) 4) Matches between the two teams.

Promotion/Relegation – Mens Top/Bottom teams will be promoted/relegated respectively 2nd Top/Bottom teams will playoff to determine relegation/promotion (this may change subject to number of teams entered into div 2)


Any appeal against the rules of the EMVA should be forwarded by email or in writing to the League Secretary by the 31st May 2014. Appeals to any subsequent decision must be made within seven days to the EMVA Secretary, where the Volleyball England appeals process will be followed. The decision of the EMVA Committee will be final.


Each team will need to nominate an MVP (most valuable player) from the opposing side at each match and these need to be recorded on the match scoresheet. Each season there will be an award (per league) for the player with the most votes


Volleyball England have changed the sanction rules in 2013 – we hope that it doesn’t come to this, however… 

Yellow card – formal warning only    Red Card – Team sanction – opposing side gains serve and 1pt

Red and Yellow(held separately) – Player (or bench personnel) is expelled off court – No team sanction

Red and Yellow(held together) – Player (or bench personnel) is disqualified from match – No team sanction

If a player (or bench personnel) is expelled or disqualified the referee will need to send a match report to the fixtures secretary. In the event of an expelling or disqualification and after due consideration a further sanction may be applied by the EMVA.

Errors and ommissions

EMVA reserve the right to change the structure, rules or administration of the East mid leagues and in the event of an error or omission being identified will communicate to all teams as soon as possible.

East Midlands volleyball league champions 2013-14


We can now announce the final standings of all 3 leagues (attached league tables).

Well done to Ashfield Vipers who are Women’s Champions for the 2nd season in a row and Nottingham Rockets who are runners up.

Men’s Div 1 was a close call with both Melton and Lincoln achieving 8 out of 10 wins… it came down to sets difference and although both teams had the same set difference  Lincoln had a better ratio… so congratulations to the Div 1 champions Lincoln Lynx and Melton as runners up.
League table_-_2013-14_Mens_Div1
Men’s Div 2 champions are Nottingham Casualties with Ashfield Vipers as runner up which means Casualties are automatically promoted in place of Hermitage and Vipers have a play off with Leicester Polonia Scorpians.
This match needs to be completed before the start of next season and with the current list of players registered for the 2013-14 season.

League table_-_2013-14_Mens_Div2
Registrations for the next season are now open and we hope to see all current teams registering again. Any new teams are also welcome and need to contact the association secretary –

As reported on our website and facebook page the East Mids association’s AGM  is on Wednesday 16th @ 19.00hrs (7pm) and is being held at

Volleyball England
Loughborough University
3 Oakwood Drive
LE11 3QF

We will be celebrating the winners and runners up at the meeting alongside the AGM which is looking for new volunteers.
The number of volunteers prepared to join in to help develop volleyball across the East Midlands has significantly dwindled over the last 3 years. This can even be seen in the lower number of active coaches and referees in the area.. so if you are an aspiring coach/referee or a lapsed coach/referee that would like to get back into get in touch.

Chair person – currently vacant
Secretary – currently vacant
Womens league secretary – currently vacant
Mens league secretary – currently vacant
Coach development officer – currently vacant
Referee development officer
Sitting volleyball development officer – currently vacant
Child welfare officer – currently vacant
Web admin officer
Junior development officer
Junior coaches – vacancies available

If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer please get in touch as soon as possible as applications need to be submitted a minimum of 3 days before the AGM for it to be eligible.
Contact us on the EMVA secretary contact page or directly –

Civil service event – Yellowave (Brighton)

Civil service_east_mids

The civil service comes in many forms.. and operates at both a national and local level, there are pockets of volleyball players all over the place  and quite often are part of the local volleyball scene. 

On an annual basis they all get together and play on an inter-department basis.  This week saw them descend on Yellowave at Brighton to play beach volleyball.

What was on offer? Mens and Ladies 3-a-side and mixed 4-a-side… How did they do? Ladies champions, Mixed champions and Mens runners up.

Well done to you all!

(A few of the players – David Snow, Jon Miller, Alison Vaughan, Phil Connolly, Steven ‘Chapo’ Chapman, Graeme Smith and Christina Brewer)

Go Spike Big Weekend is nearly here

Go spike_event_registration

This year Volleyball England want the whole volleyball family to come together and help make the Go Spike Big Weekend even BIGGER!

2013 saw over 3,000 people try their hand at volleyball – a fantastic number, BUT with your support we can make 2014 even bigger and better! More than 30 events are already confirmed for 2014 and we’d love you to be part of the action.

Register your event now for your chance to win 5 Go Spike Mikasa balls.

By running an event you are helping to spread the message in your local community that volleyball is the ONLY high energy, zero body contact, mixed team sport, on the beach, in the park, indoors or even in water!

Share your passion for our great sport – make it happen!

Volleybal England wants your opinions

Volleyball England would like to invite you to one of our events across England to help shape the future of our sport.

It is an incredibly exciting time for volleyball as we are considering our vision for 2024!  We need your help!

Where do you see the sport in 10 years?

What would motivate you to be involved?

We would also like to talk through our proposals on creating better services for our members; you are the life blood of our sport –

How can we help you more?

Alongside this, if you have any interest at all in the sport please come along and give us your views, all are welcome but please book ahead so we will have enough space and coffee!

Saturday 1st February, 10:30-12:30pm, SportPark, Loughborough University

Thursday 6th February, 7-9pm, English Institute of Sport, Sheffield


Please confirm your attendance by completing this online form.

For further information please contact Alex Henderson

East midlands womens league – 2012-13

The 2012-13 season of the East midlands women’s league saw a very competitive season.

Congratulations to Ashfield Vipers who are womens league champions.. Their head coach Ian Clews has successfully applied to join the National leagues and the East midlands will see a brand  new Div 3 team for this coming season… remarkable considering Ashfield Vipers are a school team

Applications for the 2013-14 season are now open and we would welcome all of last years teams to register for this years upcoming season to make sure they stay in the division.

We are also looking for new teams to apply – East midlands volleyball leagues secretary


To see the results tables for 2012-13


East midlands mens leagues – 2012-13

The 2012-13 season of the East midlands mens league saw both Divisions complete all matches in a very competitive season.

Congratulations to Div 2  winners Worksop who are promoted to Division 1 and congratulations to Division 1 winners Melton

Applications for the 2013-14 season are now open and we would welcome all of last years teams to register for this years upcoming season to make sure they stay in the divisions.

We are also looking for new teams to apply – East midlands volleyball leagues secretary


To see the results tables for 2012-13


National Cup and Shield semi finals – 2013

One of our local teams took part in last weekend’s jam packed action that saw noisy crowds and top quality volleyball action as teams went head to head for a place in the Cup and Shield Finals on the 20th-21st April at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering.

Women’s Shield
Semi Final: Loughborough Students vs. Coventry & Warwick Riga 3-2 (26-24, 25-18, 19-25, 21-25, 15-10)
Loughborough Students secured their place in the women’s Shield Finals after going the distance with Coventry & Warwick Riga. Loughborough started strongly in the first two sets before letting Riga draw level, with a huge comeback in their sights. In the fifth Loughborough managed to regain control and book their place in the finals.

For more information about the National Cup and Shield competition or the National Finals weekend please click here.

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