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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).

Scotland’s Ground breaking partnership – Erasmus+ project on good governance

Major breakthrough for good governance and Volleyball

The Austrian Volleyball federation (ÖVV) is to lead the newly EU funded project ‘Governance implementation in Volleyball – Go²Volleyball’.
The men’s Italian Volleyball League (Lega Pallavolo Série A), the Croatian (HOS-CVF) and Scottish (SVA) Volleyball federations as well as Belgium sports law firm Cresta and Polish foundation Institute for Sport Governance (ISG) are partners to this 262 K€ initiative to get under way in January 2021 in Vienna (Austria). Go²VB is one of the 121 selected Erasmus+ applications (out of 1.100) and will run for 2,5 years.

“’Go²Volleyball’ aims at establishing a multi-label good governance certification in Volleyball and detailed compliance status for each national Volleyball governing body (NVGB) across Europe”, ÖVV president Gernot Leitner explains. As such, a currently non-existing, evidence-based, reliable, simple, harmonised and clear information is to be made available to the public for the first time ever.
“’Go²Volleyball’ is also dedicated to a concrete and effective implementation of good governance principles within NVGB”, ÖVV General Secretary Philipp Seel reports. In this respect, transposition of good governance provisions in the regulatory framework of NVGB will be required. Various tools as well as an innovative rewarding method are to facilitate and motivate the fulfilment of the project’s goals.

“Scottish Volleyball are delighted to partake in such a project. In doing this, we are playing our part in securing a strong future for our sport…”, says Miss Margret Ann Fleming MBE, CEO of Scottish Volleyball. She continues, “This is a great opportunity to collaborate with partners across Europe to shape a model of best practice in sports governance”. Scottish Volleyball are eager to start this fantastic project, fostering cross-national cooperation with other Volleyball federations and partners, which is essential for the development of our sport. “Participating in this innovative dialogue amongst different Volleyball stakeholders will future-proof our sport and its community”, Miss Fleming MBE concludes.

“Fans, players, clubs, officials and sports authorities will also be frequently invited to share their thoughts with us since good governance also concerns them and we want to get them on board”, ÖVV Sports Director Gottfried Rath-Zobernig concludes.

For further interest, feel free to contact us at go2volleyball@volleynet.at and at competitions@scottishvolleyball.org

16/12/2020, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Cooperation with schools the way to grow Volleyball at the grassroots level

As many as 104 people followed Monday’s CEV School Project webinar run by Peter Morell, a man who has a huge wealth of experience in working with children and promoting Volleyball at school in countries such as Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Morell started the webinar with giving a history of the Faroe Islands and their progress with Volleyball. Peter emphasised this is a true success story, since the participation for children aged 7-12 has exceeded 90%. KidsVolley is a great introduction to the best sport and game for children, as proven by the Faroe Islands through the CEV School Project, where Morell has been able to reach out to all schools of the archipelago.

The success in the Faroe Islands results primarily from the thoughtful preparation and strategy implemented from the start. The most important thing is first to prepare as best as possible. This includes developing a strategy on which schools to create synergy with, and knowing the school system structure.



Morell invited the attendees to ask themselves some questions like, is there a Volleyball club in the area to link with the school? Is there already a good relationship with the school management? What is the school environment? In addition to that, he mentioned several other points to consider when organising school Volleyball for children within a National Federation.

In the Faroe Islands, Morell introduced the students and teachers to Kidsvolley so that after 2-4 sessions, they were familiar enough with the game to later participate in a tournament, thus creating a positive experience for the kids as well as for the teachers/coaches involved.

Peter suggested making a small agreement/contract with the clubs in regards to the mutual growth and benefits included from the project. Conduct good training and supervision of the coaches involved in the school project is very important to give them the proper training so that new kids coming into the clubs will want to stay and continue playing this sport. Moreover, he invited to share any kind of promotional material of the project with the parents of the young club players.

Morell agreed and acknowledged that recruitment of schools is not as easy as it may sound. It takes a lot of follow up and persistence to get the schools involved, especially finding the schools that already incorporate gym time or physical education time for their children/students. Peter urged the attendees to find ways to integrate the teachers as much as possible, and share any resourceful materials with them.

Finally, the most important concept of Kidsvolley is to keep it simple, i.e.:
–    Kids must learn the game from a reduced speed/level of the normal game
–    The court should be smaller and with shorter dimensions for children – you can use a badminton court as an example
–    The game should consist of throwing, catching and rotating – the true “volley” is too difficult to start with



Moreover, Morell emphasised the importance of organising successful school tournaments: this is where all the fun comes together and you truly see the love of the game – and there you could experiment by mixing the groups of kids as well.

The Q&A session included questions about how to adjust the activities with COVID-19, what the best way is to train the teachers/coaches being involved in the project if they are not already familiar with basic Volleyball technique, and many more.  

The third series of webinars run by the CEV Technical and Development Department will end on Thursday with the last session hosted by Olympic and European champion, former Serbian Volleyball star Andrija Geric. Make sure you sign up here if you have not already done so!

CEV webinars to resume later this week in effort to spread good vibes

The third series of webinars associated with the CEV School Project will get underway this coming Thursday, December 10, with a very familiar face taking the ‘virtual floor’, Kristof De Loose of Belgium. We all have known Kristof for quite a while now and he has become some sort of an endless source of inspiration for those wishing to stay active and find ways to train even in times of coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.

Kristof, who addressed the audience at last year’s inaugural Coaches Convention in Kranjska Gora, will be discussing this very same topic on Thursday, thus providing coaches, physical education teachers and anyone else interested in joining the session with useful tips on how to stay active while exercising and training possibilities remain limited in many countries across Europe.

At the end of the day, it is important to stay in shape but to look after your mental condition as well, so Kristof will show you how to stay positive despite all challenges and constraints brought along by the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic!

“In times of coronavirus pandemic, we are all stuck at home. There are hardly any Volleyball activities left and that is a big problem. How can we still keep ourselves busy? Do not panic! Volley@Home ensures that we can still play Volleyball at home. There are always individual exercises that everyone can do and use,” Kristof says while looking forward to Thursday’s webinar. “We will make a distinction between activities for U9-U11-U13 and U15-U17-Seniors. I will address four main themes: ball handling, pass, set and spike. In total, there are 16 videos available, each one with a challenge. Stay positive, because better days are on their way!”

Registration is still open here and all those who have signed up will be receiving via email a link to the relevant Zoom call, with the session starting at 14:00 CET.

Make sure you book this slot on your agenda to grow your knowledge, feel positive and be able to relay good vibes to your students, family members or young players when Volleyball activities can finally resume at full speed!

Olympic Champion Kerri Walsh Jennings latest guest on Volleyball Ireland’s Inspiring Players Series

Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce that the next guest on their Inspiring Players Series is Kerri Walsh Jennings – unarguably the greatest Beach Volleyball player of all time!  

The Californian will be sharing some insights and experiences of her unrivalled career, where she claimed three Olympic gold medals, three consecutive World Championship titles and 112 consecutive victories with former partner Misty May Treanor, which spanned a record 19 different events. Kerri Walsh is also the top earning female Beach Volleyball player of all time with over €2.5m in tournament winnings.

Announcing the event Kerri said, “As a proud American of Irish descent, I am honoured and a bit giddy about this upcoming experience with Volleyball Ireland. One of the biggest gifts of my 30 years of experience has been the wisdom I have earned and certainly the biggest gift of all the heartache and pain I have endured, is that I get to share that insight and those learnings with other athletes who can learn from it as well … in a less painful way.” 

The event will be broadcast live on Volleyball Ireland’s YouTube Channel on Monday, December 7, 8pm with members of the Volleyball Ireland community invited to submit questions to Kerri in advance via gm@volleyballireland.com (Subject: Kerri Qs). The chat is ideally aimed at players, coaches and parents alike.

Kerri added, “This will be great fun and I am excited for the athletes, coaches, parents and anyone who is a high performing human (or an aspiring one!) to join us. Bring your questions! I’m all yours!!!”

Kerri is currently working towards the re-scheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with new partner Brooke Sweat, alongside her vocation of motivating and inspiring athletes of tomorrow through her online platform p1440. We highly recommend you check it out. There are only 1,440 minutes in each day, how will you use yours today?

CEV launches third series of School Project webinars, make sure you sign up ASAP!

After the major success achieved throughout a similar initiative run this past summer, which involved hundreds of people from across Europe and even from overseas, the CEV Technical and Development Department will be delivering a third series of webinars specifically addressed to coaches, teachers and anyone working at the grassroots level of Volleyball or simply interested in this topic. There is not any restriction as to the number of people able to join per country, so all you have to do is to make sure you sign up here!

You can look forward to three webinars that will help you deal with the challenges brought by the current pandemic and will provide a boost of energy and plenty of ideas in order to stay positive and active even at times where national authorities have re-imposed lockdown measures in response to a resurgence in the number of coronavirus infections. Moreover, the webinars will inspire you to get ready for the return of normalcy and to re-start your activities and programmes in the best way so that you can inspire the next generation of Volleyball players!

With each session lasting for about an hour, this series will feature two speakers that you may well know already – the incredibly prolific mind of Kristof De Loose of Belgium and former Serbian Volleyball superstar turned sports psychologist Andrija Geric. Moreover, Peter Morell, who has a wealth of experience in working with kids through the programmes he has successfully run in countries such as Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, will be sharing tips on how to make sure that school activities contribute to the overall growth of the game at the grassroots level.

The only thing you need to do is to sign up and mark the dates and times of these three webinars, who will certainly become the source of many new ideas on how to work with your pupils and young players!

First-ever virtual FIVB World Congress to be held in 2021

The FIVB has announced that, following the decision of the FIVB Board of Administration, the upcoming FIVB World Congress 2021 will be held virtually on 5-7 February 2021.

The FIVB’s top priority is to ensure the health and wellbeing of the global Volleyball Family. Therefore, this decision has been made in light of the significant rise in COVID-19 cases and travel restrictions still in place around the world.

Following the decision, FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said, “The FIVB would like to thank the Thailand Volleyball Association for all their collaborative efforts in hosting the FIVB World Congress in Bangkok. Unfortunately, we now have to move this important meeting online. Following the successful hosting of four Continental Confederations’ General Assemblies virtually, we are confident that we can host a world-class and seamless event using the state-of-the-art technology, including a robust and secure voting system.”

Additionally, it was decided to host the next FIVB Board of Administration meeting after the FIVB World Congress at a later date in 2021.

Volleyball Ireland Putting the Sport Front & Centre

Volleyball Ireland has revealed a new logo, brand identity and website that represents a break from traditional sporting body branding. 

The VLY. Concept puts Volleyball itself, rather than the administrative body that governs it, to the forefront. Using an abbreviation rather than an acronym, is a key differentiator that stands Volleyball Ireland out from the crowd. 

The colour palette and style is intentionally youthful to support Volleyball Ireland’s key strategic objective of strengthening the player pathway from school to club, whilst raising participation at all levels.  

General Manager of Volleyball Ireland, Gary Stewart said. “Our primary role is to govern and promote the sport, and when you have a sport like Volleyball, it makes sense to put it at the front and centre of everything you do. It shows we are proud of our game and what it represents. The sport is our brand and we want to celebrate that.”

The branding project came about following a competition ran in collaboration between marketing agency Branding Sport and online media company Sport for Business, which led to one sports body being given a full brand makeover.

Patrick Murphy of Branding Sport added, “We discovered that Volleyball in Ireland has a really interesting story to tell. On top of that, the team at Volleyball Ireland were very keen to develop a standout brand identity for a sport that is full of colour, energy and vibrancy. We’re very happy that the new identity delivers against the ambitions of Volleyball Ireland and is a fresh start in promoting the sport in a modern, energetic way that we believe will appeal to the right audience.”

Coinciding with the brand launch is the introduction of a new website developed by former International player and current Dublin Volleyball Club star Cillian Bracken of Vine Digital Ireland. The website, like the brand puts volleyball first and foremost with more focus on club activity and participation opportunities. 

Mark Leonard-Doyle, Operations Coordinator at Volleyball Ireland added, “the website is a key contact point for our members and we’ve found that the majority of visitors to the site want match information and league tables quickly, so we’ve put that in primary locations. Cillian and I, were also keen that clubs can promote their activities to website visitors who may be looking to join a club so we’ve enhanced that functionality and hopefully that will help our clubs raise their profile. Aesthetically it’s more modern and really compliments the new branding.”

Key notes related to the brand rationale:

Youthful: The marque is intentionally youthful. The key strategic aim of Volleyball Ireland is to strengthen the pathway from school to club to national team, to grow participation in colleges and to develop volleyball programmes nationwide. With over 900 school teams competing in Volleyball Ireland competitions and a newly formed youth national league, having a clear and progressive pathway for participation and performance is a key priority for the organisation.. 

Energetic, dramatic & fun: Volleyball is fiercely athletic & dramatic, where every point is an event. Both on the court and on the sand, the sport is great fun to play.  The shaping of the VLY logo represents the athletic, twisting and stretching movements that are prevalent in Volleyball.

Equality: Volleyball is one of the few sports where male/female participation is relatively equal. In Ireland, 62% of players are women or girls. Volleyball Ireland’s board and sub-committees have equal representation with 62% of board/committee members being female. This is important to us. The brand is intentionally gender neutral, to represent it’s membership.

Multi-cultural: 74% of adult volleyball players in Ireland are foreign nationals, coming from 64 different nationalities. The colour palette is purposely neutral to represent all of our members and the global community that exists in the Irish volleyball community.

Ambitious: To be truly ambitious you have to be different, you have to stand out from the crowd. The new brand isn’t afraid to do that, it’s bold and it’s dramatic – just like Volleyball.

Branding Sport, formerly known as Atomic Sport is a sports marketing agency that works with the likes of Leinster Rugby, Rory McIlroy & the Olympic Federation of Ireland. 

Sport For Business is a publishing, networking and events company that connects the worlds of sport & business together.

Vine Digital Ireland is a digital marketing agency based in Co. Kildare, led by former International Volleyball player Cillian Bracken.

Volleyball Ireland Brand Logbook

CEV BoA members lay foundations for Volleyball to continue to thrive

CEV President Aleksandar Boričić chaired on Friday a virtual meeting of the CEV Board of Administration, welcoming those members joining for the very first time after the elections held this past October as well as those returning to spend another term working for the good of the Volleyball game. The discussions revolved around the future of European Volleyball, with the BoA members sharing the same positive energy, commitment and ambition to help grow the sport even further.

In order to achieve such a goal, they identified areas where to work in first instance, with an emphasis put on TV, marketing and data collection to capitalise on the potential disclosed by the signing of important multi-year partnerships sealed in 2019 and early 2020. This is obviously the way to go in order to stay competitive in the sports business and make sure that European Volleyball becomes a benchmark and a point of reference in this industry.

Despite the many challenges brought by the current global health crisis, the European Volleyball family is working hard and already looking forward to a number of top events due to take place in 2021. The list includes the CEV Champions League Volley Super Finals, EuroVolley as well as EuroBeachVolley. Despite all constraints, the priority remains to deliver events that can inspire the next generation of Volleyball players as well as provide an iconic stage for the top players in Europe and in the world to display their supreme physical and technical skills while energising and thrilling their supporters.

However, elite sport would not exist without its promotion at the grassroots level and with this in mind, the BoA members agreed on the establishment of a Development Working Group in charge of coordinating all projects dealing with the promotion of the sport among the youngsters as well as the work done by Zonal Associations to this very same extent. These actions can pave the way towards the growth of tomorrow’s Volleyball stars and the work to achieve this goal starts today already.

While innovating and working to raise the status of the Volleyball game even further, the European Volleyball family will continue to work in cooperation with the FIVB – as the two organisations have been close partners for many years and share the same vision to make Volleyball as popular as possible across the globe and all age groups.

Finally, to continue with the trend set by the unprecedented ‘Marshall Plan’ for European Volleyball launched this past spring, the CEV Board of Administration endorsed a proposal to provide further financial support to members of the Volleyball family so that activities can continue even in times of coronavirus pandemic. This decision is testament to the CEV’s wish to help overcome the crisis and lay the foundations for the sport to continue to thrive as soon as some sort of normalcy is back in everyone’s lives.

In other words, European Volleyball appears stronger than ever in its desire to find sustainable ways to navigate these difficult times and the CEV will continue to work with all stakeholders as members of one team in order to ensure a bright future of the sport!

Webinar inspires National Federations to play their role to grow Snow Volleyball

The winter season is fast approaching and more than 40 people, representing as many as 30 National Federations, attended a webinar hosted on Thursday afternoon by the CEV Snow Volleyball Department to review where the development of this sport stands and share plans for the future. Switzerland were the first country to announce their intention to deliver two Snow Volleyball events this season, including open to international athletes, with many more countries hopefully following their example despite the challenges still brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

The programme of the webinar included a demo about the use of the VIS (Volleyball Information System) specifically designed for National Federations to manage their players and run Snow Volleyball competitions, with Alberto Rigamonti from the FIVB IT Department briefing the attendees on the use of this tool.

The webinar was also an opportunity to share experiences and best practices, with the Austrian Volleyball Federation – a true pioneer in the development of this sport – reviewing milestones in the history of the game ‘officially’ born in the Austrian Alps, where the first such events took place more than a decade ago. Florian Schabbauer emphasised the importance of working closely with an experienced event partner / agency for the successful delivery of Snow Volleyball competitions – as well with ski resorts, which provide the ideal background and scenery to inspire players and fans alike.

The staff working at the CEV Snow Volleyball Department used the webinar as an opportunity to review the CEV Regulatory Framework, the documents specifically designed for a smooth organisation and delivery of international Snow Volleyball competitions as well as the homologation process for national tours / national championships. Any such homologation brings the benefit of ranking points awarded by FIVB and CEV to the participating teams.



Moreover, to inspire National Federations to contribute to the steady growth of the game, which has been a part of the CEV’s portfolio since 2016, CEV Snow Volleyball Coordinator Daniel Horvath reviewed the many opportunities available to host a Snow Volleyball competition. These range from holding exhibition matches and festivals to national and / or zonal tours all the way up to the Snow Volleyball European Tour and #EuroSnowVolley. The CEV is liaising with National Federations and promoters to finalise the schedule of this year’s European competitions – whose delivery will happen in strict compliance with detailed hygiene and health protocols specifically devised for Snow Volleyball.

Since the CEV’s aim is to encourage a continuous exchange of information and best practices, it was certainly interesting and beneficial for the attendees to listen to the experience of Dirk Decher, who has been overseeing a number of FIVB and CEV Snow Volleyball tournaments in his capacity of Technical Supervisor. Decher invited all National Federations to make plans to grow Snow Volleyball despite the uncertainty brought along by the pandemic – as well as to be always ready to adjust any plans since the specific conditions surrounding Snow Volleyball competitions require a great deal of flexibility from the organiser’s side anyway.

What is very clear from this webinar is that everyone in Europe is very much looking forward to bringing Volleyball back to some truly iconic places and to playing ball on the snow again after the 2020 season ended abruptly following the outbreak of the global health crisis. 

Stress management in the spotlight in latest School Project webinar

The Secretary of the European Medical Commission (EMC), Dr Zoran Nikolovski, who currently works at the University of Split, delivered a very engaging session on Thursday afternoon to complete the second series of webinars organised and run by the CEV Technical and Development Department. With 15 years of Volleyball coaching and research in the field of sports psychology alongside his medical expertise, Dr Nikolovski had a wealth of information to share on how to manage stress with as many as 78 attendees. 

He has been involved in some research related to stress management and breathing exercises / their effect on our physiology. In the future, this project will continue under the support and endorsement of CEV to measure and witness the effects on referees. The experiment and exercises can apply to the lives of coaches and practically anyone who encounters stress.

Dr Nikolovski started his lecture with the definition of stress and mentioning the General Adaptation Syndrome, which explains stress response. Do we always know where stress comes from, or what it is exactly? Is stress manageable? Can we avoid it? He said that we can find ways to limit it, change the situation, adapt, accept what we cannot change, and even try to have fun. There are many popular methods and practices to help reduce stress including yoga, meditation, nature, self-hypnosis, etc.

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) reflects the way we control our emotions. It speeds up on inhalation and slows down when we exhale. Moreover, HRV decreases when we breathe fast and have negative thoughts/emotions. This means that training our breathing can help the heart’s response to stress, knowing that HRV in the end affects stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin in our bodies.

Dr Nikolovski continued explaining that oscillations (movement back and forth in a regular rhythm) naturally occur in our body, and the goal is to find the right balance so that we can perform better both mentally and physically.

Slow diaphragmatic breathing affects the autonomic nervous system, with Nikolovski showing photos of a sensor demonstration, on how this breathing is measured on a person. Moreover, he shared a video of what the breathing exercise looks like on a monitor and the changes of paces. The exercise usually lasts for 20 seconds, and the software gives a feedback showing your progress towards resonant breathing. The collection of samples shows a continuous drop in hormone levels, thus indicating that this exercise has effects from the beginning! This means that there are measurable ways to lower stress levels.

Dr Nikolovski shared a video demo of the Breath Pacer app, available on smartphones, and explained how anyone can use it in their daily life. Users can adjust the time of inhale/time of exhale/times of holding the breath/total time of exercise, thus achieving lower levels of stress.

Next, he showed the photo of a handball coach’s heart-rate timeline, over the course of a match day, from driving to the sports hall to warmups to continue with match time and after the match. There was a clear spike in HRV during the match, and lowered levels of stress afterwards. The collection of the very same info a second time during a different match showed much lower stress levels after the coach did 20 minutes of resonant breathing exercises before the game.

The session finished with an interactive Q&A session with a focus on stressors and the way to deal with these, in daily life as much as in a Volleyball environment.