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The CEV Small Countries Division SCD was founded in 1984. The following National Federations are Members: Andorra (AND), Cyprus (CYP), Faroe Islands (FAR), Gibraltar (GIB), Greenland (GRL), Iceland (ISL), Ireland (IRL), Liechtenstein (LIE), Luxembourg (LUX), Malta (MLT), Monaco (MON), Northern Ireland (NIR), San Marino (SMR), Scotland (SCO) and Wales (WAL).

CEV postpones Beach Volleyball events in response to coronavirus pandemic

Further to the coronavirus pandemic and to the extensive measures adopted by national authorities to curb the spread of the disease, the CEV and the respective organisers have agreed to postpone two Beach Volleyball events initially scheduled for early June.

This applies to the 2020 edition of #EuroBeachVolleyU22 due to take place in Vlissingen (NED) from June 3 to 7. The Dutch authorities have cancelled all public events up until May 31, meaning there would be no time and the necessary guarantees for the tournament to take place as per the original plans. The CEV and the Dutch Volleyball Federation A(Nevobo) together with the local Organising Committee have agreed to hold the competition from September 2 to 6, 2020 instead, with no changes to the original venue in the city of Vlissingen.

Moreover, the relevant parties have agreed to postpone the 1-Star World Tour event scheduled for June 12-14 in Ios Island, Greece and to do so until further notice. The event was the second such tournament to take place in Ios after last year’s successful premiere. The organisers are hopeful they could deliver the event later this year if conditions allow.  

The CEV continues to monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic in close cooperation with all of its stakeholders, with the well-being and health of everyone associated with the sport as its primary concern.

Faroe Islands to unveil Volleyball stamps in the presence of CEV President

On Monday, CEV President Aleksandar Boričić will attend the release of two new Faroese stamps with Volleyball motives to celebrate 125 years since the ‘invention’ of Volleyball in the USA by William G. Morgan. Mr Boričić is himself is a passionate philatelist and has won several gold medals from international stamp exhibitions.

“Volleyball is in my heart, but stamps are my hobby,” Mr Boričić told Faroese Radio FM1. “It is very exciting to attend any ceremony for the unveiling of new stamps, but even more when it is about Volleyball stamps.”

The CEV President will deliver a short address, as Mr Magnus Tausen, President of the Faroese Volleyball Association, will do as well.



The presentation is taking place at the shopping mall SMS in Tórshavn, the Faroese capital, and live streaming will be available here. The transmission will start at 16:00 local time – 17:00 CET, and the actual ceremony will get underway at 16:30 local time. During the event, a children’s volleyball tournament will take place at the very same venue as well.

Furthermore, the Faroese Volleyball Association will be delivering an exhibition with Volleyball photos from past to present. The Faroese Volleyball Association was founded on April 1, 1980 and therefore it will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. However, the first Faroese Volleyball national championship was held a way further back in 1969.

CEV President pays historic visit to Gibraltar

CEV President Aleksandar Boričić is currently paying a truly historic visit to the Gibraltar Volleyball Association. The CEV President arrived on the Rock on Monday afternoon following several productive discussions and meetings with Emma Labrador, President of the Gibraltar Volleyball Association.

Ms Labrador accompanied the CEV President during his stay, with the agenda including meetings with a number of high-level authorities, such as the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Mr Fabian Picardo (pictured above), the Minister of Sport, Culture, Heritage and Youth, Mr Steven Ernest Linares, and the CEO of the Gibraltar Leisure and Sports Activity (GSLA), Reagan Lima.



It is a matter of great prestige for Gibraltar to host the CEV President and FIVB 2nd Executive Vice-President, who during his stay visited the Volleyball and Beach Volleyball facilities available at the Rock. The visit of the CEV President is further testament to the attention that Gibraltar Volleyball is receiving following the successful organisation of last year’s Island Games, where Beach Volleyball was one of the most successful sports on the programme in terms of media coverage and attendance.



The Gibraltar Volleyball Association is a member of the Small Countries Association (SCA) and they joined the CEV back in 1984.

CEV and Malta Volleyball Association strengthen cooperation to grow the game

On Friday, CEV President Aleksandar Boričić had the pleasure of holding cordial talks with the newly elected President of the Malta Volleyball Association (MVA), Mr Edward Gatt and the MVA Vice-President, Mr Branko Vlahović, at the CEV President Office in Belgrade.
 

It was a truly precious opportunity to strengthen the cooperation with the highest authorities from the Mediterranean archipelago, in particular due to the problems Malta has experienced for a while, especially in terms of lack of Volleyball activities. With the help of their new leadership, the Malta Volleyball Association have drafted ambitious plans to initiate a number of projects and activities, especially the CEV School Project, with a focus on the further development of Volleyball in schools.

The MVA wish to work closely with younger coaches and physical education teachers, and the development of Beach Volleyball stands out as the most important part of their planned activities. This should also involve gradual involvement and participation in international events, while the organisation of some Beach Volleyball tournaments and age-group events is well under consideration too.
 
President Gatt expressed his gratitude for the meeting hosted by the CEV President, for the time spent in good and fruitful talks and said he very much looks forward to strengthening the cooperation with the CEV even further in the near future.

CEV and the Malta Volleyball Association wish to work together not only on the promotion of international cooperation, but also to make sure that the support provided by government, regional and local authorities can help grow Volleyball in Malta at a much faster pace than it has happened this far.

Ireland to host historic World Tour Beach Volleyball tournament

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A prestigious FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 1-Star event will be taking place in Bettystown, County Meath over the weekend of July 17-19, 2020. The successful bid comes on the back of the hosting of Pool C of the CEV Continental Cup at the same venue last June. The execution of that Olympic qualifying event means Ireland will make its World Tour hosting debut this year, joining the likes of Moscow, Cancun and Rome on the 2020 Tour programme.

The tournament will be men’s only, featuring some of the best players in the world ahead of the Summer Olympics. It will also re-unite the top Irish pairing of Oisin McArdle and Alex Gibbons (pictured) who are very much looking forward to the support of the Irish crowds. “I am delighted that Ireland will host the 1-Star event, it’s the best buzz to play in front of a home crowd. I cannot wait to get back on Irish sand in July. I have been training hard in Australia over the winter with some top players and hopefully I can bring this form into the Irish summer,” Gibbons said.

The tournament will include a qualification on Day 1 (Friday 17 July), before the main draw kicks off on the Saturday.

Volleyball Ireland President Grainne Culliton added, “These events are a key part of our strategy to raise the profile of the sport, and to inspire the next generation of players. Our volunteers really put on a great show at last year’s Olympic qualifier and this success is down to them. We are grateful for the trust that the CEV and FIVB are putting in us, and we cannot wait to go again. Events like this really show we are serious about developing the sport, and they allow us to build great relationships with our partners like Meath County Council and we are appreciative of their continued support.”



Volleyball Ireland will be working with Meath County Council to develop a range of development activities around the competition, including the launch of a new Social Volley programme for beginner players and a Beach Volleyball camp for juniors.

Commenting on the news, Meath Cllr Sharon Tolan added, “I am delighted that Bettystown Beach will host its second international Beach Volleyball Tournament. Events like this really bring alive the area and we hope that all of our local residents, businesses and visitors can get involved in a wonderful weekend showing off a beautiful stretch of our coastline.”

Last year’s event drew excellent crowds to the 500-seater pop up stadium and surrounding dunes, gaining widespread media interest both locally and nationally.

Securing an event of such magnitude is testament to the hard work, vision and ambition of Volleyball Ireland.

CEV launch second edition of #1DayMore4Volleyball

Many people still remember – and they do so fondly – February 29, 2016. It was a truly historic day for Volleyball when more than 49,000 people participated in #1DayMore4Volleyball playing as many as 4,500 matches across 551 cities all over Europe in 901 different venues! The 2020 edition will be taking the original concept to the next level, with the action due to take place in conjunction with the next leap day, i.e. February 29, 2020. The aim is to increase participation and to account for as much exposure and visibility as possible, to make it a viral theme on social media.

As the name suggests, it is all about ‘one day for Volleyball’, where our sport will be taking centre stage and inspire especially the younger ones to play the game and live a healthy lifestyle.

Back in 2016, this action involved 28 of the 56 CEV member federations with exhibition matches up to the symbolic mark of 29 points organised and played from the Russian Far East to Gibraltar, thereby involving schools, professional and amateur players, young and old, and even the national men’s Sitting Volleyball teams of Italy and Poland.

Poland and Serbia were the countries recording the highest number of participants, accounting for some 15,000 and 12,000, respectively. Even the staff working at the CEV headquarters in Luxembourg joined #1DayMore4Volleyball, playing one Volleyball and one Sitting Volleyball match against their colleagues of the Luxembourg Volleyball Federation!

Further information is available at the official website https://1daymore4volleyball.cev.eu where you can sign up and vie for one of the many valuable prizes at stake!

This time around, the action will get started with the help of star players from all three disciplines – Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Snow Volleyball – who have taken on a truly unique and entertaining #VolleySkillChallenge. The challenge emphasises one of the truly unique features of Volleyball – since you can play the ball by using your entire body, from your feet to the knees all the way up to the final hit, as you can see here:

We invite all Volleyball lovers to join us and make February 29, 2020 a real, unprecedented ‘Volleyball party’!

NOVOTEL CUP 32

8 teams compete in 12 games over 3 days at the start of 2020, this means it is Novotel Cup time again.

This means a first determination of the location of the Luxembourg teams. After the games of the small states in Montenegro, a lot has happened, especially with the men.

The new coach Pompiliu Dascalu took over the helm in September and has to give up some regular players. Oli de Castro, Domnik Husi, Jan Lux and Arnaud Maroldt are no longer available for the national team. Full-time pro Kamil Rychlicki is missing from the Novotel Cup due to commitments with his club Lube Civitanove, Gilles Braas, Anthony Schumacher and Tim Laevaert and Maurice van Landeghem are out injured.

The core of the team consists of Chris Zuidberg, Max Funk, Mateja Gajin, Steve Weber and Philippe Glesener. They are completed by numerous youth players as well as Yannick Erpelding and Routinier Roman Richtarik.

Expectations should therefore not be set too high as the team has yet to find itself through the tournament.

For the ladies, the starting position is much better. Compared to the JPEE and the SCA tournament last year, “only” some changes have been made to the middle blocker position. The team around captain Isabelle Frisch will also be strengthened with the Walfer player Hana Cubonova.

Carla Mulli, from the Dutch top division club Huizen, is in the squad, but is unlikely to be used after her knee surgery. Also injured is main attacker Betty Hoffmann (back).

The RedLion Ladies are certainly looking for revenge for the bitter defeat at the JPEE against Iceland. England will be a benchmark for the future as the Vleminckx-Huibers/Schanet coaching team seeks to participate in the Silverleague and the European Qualifiers in the medium term.

On all 3 days the best atmosphere will be provided. The daily price is 10 EUR for adults (free admission under 18 years).

All games will also be livestreamed on RTL. LU.

Women’s Teams

Men’s Teams

Volleyball masterclasses inspire kids and coaches in Dublin

There have been a couple of very exciting days for Volleyball Ireland and especially for local young players and coaches in Dublin. On Thursday, Kristof De Loose, who has a wealth of experience working with youngsters back home in his native Belgium, delivered a Volleyball masterclass at Sutton Park in Dublin with players aged 12-13. This action represents the next step in the implementation of the CEV Schools Project by Volleyball Ireland, which has already helped involve hundreds of kids and inspired them to play the game at their school as well as at local clubs.

Kristof De Loose was one of the lecturers at this year’s historic CEV Coaches Convention held in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, which representatives of Volleyball Ireland attended as well in order to learn from some of the top coaches in Europe to find further sources of inspiration for their work at the grassroots level.

On Thursday afternoon, De Loose and CEV Education and Referee Coordinator François Watthez attended the 2019 edition of the Senior Schools Cup Finals (boys and girls) held at University College Dublin (UCD). Later in the evening, De Loose delivered a second masterclass, this time lasting for some two hours and addressed to 20 club coaches, which included both a theoretical and a practical session.

Grainne Culliton, President of Volleyball Ireland, was obviously delighted with the outcome: “I loved the way the drills gradually built slowly but yet were carried out with pace. It is one of the hardest things to keep children engaged in a 1-to-2 hour session, but Kristof’s approach to coaching is a great way to do this. Fitness and health for children is very high in priorities nowadays, so if we can make sure children have a whole lot of fun when training, they will want to return again and again.”

Volleyball Ireland Development Officer Conor Flood: “I have been fortunate enough to see Kristof in action twice now. Tonight’s masterclass differed from the last session I took part in earlier this year; however, he still stuck to his three core values of Fun, Movement and Learning. By the end of the 1-hour practical session, I was exhausted, smiling and full of new exciting ideas to take back to my own club. This kind of approach to learning takes just a little creativity from any coach and will undoubtedly reap rewards for kids enjoying Volleyball.”

CEV confirm dates of 2020 under-age European Beach Volleyball Championships

While players enjoy some well-deserved rest before they start their preparations for the eagerly anticipated Olympic season, the Beach Volleyball calendar for 2020 is slowly but surely taking shape. With the relevant organisers announced a while ago, the CEV can now confirm the dates of next year’s under-age European Beach Volleyball Championships.

These events will provide the ideal stage for Europe’s stars in the making to continue with their growth and development, before they complete their transition to the ‘senior’ level of competition.

The Dutch city of Vlissingen will be hosting the 2020 edition of #EuroBeachVolleyU22 from June 3 to 6 – the event will set the tone for a few weeks of highly anticipated Beach Volleyball action in the Netherlands, since later that month Eindhoven will be playing host to the Olympic qualifying CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Finals.

The next ones to take centre stage will be the youngest players, with the U18 competition due to run in Antalya from July 8 to 12 – almost exactly a year after the Turkish seaside city played host to the U22 event in 2019.

Finally, the most promising U20 teams in Europe will travel to Brno (CZE) to contest ‘their’ European Championship from August 12 to 16 at a venue (see picture above) that has already hosted a truly impressive number of age-group competitions.

Volleyball Ireland host first international event, want more of the same

Volleyball Ireland hosted this past weekend its first International Youth event in Gormanston College. The ‘Friendship Tournament’ featured the Danish club Farum og Halte, teams representing East and West Ireland, as well as representative sides from the Northern Ireland Volleyball Association. In total, over 180 players descended on County Meath for a weekend of five-set matches, training and coach knowledge transfer. The aim of the event is to help young players learn, grow and develop in a supportive and positive international environment.

The action began on Friday evening with team training, followed by competitive games on the Saturday, social entertainment during the evening and on Sunday morning a chance to play Sitting Volleyball and enjoy coaching by leaders from other teams – this gave coaches a great chance to share ideas, concepts and philosophies. For the Danish team, the Friday included a sightseeing trip in Dublin City, and of course a visit to the Viking Splash Tour!

Conor Flood, Volleyball Ireland’s Development Officer who led the project said, “It was a fantastic weekend of Volleyball with a great energy and buzz. We really wanted to give young players a taste of a weekend competition – what it is like to play against international teams. The feedback has been excellent and we will grow the concept next year opening up entries to other club teams from across Europe. The friendly nature of the event meant coaches were sharing ideas and philosophies and hopefully will be taking this back to their clubs to help improve Volleyball for everyone – that’s what it’s all about.”

All players and coaches stayed in on-site accommodation for two nights, helping them become familiar with a standard setup for international tournaments. General Manager of Volleyball Ireland Gary Stewart added, “One of the learnings from our entry in the U16 European qualifier earlier this year was that our players need more experience before they play internationally, as for a teenager it can be quite daunting. The idea behind this is to help them become familiar with a trip away.”

Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Farum og Halte Volleyball Club and Irish native Dave Colgan for their support getting the event off the ground. Details on the 2020 event will be announced shortly.

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