Upcoming volleyball coaching and referee courses in the East Midlands 2015

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Here is a round up of the volleyball training courses available in and around the East Midlands… if you know of any others please get in touch.

UKCC Level 1 Coaching Courses

Feb / March – Matlock, Derbyshire

August 2015 – The National Volleyball Centre, Kettering

UKCC Level 2 Coaching Courses

Feb / April – Nottingham

June/July – Dudley College, West Midlands

UKCC Level 3 Coaching Courses

April – Kettering

Referee courses – Grade 4

None as yet

Is there anyone interested in attending a referees  course .. if so get in touch and we will arrange one in the East mids area. contact the referee administrator

All of these courses can be found on the Volleyball England website here

If you are interested in any of the courses you should also contact your county sports development agency as most of them have a bursary available which can cover half of the cost.

BBC Unsung Hero Award – 2014

Do you know someone who inspires people to get involved in playing sport in their community?

It could be a person who gives up their time to encourage others to take part in sport, or someone who is helping to unearth a champion of the future, or maybe they are the ones who keep a local team or club going.

The BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award has been running since 2003, and recognises the remarkable achievements of people throughout the UK. The nomination period for the 2014 Awards is now open. Put forward someone you know or work with now by letting us via i.berry@volleyballengland.org and we will send you a nomination form.

Panels will meet in each of the BBC’s 15 Nations picking one winner from each Nation. The overall winner will be selected from those 15 and will be announced during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year programme in December. Take a look at the video to find out more about the selection process.

You can also call 01509-227722 to request that a nomination form is posted to you. Please note that the last day we will dispatch posted nomination forms will be Friday 17th October.

There is a continuing need for more unsung heroes in sport in the UK. If you have been inspired by this and want to get involved in helping grassroots sport in your community, visit the Get Inspired guide to volunteering, there is also a dedicated page for coaching.

Level 3 volleyball coaches course – 2015

Volleyball England is delighted to announce that they are running the four-day Level 3 Coaching Course in Kettering during April 2015. The course will be split over two weekends, 11 & 12 April will be held at the Kettering Buccleuch Academy and  25 & 26 April will be held at the National Volleyball Centre. The course is a must for all coaches who are coaching competitive teams and want more technical and tactical understanding of the modern top level game.

One of the confirmed tutors is Craig Handford, who has previously delivered Level 3 courses. Audrey Cooper, Volleyball England’s Director of Technical and Talent said: ‘’Craig is an experienced volleyball coach and tutor.  His coaching experiences include junior and senior level clubs as well as the England senior women’s national team. Craig was responsible for the creation and leadership of the England women’s development programme which was based at Loughborough from 1997-2003.  It is a privilege to have Craig lead our Level 3 coaching course and to share his knowledge and lessons learned in developing teams at the top of the club and talent pathway.’’ 

Craig Handford commented: ‘’I am looking forward to tutoring what is Volleyball England’s flagship course. Coaches will come away with a deeper understanding of the technical and tactical components of the game in addition to planning and managing their team’s performance over a season. They will also understand the importance of developing their own coaching philosophy, which is critical in a coach’s development at a higher level.’’ More guest tutors and deliverers will be confirmed over time as we look forward to hosting the course alongside the Super 8’s competition in Kettering. In order to be eligible for the course each candidate must have held a Level 2 award for a minimum of one year and must be a registered coach of Volleyball England.

Among a wide variety of subjects the syllabus will include:

  • Training the setter
  • Match preparation and scouting
  • Building the side-out offence philosophy, rhythm and timing
  • Planning for the season
  • Transition play: block defence to attack

For more information please visit the Volleyball England Level 3 course page.

For help with funding please contact our Membership and Funding Officer via email:  i.poynton@volleyballengland.org or call: 01509 227711

For any other enquiries about this course please get in touch with Roman Neveykin, Workforce Officer via email r.neveykin@volleyballengland.org or call: 01509 227730

Update – East Mids AGM Weds 16th July

The East Mids VB AGM is happening Wednesday evening (7pm for a 7.30 start) and the window for applications/nominations for committee posts has closed.

Apart from electing or re-electing committee members and celebrating the 3x league champions and runners up (Women, Men 1 and Men 2) we will be hosting Ian Poynton the Membership and Funding Officer for Volleyball England.

As you may know the Volleyball England AGM will be focusing on the proposal for Individual Registration and have published their proposal in advance of the Volleyball England AGM being held on 26th July in the Sports park building in Loughborough Uni.


Will your club be attending the East mids AGM ? if not do you have questions that we can put to Ian?

Would you like to vote at the VE agm but can’t attend… Ian can carry your proxy vote

One of the reasons you should consider voting ( either yes or no) is the following passage in the proposal

New Club Incentive Scheme

20% of the net Affiliated Club Player registration fees (less fulfilment costs) will go into a central fund that all affiliated clubs (not open to clubs with only NVL teams) will be able to apply to for grants for uses such as junior development, facilities & equipment upgrades and recruitment programmes. This will be new revenue generated by volleyball, managed by volleyball and redistributed to volleyball with no outside third-party controls or restrictions. Specific details of the programme will be confirmed shortly.

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:

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 kbenjamin11@hotmail.com

Ben Cook
Spalding Volleyball Club

East Mids Volleyball AGM 16th July

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As previously mentioned we will be holding our AGM at the Volleyball Englands headquarters in Loughborough and the date has now been confirmed as Weds 16th July @ 7pm.

Along with celebrating the winners and runners up of the women’s and 2x men’s league we are looking for new volunteers to join us in various roles.

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
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.
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.

Weds 16th July 7pm

Volleyball England
Loughborough University
3 Oakwood Drive
LE11 3QF

East Mids beach tourney and AGM

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We have come to the end of yet another volleyball season and most clubs are organising which summer tournaments they are going to attend,  maybe Sandbanks, Bridlington, Bath, Cambridge  which seem to be East Mids favourites or something further afield.
Well how about something a little closer to home?
East Mids  VB Association want to hold their AGM soon and would like to invite all players, clubs and volunteers to Loughborough University Sports Park and as the Uni has 3x beach courts to take part in a mini tournament (date to be arranged)
junior volleyballApart from celebrating the  league winners of the 2x men’s divisions and the women’s league and how well the juniors did at the national event (Inter-regionals) in London recently we are also looking for people interested in volunteering with the EMVA.. positions available are…
Chair person
Womens league secretary
Mens league secretary
Coach development officer
Referee development officer
Sitting volleyball development officervolleyball volunteers
Child welfare officer
Web admin officer
Junior coaches
We are looking for people that are prepared to make a difference and be proactive in the East Mids community.
Do you know someone who maybe interested in volunteering to help the east mids volleyball community grow and strengthen?
Also .. are you interested in playing in our beach volleyball event?
Get in touch.. let us know at EAST MIDS AGM contact

Volunteer Awards – Volleyball England


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Volleyball Awards 2014

Nominate your club, coach, volunteers…

Is there a player, a volunteer, a referee, club or fellow coach that deserves recognition at this year’s awards? If so, please nominate them now as the closing date is looming!

We want to reward those in our sport that have made a difference in 2014, so please help us by sharing this email.

Obviously there are lots of awards for coaches – including young coach – so if you want to recognise the work of a fellow coach, then please visit our website to find the forms.
All nomination forms are here

Volleyball England – engagement meeting

Volleyball England is in the privileged position of being the National Governing Body in England for one of the World’s most popular and diverse team sports, giving it a potential market reach that is the envy of many other sports. With the legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, together with our 420 affiliated clubs we have a unique opportunity to raise the profile and capitalise on the growing demand to play volleyball in all its forms during the next four years.

As a valued member currently active in an area we want to specifically work in as part of our 2013-17 Whole Sport Plan we would like to invite you to our engagement event to be held at SportPark, Loughborough University , 3 Oakwood Drive , Loughborough, Leicestershire , LE11 3QF on Wednesday 17th April at 7pm.

The event will be an opportunity for you to understand the plans moving forward and hopefully how these can benefit you and your volleyball activity in the future. It will also be a great chance for us to hear what is going well in the area and understand the issues that are facing grassroots volleyball.

Please reply directly to Alex Henderson on 01509 22 77 32 or at a.henderson@volleyballengland.org with your availability to be part of this event.

The full agenda for the day and the background information we have on the area will be circulated to you in advance of the meeting and all follow up information shortly after the event.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to be informed of developments please let Alex know to ensure you are kept on the local distribution list to receive all pre and post event information.

We would like to thank you in advance for your participation in this event at this particularly exciting time for the future growth and development of volleyball and along with the rest of team I look forward to seeing you on 17th April.

Yours Sincerely,

Lisa Wainwright

Chief Executive, Volleyball England

Midweek Focus Dartford Volleyball Club

Midweek Focus Dartford Volleyball Club

Midweek Focus: Dartford Volleyball Club

Club History

Founded in 1990 and originally associated with the Welcome Company sports association, Dartford VC is a well established volleyball club which caters for adults and young people of all abilities in SE London, North West Kent and the surrounding area.

Dartford VC is a friendly club that provides coaching and playing opportunities for all abilities. The club works closely with its sister club, Bexley Volleyball Club, to provide opportunities to juniors, adults who are new to the game, and for those returning to the game.


We currently have both a men’s and women’s team facing promotion this season in the National Volleyball League (NVL) as well as two men’s teams and one ladies team in the Kent League sitting at the top of the table.

Current teams 12-13 season

  • Dartford Men    NL div 3
  • Dartford Ladies NL div 3
  • Dartford Men1  Kent League
  • Dartford Men2  Kent League
  • Dartford Ladies Kent League
  • Dartford Foundation  Kent League (mixed)


  • Participants in Kent league and National league, as well as South East England (SEVA) competitions.
  • Participants in summer outdoor tournaments.
  • Experienced coaches are available for all levels of development.
  • Achieved ClubMark accreditation in 2011.

Future Aspirations

The club continues to grow and is keen to introduce juniors and new players into its teams at the right levels. Both National league teams strive for promotion to the next division.

Get in touch!

If you are interested in becoming a member of our club or wish to attend our training sessions then please contact:

Contact Club secretary Tim Bown at bown.tim@gmail.com 

or via facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/92761250753/

Alternatively visit the website


Midweek Focus: Dartford Volleyball Club

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