Referees course – October 2014 – Lincolnshire

Dear All
I have had confirmation from Volleyball England that a Grade 4 referees course will be held on Sat 4th October (9am -6pm) at Spalding Grammar School, Priory Road, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 2XH (Home of Spalding Saracens VC). We will be in the Gym from 9-12 and the classroom after that.The cost is £50 per head but county volleyball associations (such as Cambridgeshire) have in the past pledged to pay half of the fees for any candidates. Here are directions to the venue:,-0.1534823,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4878037ea8c8eef9:0xc0e959ca359bbdbf?hl=en

Candidates must be 16 or over and the course has recently been reduced from 2 days to 1 to encourage participation.
There is a need for higher numbers of quality referees in local leagues, so would everyone please use all avenues open to them to advertise and encourage this course to be filled. It is a fairly central location for many county associations, which should help this.
Any questions, please ask me on

Ben Cook
Spalding Volleyball Club

Volleyball tournament in Derbyshire – Sunday 20th July 2014


A summer of volleyball is upon us and the Derbyshire volleyball association are no exception. They are holding a 1 day event on Sunday 20th July at the Mickleover Sports Club. The format is 4 v 4 mixed adults (min of 2 women) and 4 v 4 juniors.

Deadline for team entries is the 13th July and at £10 per team is an absoulte bargain

It’s going to be a fun day with lots of volleyball on offer. Get in touch to book your team a place, see the flyer for more details, feel free to share! Facebook event page

Email Helen at



Volleyball Tournament – Ashfield – Nottinghamshire – 12th July 2014

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A volleyball tournament is being held at the Ashfield School near Kirkby in Ashfield , Nottinghamshire on the 12th July. 

It is open to both adults and juniors and the deadline for entries is July 7th. To enter a team contact

Its a 4 aside competition and is on from 10am to 4pm.

Ashfield is home to the Ashfield Vipers.. a school club that has consistently supplied girls and boys to the East Midlands development team and this resulted in the Vipers joining the National volleyball league system last year when they entered a womens team into Div 3. The team consisted entirely of U16’s.

Gloucester Volleyball and Music Festival – 7/8th June

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I am organising a tournament this summer June 7-8 in Gloucester at the SportBeat Festival.  Your team will be a part of a large Festival including live music from Razorlight, Reverend and the Makers, The Hoosiers and much more.  There’s also camping, family activities, Street Art, partying, rugby 7s, netball and more.  Its only £20 per person to enter, so sign up quick before all the spots are gone! 
Sign up as mixed, womens or mens ALL LEVELS to play 6 v 6 on grass.  Volleyball England will be on site supporting the tournament along with Timeout Gloucester Volleyball Festival organisers to keep things running smoothly.   
Check out our website for details about the festival and click on the Sport page to enter your team.  If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.
Thanks and hope to see you there! 
Denise Johns

Volleyball in Wollaton park – Nottingham – 26th May

The various volleyball clubs in Nottingham in association with Volleyball England’s Go Spike!™ would love to invite YOU to a come and play outdoor volleyball day. It will be a FREE event and a casual, fun environment!

The event is happening in Wollaton Park on Sunday 26th of May. There will be several outdoor nets and balls facilitating anyone who would like to come and try volleyball, maybe for their first time.

You don’t need to be an expert to come and join in as we would like to welcome anyone, any ability, any age. The day is geared towards entry-level players. Please come along, bring BBQ’s and enthusiasm to pick up basics, tips or maybe even a ball for your first time.

You never know you may just discover a new hobby.

For more information please look up Volleyball England’s Go Spike!™ pages under It will be a fantastic day so hope to see you there. Feel free to bring friends and family!


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East Midlands Awards Evening & AGM 2012

The long-awaited East Midlands Awards Evening & AGM 2012 will be held on Wednesday 5th September at Sportpark, Loughborough

A drinks reception will be followed by the voting in of new committee members, a vote on any new initiatives for the coming season and then the presentation of awards including;

Women’s Regional League Gold, Silver & Bronze medalists
Men’s Regional League Gold, Silver & Bronze medalists
Club of the Year
Coach of the Year

Referee of the Year
Most Improved Player
Most Valuable Player

To nominate for the above awards, please complete the ‘EMVA Awards Nomination Form 2012’ and return to by Monday 3rd September to be considered.

The East Midlands Volleyball Association Committee look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday 5th September 2012 at 7pm

(note from admin 27/8) apologies the nomination form wasn’t attached.. now it is

Nottingham Riviera 2012 – Beach Volleyball

Summer is here again and its beach-tastic in Nottingham with several tons of sand being imported into the city centre square for the duration. Festivities start on Saturday 21st July and run through to Tuesday 27th August. For details on all activities visit

Volleyball Competition

Beach volleyball is being showcased again with 2 events being held every week throughout the Riviera. Every Wednesday (6.30 – 9pm) is competition night with 16 teams over 4 evenings trying to qualify for the final and ultimately become the kings and queens of the Nottingham Riviera beach championship. Volleyball is a popular sport in the East Midlands and 8 of our local clubs will be showing the public and each other what they can do.

Volleyball For All

Volleyball is a fun sport for all ages and abilities and Thursday (6.30 – 8.00pm) is club night where some of our local clubs descend on the beach to train and play with the general public and hope to inspire people to try a new sporting activity. Most clubs offer a free first session to let you try it out and many that do take up the sport, even if it is at social level.

Junior Volleyball

For the first time on the riviera coaches from the East Midlands volleyball association junior development team will be offering training to all juniors aged 11 to 16. So whether they have played before or not if you know someone that would like a chance to have a taster session with experienced coaching staff let them know about our open mornings from 9 to 11am

Sat 4th August

Sun 5th August

Sun 12th August

Sat 25th August

Sun 26th August


Lincoln Imps have become the first English Sitting Volleyball Club to gain Volley 1 accreditation

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Congratulations to the Lincolnshire Sitting Volleyball Association, also known as Lincoln Imps, who have become the first English stand alone Sitting Volleyball Club to gain Volley 1 accreditation. The club, founded four years ago, has developed rapidly driving sitting volleyball at school level but also offering high level competition to its senior members, who include players who have represented Great Britain. The club is truly inclusive, promoting sitting volleyball as a great sport for able-bodied and players with a disability to enjoy together.

Achieving Volley 1 (Clubmark) accreditation is an excellent achievement for the club who have been working very hard to expand their profile in the community, cement best practice in terms of club management and make sure they have a safe and accessible offer for young people. Lincolnshire Sitting Volleyball also attended Volleyball England’s recent Volley 123 Club Day where they were able to complete the required scUK courses to complete their application. Volley 1 accreditation gives the club Sport England’s prestigious Clubmark award – the only national cross-sports quality accreditation scheme for junior sports clubs and a demonstration that Lincolnshire meets all of Sport England’s minimum operating standards. Well done to all the club committee and volunteers for their hard work!
Club Treasurer and Welfare Officer Ben Richards commented on how valuable the process had been for the club;

“We are over the moon to receive our Volley 1 accreditation and to be the fist stand-alone sitting volleyball club to do so, this is a huge achievement for the club and we believe essential to our growth.

The accreditation will help the club tremendously – we are doing some work in schools already and this will help to establish more partnerships with even more schools. It shows that we are serious about sitting volleyball and work to best practices to maintain the club and look after its members.

We feel that the best way to sustain the club is to recruit juniors and our plan is to create a mixed junior session consisting of able and disabled children, both boys and girls. The main weakness for sitting volleyball is that it’s not that well known at the moment but this is also its strength. Junior players will be able to progress quickly with real opportunities of playing for Great Britain, and we want to be able to give them that chance.”
The club joins Surrey Gators (Ashcombe VC), Portsmouth and Essex Pirates, all of whom are also part of accredited clubs. Several other fellow Sitting squads and clubs are also working towards accreditation or re-accreditation.
“It’s really promising for the future of sitting volleyball in this country to see Lincolnshire and other sitting sides really taking an active approach to getting young people involved,” commented Kate Rothery, National Club & Membership Development Officer.
“Gaining Volley 1 accreditation shows that the club is offering quality and safe opportunities for these young players and their parents can be very confident leaving them in their care. It’s also a sign of quality club management and we look forward to seeing Lincolnshire Sitting Volleyball continuing to thrive!”
For more information about Volley 1 (Clubmark accreditation) and how your club can join the programme, please visit the Volley 123 pages of Volleyball England’s website.

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