Category Archives: Beach Volleyball

SCA Federations join CEV for beach administrators meeting

Despite the constraints still resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, the European Beach Volleyball community is very much looking forward to the upcoming season, as shown by the webinar hosted on Tuesday afternoon by the CEV Beach Volleyball Department. More than 40 Beach Volleyball administrators representing as many as 32 National Federations joined the Zoom session, thus spreading a positive feeling among all those working daily for the good of the sport.

After a rather short and yet successful 2020 season, the months ahead may look challenging at first glance, but both up-and-coming and more established players can already look forward to an impressive number of confirmed events, with major highlights such as the Olympic-qualifying Continental Cup Final and EuroBeachVolley in The Hague and Vienna, respectively.

The staff of the CEV Beach Volleyball Department briefed their colleagues from across Europe about the latest updates and changes to the CEV Regulatory Framework as well as the main requirements for the delivery of successful CEV and FIVB-sanctioned events, including national and zonal tours.

Even though the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe, the CEV’s priority remains to provide opportunities for athletes to compete in an environment that is safe for everyone involved. To this extent, the CEV continues to update its Hygiene Guidelines and Beach Volleyball specifications for the safe delivery of events in pandemic times, learning from the experiences of 2020 as well as taking into consideration the evolution of the global health crisis and the measures adopted by national and international authorities to curb the spread of the virus.

While promoting collaboration and a continuous communication with all stakeholders, the CEV will work hard to deliver Beach Volleyball competitions even in 2021, thus providing the stars of today as well as those of tomorrow with the right stage where to perform, hone their skills and inspire others to follow their example.

At the same time, using its online campus in a more and more digitalised world, the CEV will support the work of National Federations and the growth of the game through educational activities such as comprehensive courses as well as workshops and masterclasses specifically designed for Beach Volleyball coaches and clubs.

What matters the most is that the Beach Volleyball community is very much alive and ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead. We can all look forward to an exciting campaign, which is due to get underway in early May with the second stage of the CEV Continental Cup and the three events coming up in Baden (Austria), Madrid (Spain) and Izmir (Turkey). This will certainly set the tone for another hot and highly entertaining Beach Volleyball season! 

SCA Federations involved in CEV think tank

The CEV Board of Administration decided in late 2020 to establish a series of ‘think tanks’ in order to involve all relevant stakeholders in devising plans to innovate and further grow the sport at all levels. This move is testament to the CEV leadership’s vision and wish to foster a continuous communication with all partners while urging to think out of the box in order to find new ways that can raise the status of the Volleyball game in the sports business.  

A series of virtual meetings involving invitees to the Beach Volleyball think tank took place on Friday. The attendees discussed a number of strategic items such as the identification of a sustainable business model to deliver Beach Volleyball competitions in Europe and the future event structure, the involvement of National Federations and clubs in activities to grow the game and the use of Beach Volleyball facilities towards the achievement of such goals.

The think tank involved representatives of National Federations, event organisers / promoters, clubs, and other key stakeholders – each one with their own interesting perspective on things, but all equally motivated to contribute to the further growth of Beach Volleyball in Europe.

The outcome of their work and discussions will provide valuable food for thought to the CEV Board of Administration when devising plans to raise the profile of Beach Volleyball and inspire the next generation of elite players. 

Scotland to host European qualifier for next year’s Commonwealth Games

Scottish Volleyball is delighted to announce that after a successful bidding process, the organisation will deliver the double gender qualifier for the Beach Volleyball competition of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The event – held in Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh City Council at the end of September 2021 – will feature teams from across the European members of the Commonwealth competing for the coveted automatic qualification place at next year’s Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

With the continued uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, planning is and remains changeable; however, Scottish Volleyball hope they will be able to host some spectators. Meanwhile, Scottish Volleyball are already examining innovative ways to share live broadcasts of the event and increase the exposure for all involved.

The application to host the event was part of Scottish Volleyball’s wider beach performance strategy – which currently involves the recruitment of a Head Performance coach launched earlier this week (click here for further info). Scottish Volleyball hope that by organising the qualification tournament they will provide Scottish players the best possible opportunity to make it to the Games, while offering Beach Volleyball to the wider public and shine the light on Edinburgh as a host city.

“This is a fantastic opportunity not only for our players to qualify, but for our sport to showcase some fantastic international competition. I am excited to be involved in the delivery of this event and I hope it gives everyone another positive to look forward to as we ease out of the current restrictions,” says Scottish Volleyball Competitions Officer Veronica Rusich.

Scottish Volleyball CEO Margaret Ann Fleming MBE is equally thrilled with this successful bid. “I am delighted that the Commonwealth Games Federation selected our bid to host this European qualification tournament and would like to thank FIVB, CEV, Team Scotland, all the Scottish Volleyball staff and volunteers for their continued hard work and commitment to developing our sport and provide the very best opportunities for our players. There is an enormous amount of work delivered around our beach performance programmes and our return to community sport. #PowerOfSport is key to our return to normal and we are determined to make sure that Volleyball will be at the heart of this.”

Scotland looking for a Beach Performance Coach

Scottish Volleyball are marking the 500 day countdown to the 2022 Commonwealth Games by launching a search for our first ever High Performance Beach Volleyball coaching post.  In partnership with the world volleyball federation, FIVB and sportscotland

This is the first opportunity of its kind in Scottish beach volleyball and clearly displays our ambition and intent to develop beach volleyball at the elite level.  The key roles of the new position are to develop performance beach athletes, pathways and a series of network coaches to secure the sports long term development.

For the full information, click here.

Seven 1- and 2-Star World Tour events on European soil confirmed for 2021

Despite the many constraints caused by the global health crisis, Beach Volleyball players can look forward to a busy and exciting 2021 season, featuring as many as seven FIVB World Tour 1-Star and 2-Star events in countries as diverse as Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Slovenia. The CEV will continue to liaise with National Federations and their promoters in an effort to provide Beach Volleyball players with as many opportunities as possible to compete internationally, always doing so in compliance with strict health and hygiene protocols

Bulgaria’s capital Sofia will be playing host to as many as four double-gender tournaments throughout the summer of 2021. These will be taking place at the newly built Sofia Beach Resort & Sports Complex, which includes a hotel, eight indoor/outdoor Beach Volleyball courts, a swimming pool, a fitness room and a restaurant all located in Pancharevo, Sofia. This unprecedented series of international events aims at growing Beach Volleyball in the Balkan country. “In the last 12 months we have been able to increase the interest in Beach Volleyball because of the exceptional complexes we have built,” says Bulgarian Volleyball Federation President Lubomir Ganev. “In Bulgaria, there are a lot of wonderful places for the sport. The Bulgarian Federation will help with all that it possible to grow the game.”

The president of the Sofia Beach Volleyball Club Yariv Lerner said, “After the success of last year’s exhibition tournament we are excited to continue developing the Bulgarian Beach Volleyball community in cooperation with the FIVB and CEV. Whilst indoor volleyball has taken a front and centre seat in the Bulgarian Volleyball community, we know that there are exceptional athletes here ready and willing to compete in Beach Volleyball too. Bulgaria is an amazing country with a lot to offer and we are excited to develop it into a world-class hub for Beach Volleyball.”

Next to the eight Sofia events, the provisional calendar for the 2021 season includes a number of other events, even at venues where the World Tour will be stopping for the very first time.

The Czech Volleyball Federation will deliver a 2-Star event in late May in Prague – where a World Tour event returns after a break of a few years. Beach Volleyball has grown in popularity in this country, especially courtesy of the results achieved by their elite women’s teams, but David Schweiner and Ondrej Perusic have become a force to reckon with in international men’s competition as well.

Later this summer, the World Tour will return to Belgium with a 1-Star double-gender event due to take place in Leuven from July 15 to 18. This will be only the second World Tour tournament ever organised in Belgium, after Knokke-Heist broke new ground to this extent in the summer of 2019.

Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana has been a regular feature on the World Tour calendar for a number of years now and their iconic downtown location will welcome back elite Beach Volleyball teams from July 27 to August 1. Last year, Ljubljana delivered the very first international (Beach) Volleyball event since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, doing so with much courage and success.

CEV President addresses open letter to Volleyball fans

After chairing a meeting of the CEV Board of Administration late last week resulting in the approval of a ‘Marshall Plan’ for European Volleyball worth € 11.5 million, CEV President Aleksandar Boričić has taken the time to pen an open letter to all Volleyball fans. It encourages fans to stick together – just like members of the same Volleyball team – and to look after each other, while inviting them to come forward and share with the CEV their ideas and suggestions, as the Volleyball family works hard to overcome the coronavirus crisis and to support all stakeholders in the best possible way.

This is the full text of the letter:   

Dear Volleyball Fans,

I very much hope that this message finds you and your loved ones in good health and high spirits.

We are going through an unprecedented crisis since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which has brought competitive sport, among other things, to a complete standstill across the globe.

I acknowledge that we at the CEV share your very same feelings; we miss, as much as you do, competitive Volleyball, and I know that many of you cannot wait to join your friends and keep the ball flying again.

But for the time being we have to be patient and make the best use of what we have learned from our beloved sport: the sense of sticking together, working as team, while showing solidarity and compassion for one another. Therefore, I trust that you are using this time to look after your family and friends, supporting each other through these challenging times – as one team.

With much regret, we had to take tough decisions and to cancel various competitions due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, among others the much-anticipated Champions League Volley Super Finals in Berlin. Believe me, it has been a very difficult call for us, but the well-being and safety of players, coaches and all of you remain our priority.

Meanwhile, I can assure you that the CEV is working tirelessly together with all our stakeholders to manage the effects of the crisis, but also to make sure that we are ready to re-start the engine of our activities once conditions allow and it is safe for everyone to do so.

I hope that you have been enjoying the work we have done through social media in order to engage with you and to help you pass the time you are spending at home with some Volleyball and quite a bit of fun.

The CEV remains open for any comments, suggestion and proposal you may have, the CEV would be happy to receive your feedback.

As I share everyone’s hope that life comes back to normal as soon as possible, I would like to reassure you that there is no virus or adversity that can extinguish the fire of passion that makes our hearts beat for Volleyball!

Stay safe and healthy until we can meet again!

With my best personal regards,


Aleksandar Boričić
CEV President

Scottish Beach Volleyball community celebrate past while building future

In a time where many would normally be making the final tweaks to their domestic Beach Volleyball programme before it gets underway in May, the Scottish Volleyball Association (SVA) are instead using these days to reflect on what they have achieved as a sport with the help of the Team Scotland media team.

Over the last few weeks, Beach Volleyball has featured heavily in Team Scotland’s Sports Focus Spotlight. They have been looking back at everything from the first players in history to represent Team Scotland on the world stage at the Commonwealth Youth Games Bahamas 2017 to further history making with the senior team success in the sports debut at the Commonwealth Games, at the Gold Coast 2018.

Team Scotland spoke to Emma Waldie and Jenny Lee, who represented Scotland at the Youth Games in 2017 (see Facebook video here) as well as to the senior Commonwealth Games athletes (Melissa Coutts, Lynne Beattie, Robin Miedzybrodzki and Seain Cook) about their experiences at the Gold Coast, what it meant to them and what their favourite memories are.

For Robin and Seain’s account of their Gold Coast experience, read the full article here.

To find out about what the Gold Coast meant to Lynne and Melissa, read the full article here.

Further to this international success, the SVA have been working closely with the British Volleyball Federation and the other home nations, to build a case for Beach Volleyball at the performance level going forward to Birmingham 2022 and beyond. This work is ongoing, and they hope it will only present further opportunities for future generations of Scottish athletes to follow in the footsteps of previous Commonwealth Games athletes.



It is important to recognise that the success the Scottish Beach Volleyball community has had is not only at the playing level. There has been great success with Jamie Salvin as well, completing his qualifications to become an international beach referee officiating at FIVB, CEV and Zonal competitions all over the world, with this also contributing heavily to putting Scotland on the international Beach Volleyball map.

It has been inspiring to look back at these insights and successes, but this is only the beginning. “What we have achieved so far will be used as a platform to launch our sport to the next level with Birmingham 2022 and other exciting opportunities on the horizon. This means working to develop, not only our performance pathways, but also our club and community engagement where we are steadily building demand and capacity in our sport for all levels and abilities,” says Lynne Beattie.

A great example of this is the inception of a brand new beach volleyball club in Ayrshire. West Coast Beach Volleyball (WCBV) have followed in the footsteps of Edinburgh Beach Volleyball club in the East of the country who have seen a massive surge in interest for Beach Volleyball at a community level, at their permanent hub in Portobello.

As a governing body, the Scottish Volleyball Association are also involved in some fantastic ‘Changing Lives’ project work in Edinburgh, aimed at breaking down the barriers that some communities face to sports participation, as well as using sport intentionally to support skills development opportunities for young people, encouraging positive destinations when they leave school.

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.