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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 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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CEV Schools Project returns to Cork

The CEV Schools Project returned to Cork this December, thus bringing additional schools with more players into Volleyball. The six-week project began at the end of October with an introductory training day for physical education teachers. This built a base knowledge and allowed the schools to spend the next five weeks preparing their students for the fun blitzes scheduled for December 3-4 in Father Mathews Arena, Cork.

A total of 250 primary school students and over 100 post primary students will participate over the two days. The event will mean schools can compete at a similar beginner level and have challenging games through a fun and relaxed environment.

The project has much to do with the now well-established Cork club Netforce VC. The newly formed junior section will help these students have an avenue to Volleyball they can seek out after school is over to continue their development within the game. Schools will also be assisted into Volleyball Ireland’s national school competitions starting early in 2020. The real success story being Walterstown national school who started their volleyball journey at this same event last year, then making it all the way to an incredible National semi-final.

Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Cork Sports Partnership in working together on this venture and in particular James Kirby who has been a direct link and promoter of the project for the last two years.  Together, the two parties have grown from 120 primary students to an incredible 250 in just one short year. It is exciting to see where they will go next!

Volleyball Ireland host first international Youth Blitz & Camp

This weekend youth teams from across three nations will descend upon Gormanston Park College Sports complex for Volleyball Ireland’s first ever youth development blitz and camp. The weekend camp will aim to build experience for younger players through some challenging matches, without the pressure of international competition.

The event will involve teams representing Denmark and Northern Ireland, as well as a range of regional representative teams made up of Ireland’s national team members and players from the new National Youth League. The blitz style event is partly funded through the CEV/SCA development fund and the Participation to Performance Programme. The schedule and concept will help prepare young players for international competition in the future.

General Manager of Volleyball Ireland, Gary Stewart said, “A key part of the strategy is to provide more opportunities for our young players to grow and learn and we are grateful to the CEV and Small Countries Association for their support. I am sure the players and coaches will gain a lot from the weekend and I would especially like to credit our Development Officer Conor Flood for his drive and determination while developing this project. It will be great to have our friends from Denmark and Northern Ireland with us for the weekend.”

This is the first international youth event of this kind hosted by Volleyball Ireland. The aim is to grow the event, providing opportunities for young Irish Volleyballers to enjoy, learn and develop their skills. It will be the first in a series of international age group events that will provide opportunities for players to reach their potential.

If anyone wishes to come along and watch, there is free entry.

The teams will kick-start the weekend with some training slots on Friday evening. Games will commence 9.30am, Saturday November 30 and will run through until 5pm. Then it is onto dinner and Saturday night activities exclusively for the players and coaches.

The camp will finish on Sunday morning with some light training sessions and fun mixed games.

Scotland's S1/2/3 East Schools Festival

The S1/2/3 East Schools Festival took place once again at [EN]GAGE Sports Centre, Napier University.

With an increase in the number of entries from previous year, this was sure to be a great day of volleyball and it didn’t disappoint.

The level of the Schools Festivals continues to amaze us, which is testament to all the hard work the teachers and club coaches are putting into the development of these young athletes. It is not only the volleyball that is fantastic, but the level of sportsmanship between all the players, staff and coaches.

The competition got underway as normal and it was clear right from the beginning that the schools who are normally ‘in the mix’ would continue to do so. Queensferry HS dominated the Girls competition with all 4 places in the top pool taken up by the South Queensferry School.

Queensferry HS F dominated the pool and then went on to dominate the final against Queensferry E to take home the Festival title.

In the Boys pool, Belmont House A pipped out Queensferry HS A in the afternoon pool to set up a rematch in the final. The level between the boy’s teams was very close with all teams but Queensferry HS A exacted their revenge on Belmont House A to take the boys title

As with every School Festival, there are 2 participants who showed their worth not only on the court, but also in their sportsmanship and the way they distinguish themselves. 

The winners of the MACVolley Sportsperson of the Festivals were Patrick Shaw from Queensferry High School and Rowan Wilson from Belmont House School.

This year we will not only have an S3/4 Schools Cup in Glasgow during March, we will also be introducing the 1 day tournament for S1/2. This competition will take place at the University of Edinburgh on the 24th March 2020.

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Final Placings

PositionBoysGirls
1stQueensferry HS AQueensferry HS F
2ndBelmont House AQueensferry HS E
3rdQueensferry HS BQueensferry HS A
4thBelmont House BQueensferry HS D
5thMadras CollegeBelmont House A
6thBelmont House CQueensferry HS B
7thQueensferry HS CBelmont House B
8thn/aQueensferry HS C

Players and Coaches of the Year headline annual #VolleyGala

Europe’s Volleyball family paid tribute to the very best players and coaches of the year 2019 at the glittering gala held this past Friday in Sofia, Bulgaria. Serbia’s superstars Tijana Bošković and Uroš Kovačević were the recipients of the awards for the Female and Male Volleyball Player of the Year, respectively, after they claimed EuroVolley top honours with their national teams. Slobodan Kovač and Massimo Barbolini, on the other hand, were the Coaches of the Year honoured in the Bulgarian capital.

“Finally, after missing the previous editions of the European Gala, I have the pleasure of sharing such a wonderful moment with the whole Volleyball family,” a visibly emotional Bošković said, as she received the trophy for the Female Player of the Year for the third straight time. “I am obviously happy and proud and would like to thank my family, my teams, National Federation and coaches for all of their support,” added the two-time European champion, 2018 World champion and 2016 Olympic silver medallist, who, at the age of 22, has a resume many much more experienced players can only dream about. “Despite achieving so much success these last few years, I still want to continue to work hard to give my all to this beautiful sport.”

Just like Bošković, Uroš Kovačević was not only a EuroVolley gold medal winner this year, but the Most Valuable Player of the continental prime competition as well. He achieved further success with his Italian club TRENTINO Itas, securing two more titles from the CEV Cup and FIVB Club World Championship. “I would like to thank my coaches because they make me enjoy what I love the most – playing Volleyball,” said the outside hitter, who hails from a Volleyball family, since elder brother Nikola was a long-time member of the Serbian national team as well.

What a trio! The Coach and Male Player of the Year, Slobodan Kovač (left) and Uros Kovačević (right) portrayed together with Bulgarian Volleyball legend Dimitar Zlatanov

It was a truly successful year for Serbia, whose national teams claimed both EuroVolley crowns; this meant they repeated a feat that they had achieved in 2011 already. The men’s triumph in Paris was possibly more of a surprise than the women’s victory in Ankara, especially after a change at the helm of the team following a heavy loss to Italy in an Olympic qualifying event back in August. This is when Slobodan Kovač stepped in to replace Nikola Grbić and lead Serbia to their third EuroVolley title in history. 

“I am obviously proud of our achievement but most of the credit should go to my players,” Kovač said, “since they executed the game plans I prepared together with my staff in a perfect and impeccable way. There was a perfect understanding between us and we always did the right thing at the right moment,” added the 2000 Olympic champion with the former Yugoslavia. Under his guidance, Serbia did not drop a single game at EuroVolley and among their opponents, only Ukraine and France were able to take the match to a fifth set in the quarterfinals and semis, respectively. It was a truly remarkable year for Kovač, who celebrated further success with Belogorie BELGOROD of Russia in the 2019 edition of the CEV Challenge Cup.

The Players and Men’s Team Coach of the Year on stage in Sofia together with all other awardees from the European Volleyball Gala 2019

Massimo Barbolini was not able to attend the gala in Sofia but sent a video message to share his pride for receiving the award designed for the Women’s Team Coach of the Year. This was a well-deserved recognition, especially after he helped Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA claim their maiden CEV Champions League title at the historic Super Finals in Berlin. This accounted for Barbolini’s fourth triumph in the competition – with as many teams.

Pictured above: CEV President Aleksandar Boričić together with the Male and Female Players of the Year, Uros Kovačević and Tijana Bošković

Monaco and Iceland claim top honours at SCA Beach Volleyball Finals

CEV SCA Beach Volleyball Finals 2019, Darnhall Tennis Club, Perth, Sun 22nd Sep 2019. © Michael McConville. To buy unwatermarked prints and JPGs, visit https://www.volleyballphotos.co.uk/2019-Galleries/CEV-FIVB-Events/2019-09-22-BVF

The CEV Small Countries Association (SCA) Beach Volleyball finals ended on Sunday in Perth, capping three days of exciting competition. Despite the rather cloudy and soggy weather, the event was a success. Monaco’s Vincent Ferry/Pascal Ferry claimed the men’s final after delivering an impressive performance against home heroes Ross McKelvie/Callum Stewart of Scotland (21-14, 21-16). In the women’s tournament, Iceland won the gold medal thanks to Elisabet Einarsdottir/Berglind Jónsdóttir, who played a flawless match against a remarkable Cyprus team comprising of the sisters Katerina and Anastasia Yiasoumi (21-18, 22-20).

The Scottish Volleyball Association (SVA) is very pleased with the outcome of the event. This success would not have been possible without the precious collaboration with the Local Council of Perth and Kinross and the Community Justice programme, which accounted for the provision of a great venue where to host the tournament.

Berglind G’gja J—nsd—ttir, Iceland

The team from Iceland claimed the gold medal in the women’s competition

A special mention goes to volleyballphotos.co.uk for the extraordinary pictures taken throughout the entire competition. Last but not least, Scottish Volleyball is very grateful for the exceptional work of both volunteers and staff members, without whom the competition would not have been such a tremendous success.

Pictured above: all medallists together with the Lord Provost of Perth, Dennis Melloy

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