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.

Funding Opportunities for Coaching in the UK

volleyball coach

Ten Tips for Successful Funding

1 Read the pre-application guidance. Make sure you check that your application meets the criteria, and align your submission as closely as possible to the investors’ criteria.

2 Tell a story. There are so many applications for funding these days that what stands out is telling an anecdote about how your project or organisation really helps people. Detail how the funding will lead to sustainable delivery and the long-term impact the funding could have.

3 Think outside the box. Give your bid the ‘x factor’. How will you tackle a problem in a particularly creative or innovative way? Demonstrate how your project will tackle an old problem in a refreshingly new and effective way.

4 Contact the investor to check over the application or ask questions. This shows you are keen and using initiative, offers the opportunity for valuable feedback and most importantly builds a relationship with the investor, which in turn gives you credibility.

5 Leave plenty of time between submission and project start time. This allows you to troubleshoot the project if funding isn’t received and gives you time to make sure all key partnerships are in place and briefed to ensure maximum success.

6 Make it value for money. This helps to establish the viability of the project and is also an exercise that investors will expect you to go through. Include in the bid any monetary value that voluntary hours would add as this will increase their return on investment. Think about this – if it was your money, would you invest based on the returns expected?

7 Build relationships. Show that the funding you potentially could receive will not only impact on you/your organisation but also on the wider communities and any other partner initiative/programme.

8 Do your research. Do you know about other funding and organisations in your area? Can your project be linked to these initiatives? How will the funding you are applying for complement any local priorities?

9 How will you promote what you are doing? Think about including a brief statement in the bid about how you will promote the funding received, what the communication plan is and how you will promote the investor’s brand.

10 Check, recheck and check again. Make sure your spelling, grammar and maths are consistent throughout the document. Specifically reference the investor by their correct and full name throughout the bid. Keep copies of the submission, especially if it is an online application. Do not leave your application until near the closing date, try to apply in good time. Remember – your organisation may be unsuccessful with your first applications, but there’s nothing to stop you trying again, and many organisations are successful with subsequent applications.


To view online – visit  the sports coach website 

Safeguarding & Club Welfare – Important info for all volleyball clubs

Volleyball England is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all young people to participate in volleyball. We all have a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of young people and protect them from poor practice, abuse and bullying.

Young people are the future of our sport, they participate in volleyball in various ways, from playing to volunteering and should be able to do so in a safe and happy environment.

Safeguarding means promoting the safety and welfare of young people. Safeguarding is a term used to incorporate good practice and is wider than “Child Protection”.  Child protection is still an essential element of this policy and is about acting on concerns about a young person or individual. 


The CPSU and NSPCC now require community sports clubs to have the following in place in regards to their provision for  the safeguarding of children and venerable adults:

 Adult-Only Clubs

  • The safeguarding and welfare role will be called the Club Welfare Officer. All literature and documentation will be amended to reflect this.
  • The Club Welfare Officer has to complete the Sports Coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop – this can be done either face to face or online. 
  • Other safeguarding courses from other sports or professional capacities are acceptable as long as it was a face to face course.
  • Club Welfare Officers are be required to upload their course details onto their online profile for authentication.

 Clubs with Junior members: 

  • The safeguarding and welfare role will be called the Club Welfare Officer. All literature and documentation will be amended to reflect this.
  • The Club Welfare Officer has to complete a face to face Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop or upload a previous details of a similar face to face workshop.
  • The Club Welfare Officer have to complete a Time to Listen Course (volleyball specific or a multisport course) Courses are detailed below.

For details on course in or around the East Mids look at our calendar

If you have any specific queries or wish to discuss a concern, please contact Rob Payne, Young People Manager via safeguarding@volleyballengland.org or by phone on 01509 227722

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.

New rule changes for 2015-16 volleyball season

volleyball referee

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.

Survey Request from Volleyball England



On 20th April 2015, we launched a full review of all Volleyball Competitions and Major Events to ensure that we are actively working towards the creation of ‘an integrated top to bottom event structure which contains a portfolio of high quality domestic and international events’ as outlined within ‘Strategy 2024’.
The views of Volleyball England members are critical to the success of this review. This stakeholder survey is part of a wide ranging consultation process to capture the views of clubs, regional associations, Volleyball England commissions and the wider membership.
We are seeking your inputs to improve existing competitions and to enable us to consider any new competitions or competition structures that may be required to support the development of Volleyball.
There are 4 separate surveys. Each survey has a specific focus – please complete those that are most relevant to you, or your club or association.
Your help in completing this survey is greatly appreciated as it will help ensure that we are able to improve existing competitions and develop new competition concepts/structures to increase participation, enhance performance and grow the sport.
The survey opens on 21st September and will close at 12 noon on 9th October.]

If you have any questions regarding this review, please contact compsreview@volleyballengland.org.

Kind regards,
Rob Cook
International Events and Competitions Director
Volleyball England

Volleyball Volunteering in the East Midlands

More great opportunities to improve your understanding of the rules, coaching methods and be a volunteer for your club and community.

Level 1 Coaching course – 19th/20th September & 10th October –  Bonington Sports Centre, University of Nottingham

Grade 4 Referees course – 31st October – Lee Westwood Sports Centre, NTU Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane

More details can be found on Volleyball englands website alonfg with other courses in your area

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