East Midlands Volleyball AGM and Awards Night 2017

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 our juniors to be match ready for the Inter-regionals.  The inter-regionals are held annually at the end of indoor season in May.
Volleyball Grand Prix Juniors - girls

Volleyball grand prix Juniors - boys

U15 Inter County GP winners – Northamptonshire
U17 Boys Grand Prix winners – Hermitage
U17 Girls Grand Prix winners – Ashfield Vipers

Congratulations to all our junior Grand Prix winners.

Beach competition – U18s East Midlands

U18s beach volleyball 2017Obviously, the inaugural Junior 2 vs 2 competition is especially relevant.  Therefore this constitutes another milestone in the junior development program.

Well done to overall winners Emily and Mya.

Finally, a massive thank you to all the coaches and parents that make sure this all happens.

As shown above, with the various opportunities that have been created over the last couple of years there is ever increasing Junior volleyball activity visible across the region.


East Midlands Regional Volleyball League

Most noteworthy, is that a record number of 13 men’s teams entered into the 2016-17 leagues and now there are 7 women’s teams too.  Rules on allowing a limited number of NVL players into Div 1 of both men and women keeps it competitive.  Whereas, allowing men’s 2 division to have mixed sex teams has kept the development league thriving.

Womens Volleyball League | East Midlands

East Mids womens league table 2016-17


Women’s Div – Winners – Ashfield Vipers

Runners up – Darkstar


Mens Volleyball League | East Midlands

East Mids Mens 1 league table 2016-17
Men’s Div 1 – Winners – Darkstar II

Runners up – Polonia Leicester


East Mids Mens 2 league table 2016-17
Men’s Div 2 – Winners – Hermitage

Runners up – Loughborough Students



Congratulations to all our league winners and runners up last night at the East Midlands Awards Evening.

East Midlands volleyball on the beach – Summer 2017

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.




EM beach volleyball 2017 - king and queen

Loughborough University home to Volleyball England head office and 3 sand courts has held another successful weekly evening tournament over the course of summer where players sign up every friday for a chance to play the following Tuesday.  45 players are divided randomly in to 9 teams and then play for points and each individual player carries her/his teams points on to the next week.  This results in a King and Queen of the beach by the final week.  Anyone (16yrs plus) can sign up regardless of where you live or your ability. 

For more information visit our Facebook page – EM Beach.

Well done to Luiza Da Silva and Yan Pyter




East midlands beach pairs 201712th August saw the inaugural event of the East Midlands competition for mens and womens pairs and saw teams enter form the North West, North East and West Midlands.

Winners: Viktoryia Glazewska / Rhian McCarroll
Runners up: Gabriela Pecovska / Joanna Langwald
Joint 3rd: Lesley So / Suzy Stevenson and Cristina Sechel / Jitka Jizerová
Plate winners: Mya Sewell / Emily Smith
Winners: Roland Szucs / Balint Furdek
Runners up: Jan Pyter / Radek Makuch
Joint 3rd: Joel Matthews / Dan Minicucci and Ettore Varotto / George Kalogeropoulos



JEast midlands beach volleyball event 2017unior beach volleyball was also in action over the summer and well represented by the 5 counties in the East Mids.  A series of junior training / competitions were held mainly at Loughborough beach (and Kettering) in a bid to get more juniors interested.

A number of clubs now have junior sections and more and and more schools are providing volleyball as an after school club.

The East Midlands junior volleyball development squad head coach Ian Clews is always looking for individual players, schools and clubs to contact him and get involved at the various training sessions and competitons across the East Mids through out the year.

 Contact Ian Clews for more information


East Midlands junior volleyball – Beach Series Summer 2017

Loughborough Uni_beach

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 – Saturday, June 17 at 10 AM – 1 PM

Loughborough University, Epinal Way, LE11 3TU Loughborough

The Loughborough beach courts are located at Loughborough University, Epinal Way, LE11 3TU. Use the west gate entrance at Sport Park, there is free parking close by.

To sign up or for more info on the U15 junior beach volleyball event details

U18s Junior Beach – Saturday, July 8 at 10 AM – 1 PM

National Volleyball Centre, Thurston Drive, NN15 6PB Kettering

To sign up or for more info on the U18 junior beach volleyball event details

U18s Junior Beach – Saturday, July 15 at 10 AM – 1 PM

Loughborough University, Epinal Way, LE11 3TU Loughborough

To sign up or for more info on the U18 junior beach volleyball event details

U18s Junior Beach – Saturday, July 22 at 10 AM – 1 PM

Loughborough University, Epinal Way, LE11 3TU Loughborough

To sign up or for more info on the U18 junior beach volleyball event details

Lets Play Volleyball event – Leicestershire 26th May 2012

LPV event_-Leicestershire

Since 2009 the East Midlands Let’s Play Volleyball Festival has been hosted in front of a back drop of Lincoln Castle and has attracted hundreds of junior volleyball players from across the five counties of Lincolnshire , Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire. For 2012, the festival is moving further south to Hermitage Leisure Centre and will offer a junior sitting volleyball competition as well as a grass tournament for the first time ever!

Regional Training

Local club coaches and coaches from the East Midlands Regional Talent Development team will be there to offer coaching advice and scout for talented young players in the area. So come along, have some fun playing and talk about how you can get involved more by playing in your County League or finding what you need to do to represent the East Midlands in volleyball or sitting volleyball

Whats Happening?

The day will be jam-packed with volleyball and depending how many teams enter, you could play in anything between and six and ten volleyball matches! When you’re not playing or scoring matches, you will also be able to join in drills and sessions run by the East Midlands top coaches or have a rest in the sunshine and enjoy some food from the BBQ. Bring your friends and family for a fun-filled, volleyball day!

Standing and Sitting Volleyball

Outdoors there will be 10 courts set up for a Grass Volleyball tournament; while indoors there will be 4 x Sitting Volleyball Courts. If you’ve played Volleyball, why not challenge yourself to a faster version of the game and give it a go sitting down. It takes a lot of training to learn how to move efficiently when sitting down and when you throw a volleyball into the mix as well, it will challenge even the most experienced players. Standing or Sitting?…you decide!

Event – Match Rules

All matches will be played to the ‘Let’s Play Volleyball’ rules (see attached) with a focus on fun, competitive volleyball and will provide a great opportunity for any Young Officials to practice their refereeing skills. There will separate competitions for each age group and a separate group for experienced junior players as well, so no matter if you have been playing for a few years or learnt only last week, there will be the right level of competition for you to make sure you have fun!


LPV rules_1

Click images to see the event rules

LPV rules_2

Loughborough Lions awarded Sport England Grant

Loughborough Lions Volleyball Club has recently received funding from Sport England to run their ‘Front Line’ project through until summer 2010.  They are looking to provide free qualifications and educational opportunities for 10 people in Loughborough and the surrounding area.  They will go though a number of initiatives to help gain qualifications within volleyball. In return you will have the opportunity to use your qualifications to coach in local schools and disability groups.

A scholarship is ideal for anyone who wants to gain more qualifications and develop their understanding of volleyball. It is also useful to anyone looking into going on to a teaching training course or any form of sports coaching.

A Lions Scholarship Coach can expect:
• UKCC Level 1 – Volleyball (27/28th Feb and 7th March)
• scUK Disability Awareness Course
• scUK Working with Young People Course
• 100% Me Anti Doping Education
• Lions Coaches Development Day to look at the Let’s Play Volleyball Framework and Sitting Volleyball
• Mentoring with current Club Coaches and shadowing at sessions
• Lions Coaches Stash

What Loughborough Lions will expect in return:

1. A commitment to volunteer for the club and link with one of our partnered
schools or disability groups. (Maximum 2 hours a week)
2. A photo for our website!
…and that’s it!

If this opportunity interests you then please copy the application form from further down this message and return it to Matt
Rogers (matt@lionsvc.co.uk) by the 31st January 2010.

Any current coaching or volleyball qualifications:
Interested in (please state): Junior Volleyball (u18s) OR Sitting Volleyball
Reason why you thing you should be nominated for the scholarship:
(maximum 200 words)


Leicestershire Schools Competitions

SCHOOL vs SCHOOL COMPETITION…Who will be crowned the Regional Champions…?

With competitions in schools being started across the East Midlands the dates are set for the Leicestershire Schools School Sport Partnership and County rounds.

The format for competition for 2009-10 will be mixed sex, 4v4 on a badminton sized court as per the Volleyball Competition Framework.

Dates for the School Sport Partnership Rounds are confirmed as:

Crown Hills / Lancaster – venue tbc – 3rd December 
Burleigh – venue – w/k commencing 21st January (tbc by the end of the month)
South Charnwood – Roundhill Community College – Tuesday 12th Jan, 4-6pm
Leicester City – Fullhurst Community College – 3rd December 4–6pm
Melton and Rutland will be entering a team straight into the county final

Teams will then qualify through to a County Final which will be held on Thursday 21st January.

The top teams from this will then qualify for the Regional Finals which will be held in May/June as part of the selection process for the 2010-11 East Midlands Regional Development Squads.