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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.

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 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.

Scotland poised to host SCA Beach Volleyball Finals

Beach Volleyball is a fast-paced sport that is easy to learn but hard to take your eyes off. Whether it is the 120kph serves that the top players can pull out or a sneaky tip from an up-and-coming junior, Beach Volleyball forces players to be at their physical peak whilst reading an incredibly tactical game.

As such, the Scottish Volleyball Association are proud to be bringing the Small Countries Association (SCA) Beach Volleyball Finals 2019 to Perth thanks to a partnership with Perth and Kinross Council. Not only does this mean four days of international level Beach Volleyball for the people of Perth, but it also allows for the creation of a permanent inland Beach Volleyball Centre in Perth. The former bowling green at Darnhall Tennis Club is being replaced by 400 tonnes of sand in order to provide a fantastic facility for local and national athletes and members of the public alike.

The SCA brings together fifteen of the smallest Volleyball playing nations in Europe to create a more level playing field. The fifteen are made up of nations such as Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Andorra, Luxembourg and even the Faroe Islands and Cyprus. As this event is in Scotland, there are three guaranteed places for Scottish pairs in both the men’s and women’s competition.

Events such as the SCA Beach Finals are becoming increasingly important following the amazing announcement that Beach Volleyball will be a part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. It has also been agreed to have a wild card pair in both the men’s and women’s competition from leading European Federations, these pairs will be bringing all of their experience and skills.

Qualifying for the Main Draw will take place on the Thursday afternoon, from 3pm onwards. This is a prime chance to spot some of the best up-and-coming Scottish Junior Beach Volleyball athletes before the Main Draw begins on the Friday morning. The top athletes from the pool phases will then move onto the quarterfinals and eventually semi-finals on the Saturday afternoon.

These are certainly not to be missed with teams doing their everything to make Sunday’s final. Finally, the organisers will be hoping for one more day of sun for the Finals over lunchtime on the Sunday, as sadly they can guarantee the sand but not the sun.

The event will take place from September 19 to 22. The Finals will take place on Sunday, September 22, from 1pm to 3pm.

Cyprus sports family united to grow Volleyball at all levels

While paying a visit to Cyprus, CEV President Aleksandar Boričić had a high profile meeting with Mr Phivos Zachariades, Adviser to the President of the Republic of Cyprus on Sports (see picture).

President Boričić emphasised the importance CEV is placing in the development of youth sports in Europe and the need for everyone to work together to develop a strategy for that. The CEV President shared his vision to help grow the sport of Volleyball in Cyprus beginning from the grassroots level with the help of the CEV School Project, which includes assistance in terms of provision of balls and equipment, the organisation of coaching seminars and other projects in close collaboration with CEV.

The CEV President portrayed together with the Minister of Education and Sports of the Republic of Cyprus, Dr Kostas Champiaouris.

The response from everyone the CEV President has spoken to – including the President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Dinos Michaelides, and Minister of Education and Sports, Kostas Champiaouris, has been very positive. They all ensured President Boričić that there is already a very good relationship and collaboration between their respective organisations and Cyprus Volleyball and this is certainly going to continue and expand in the future. Volleyball is the second largest sport in Cyprus (behind football) and it is in everyone’s priorities and goals.

President Boričić will remain in Cyprus for a few more days and will have yet another important meeting with the President of the Cyprus Sports Organisation, Mr Andreas Michaelides.

2 weeks to go: Ireland hosts historic Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifier

There is only two weeks to go until some of the best Beach Volleyballers in Europe descend on Bettystown for an international Beach Volleyball competition. The Continental Cup is part of the Tokyo 2020 qualifying series and it will see eight teams battle it out to progress to the second stage. The tournament is taking place in Ireland for the first time, and will become one of the first Olympic team qualifying tournaments held on the island.

The event will see Denmark, Estonia and Slovakia join the hosts in the women’s section, whilst Scotland, Ukraine and Lithuania take on Ireland in the men’s draw.  Excitement is building in the Volleyball community as final preparations take shape. President of Volleyball Ireland Grainne Culliton said, “The Continental Cup is a chance in a lifetime opportunity to see an Olympic qualifier taking place in Ireland. It will be a great weekend of sport and we urge everyone to pop to Bettystown and take a look; it is an incredibly exciting sport with some phenomenal athletes on show.”

The Ireland team will be announced next week, but there is an expectation that Izzy Carey will take the no.1 jersey for Ireland in the women’s team. Carey, who represents UCLA in the American College competition, has recently been awarded the prestigious PAC-10 Student Athlete of the Year Award as she led her Californian College to an unprecedented unbeaten season.  Carey added, “I am thrilled to be pulling on the green jersey again and representing Ireland. It gives me enormous pride and I am excited to meet up with the rest of the squad next week.”

The event will include two competition courts as well come try it activities for children and adults. Volleyball Ireland are also running fun blitzes in local schools ahead of the event as well as a Beginners session for adults on the Thursday evening.  Entry is free of charge all weekend with games all day Saturday and Sunday (June 1 and 2). Click here for further information on the Continental Cup.

Volleyball Ireland announce main sponsor for women’s national team

Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce W.E.D Consulting Ltd as their main women’s team sponsor for 2019.

The Dublin-based consultancy firm specialises in cost management, quantity surveying, project management and specialist project-control services on development and construction projects in Ireland and abroad. The partnership will see W.E.D Consulting becoming Team Ireland’s main sponsor for the Small Countries Association Championship, which begin in Luxembourg today, May 10.

Kevin Murphy, Managing Director of W.E.D Consulting said, “We are thrilled to be involved with the Irish national team in one of the most exciting and innovative team sports there is. We see great potential for the sport and we look forward to supporting the development of Irish Volleyball at an international level. As a company, we work in a fast-paced environment where innovation, vision and growth is key – it’s great to work with an organisation that shares those values.”

Ireland kick off their campaign against the Faroe Islands at 1 pm CET before taking on auld rivals Scotland at 6 pm. The competition also sees Greenland, Northern Ireland and hot favourites Luxembourg competing. Live streaming of the matches is available through the official Facebook page of the Luxembourg Volleyball Federation.

General Manager of Volleyball Ireland Gary Stewart added, “I am delighted to have WED in place as our senior team sponsor. We are putting in place development structures that will create a pathway from participation to performance but to do that needs support and having an Irish company providing that help is a key part of the jigsaw.”

Galway Volleyball Club’s Olivia Molloy is captaining the team and commented, “I would like to personally thank Kevin and WED for their support. The girls will represent Ireland and WED with great pride over the coming days. We have prepared well all year and cannot wait to get going.”

It is a big few weeks for Volleyball Ireland with the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup coming to Bettystown over the June Bank Holiday. Eight teams from across Europe will be competing with a main headline sponsor due to be announced next week.

Seven of the Women’s Volleyball Team with Kevin Murphy of WED Consulting depart Dublin Airport to Luxembourg.

SCA General Assembly at FIVB Congress

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President Margaret Ann Fleming chaired the 2018 General Assembly of the CEV Small Countries Division in Cancun Mexico. This coincided with the historic FIVB World Congress and a first time when all the continental confederations and zones held meetings at the same time and venue as the World Body.

Despite the distance away from home 13 of our 15 Federations were represented (in person or by proxy) many with 2 delegates. The meeting was shorter than usual due to the tight timetable of the Cancun World event but nevertheless valuable discussion was had and notable changes were recognised.

The status of the SCD as a Zonal Association was confirmed by CEV and its change of title to Small Countries Association was noted and further information is to be circulated. Technical and Development Director Helgi Thorsteinsson will circulate new rules and regulations and organisers’ information in the New Year having asked for more information from delegates to be sent to him. The President stressed this was a critical aspect for the Small Countries within CEV.

220917_010.CEV-XXXIXAssembly SCD MAF ChairsTreasurer Niclas Joensen was congratulated on his work and maintaining good control over a healthy budget. Ms Fleming advised the meeting on further CEV developments, the Projects from SCA under consideration for financial support by CEV and the position of Beach Volleyball in the Small Countries scheme.

Noting that Paris is the provisional venue for the 2019 CEV Assembly, the President noted that Vaduz in Liechtenstein could be a possible venue for a longer Small Countries Association development seminar prior to that, and Ms Fleming urged delegates to think ahead and prepare nominations for elections.

SCD Beach Volleyball Finals

The CEV Small Countries Division Beach Volleyball Finals took place in Vaduz, 38446366_1893814263974871_5908966042482245632_oLiechtenstein for the second year in a row last weekend.

With a total of 28 teams competing for the Men’s and Women’s coveted prizes, Vaduz provided the fantastic setting for this competition

The teams arrived on Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for a gruelling weekend of tough and fierce competition. A lot of these teams were competing in their First SCD Beach Volleyball Finals.

The competition started off on Thursday evening with 2 exciting 3 set matches between Cyprus & Ireland and Northern Ireland & Ireland. This set the tone for what was going to be a great evening of competition. A total of 6 matches were played which completed Round 1 of the Women’s Competition and made in roads into the Men’s Competition.

38506573_1897891336900497_4171576046681849856_oDay 2 started in blistering heat with the competition utilising both courts available to them. The Men’s Competition took centre stage with some tough matches between Northern Ireland & Wales and the host Liechtenstein & Northern Ireland. The hosts won a battle against their NIR counterparts to progress to Round 2. The Women’s top seeds started their tournament in the afternoon with all top 4 seeds, CYP1, CYP2 SCO and LIE, safely ensuring their passage to Round 3. Second chance matches in the Double Elimination were between SCO/NIR, IRL/LIE, IRL/CYP and IRL/MON. Scotland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus and Monaco all progressed into the next phase where they would play against the losers of Round 3.

The Men completed a very busy day of competition with their Round 2 and Losers Bracket 1 matches. Monaco caused a huge upset by defeating the CYP 2nd seeds while the top seeds from CYP and San Marino progressed to Round 3. SCO2 were defeated by LUX2 and SCO1 defeated NIR3 to move into the next bracket from the Losers side.

Day 3 again brought +30 degrees heat which started to affect the players later in the day but did not deter from the competitive mindsets of the players.

The Women’s Round 3 pit up some big ties with 2nd seeds CYP2 overcoming SCO1 and LIE1 defeating top seeds CYP1 to progress to the Semi Finals. The losers of Round 3 faced tough matches in the losers bracket. LIE2 took on SCO2 to progress to the next round while first time entrants MON took on CYP3. Great displays by the first-time entrants SCO2 and MON but they couldn’t contain their strong opposition from taking the wins.

CYP3 had a very tough match against MON but overcame them in 2 sets in Men’s Round38612590_1897894626900168_2821780628570112000_o 3, before CYP1 overcame SMR in an epic 3 set battle. CYP2 and NIR1 overcame their tough tests to make it to Losers Bracket Round 3 to take on the losers of Round 3.

The Women’s Losers bracket had SCO1 take on CYP3 and CYP1 take on LIE2. The higher seeded teams showed their dominance in these matches to set up a Semi Final showdown between the Top 4 Seeds.

In the Men’s bracket CYP2 went down to SMR while NIR1 couldn’t maintain their fantastic play against a strong MON side.

The Women’s Semi Finals were a fantastic display of Beach Volleyball with CYP2 overcoming CYP1 and SCO1 upsetting the hosts LIE1 to cement their Final spot.

In the Men’s Semi Finals, Two 3 set matches took place in extremely hot conditions and both matches went over the 1 hour mark which is a remarkable feat from both teams. CYP1 and CYP3 took the honours against SMR and MON respectively with all 4 teams putting every ounce of energy they had left into this match.

38521687_1897896896899941_6958385415145390080_nThe Women’s 3rd Place match was between the Number 1 seeds and the hosts. Cyprus bounced back from their earlier disappointment in the Semi Finals to put a lot of pressure on Liechtenstein to win the bronze medal. A great achievement for the pairing as Daria Gusarova, who is 14, has had a fantastic season on the World Tour with her partner Mariota Angelopoulou.

Another mammoth match took place in the Men’s Bronze Medal match between SMR and MON. Both teams won a set apiece before the heat had an effect on the SMR team and couldn’t compete with the MON team point for point. The Monegasque team picked up their first Beach Volleyball medal in the SCD.

The Women’s final between CYP2 and SCO1 was a rerun of their 3rd round match. This time the Scottish team came out of the blocks on fire and put the Cypriots under pressure winning the first set 21-15. After the disappointment of losing the first set, the Cypriots stepped up their level and took a very commanding lead at the start of the 2nd set and never looked back winning 21-11. The Final set was edgy, tense and dramatic. The teams went point for point until 10-10 when the Cypriots made a good Side Out and then defender Konstantopoulou went back to the service line and out the Scottish team under a lot of pressure which they could not find a way out of handing the SCD Beach Volleyball Finals win to the Cypriot team.

A fantastic victory of the strong pairing of Manolina Konstantinou and Zoi Konstantopoulou over Scotland’s Lynne Beattie and Melissa Coutts brought the Women’s competition to a close.

In the Men’s Final, it was an all Cypriot encounter which 3rd seeds Apostolou/Siapinis38531452_1897897350233229_4058590949071126528_n started this match on fire and made some fantastic transition plays to heap the pressure on their opposition and take the set 21-14. The top seeded Cypriot team of Liotatis/Chrysostomou were not willing to let this title go without a fight and came back with outstanding tactical serving and grinding down the opposition reception unit. Their perseverance allowed them to win the 2nd set 21-17. The Final set was tight but the youthful exuberance of Sotiris Siapanis was controlled very well by his partner Dimitris Apostolou and this channelling of energy allowed the team to find another level before closing out the 3rd set 15-12 and winning the Men’s SCD Final match.

The SCD Beach Volleyball Finals was outstanding and even better due to the hard work and determination of the Liechtenstein Federation to push the SCD agenda in Beach Volleyball.  A huge thanks must go to Philippe Schürmann and Christian Schemeth for making this competition possible. Also a very big thank you to all the teams who attended. The level of the competition was excellent and the spirit in which all the matches were played is very commendable.

Next Year’s edition planning has already begun. We urge more SCD Federations to get involved in Beach Volleyball due to the number of international competitions and opportunities that are available to each Federation.

Anyonee wishing to find out any information about the SCD Beach Volleyball Commission and Competitions should contact the Beach Volleyball President in the first instance.

Full Competition Results

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