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 – Inter-Regionals round up 2016-17

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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.

East mids_volleyball_junior_girls_-_Inter_regional_medal_winners_2016-17Girls 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 semi final before losing to North West in the final.

Unfortunately some of the U14A team had to leave before the medal ceremony, so they’ll be presented with their silver medals at a later date.

The boys teams featured quite a lot of new faces this year and battled well through every match but didnt quite get into the medal positions.

For more photos and videos go on to our East Midlands volleyball face book page.

If you or someone you know might be interested in training with the East Mids junior volleyball squads please get in touch.

If you are a qualified volleyball coach and interested in joing our coaching squad for the 2017-18 training season please contact us for more info.

If you are a school or club looking to develop junior volleyball please get in touch

A big thank you as always goes out all the volunteers, coaches and parents that make this happen.

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