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SCA Edinburgh 2021 – Day 3

The sun was shining on the final day at the Small Countries Association Edinburgh 2021 at Liberton High School. With a busy schedule of quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals, matches began at 9:00am with the remaining two men’s quarterfinal matches. Stewart and McKelvie (SCO) took on a strong Northern Irish pairing, ultimately coming out as victors with a 2-0 win over Stewart and Scott (NIR). The next match saw Fraser and Mexson (SCO) push Ferry and Ferry (MON) to the limit, with the last set reaching 26-24 before Ferry and Ferry managed the 2-0 win.

Moving to the women’s semi-finals, up first was Morrison and Barbour (SCO), winning 2-0 against Gretarsdottir and Vigfusdottir (ISL) in tight sets. Einarsdottir and Jónsdóttir (ISL) also won in 2-0 sets against England’s Keefe and Tucker. The sun stuck around for the men’s semi-finals, with Kostler and Klaffinger (AUT) bringing the heat against McGuigan and Riddle (SCO) in their 2-0 win. Stewart and McKelvie (SCO) were back on court for their semi-final match against the Ferry brothers, just missing out on the win 2-0.

With 4 matches left in the day, it was all hands on deck for the next to bronze medal matches. Keefe/Tucker (ENG) brought all they could against Gretarsdottir/Vigfusdottir (ISL), but the Icelandic team played strong and managed the 2-1 win for 3rd place. In the men’s side it was Scotland v Scotland, with heated words being exchanged between the two teams before McGuigan and Riddle scored the win 2-0.

Finally, the finals! The women’s final was first up, with Scotland’s Morrison and Barbour (SCO) facing a strong Icelandic duo in Einarsdottir and Jonsdottir (ISL). Both teams played incredibly well, with Einarsdottir and Jonsdottir (ISL) taking the well deserved win 2-0. The men’s match saw Austrian wild cards Kostler and Klaffinger (AUT) up against Ferry and Ferry (MON). With other nation’s teams watching the match, Kostler and Klaffinger (AUT) brought the win home in a 2-0 competition.

Scottish Volleyball CEO Margaret Ann Fleming presented each team with their trophies from a distance. We as an association would like to take this moment to thank all teams and their associations for taking part in this zonal event. In addition, a big thank you goes out to all the staff and volunteers for their help in running this event so smoothly.

SCA Edinburgh 2021 – Day 2

Day 2 started with a bang today, with pool play continuing throughout the morning. Neill and Park (NIR) were up first with our 2nd three set match of the competition, just losing out on the win against Fraser/Mexson (SCO). Dropping the net height we moved to some women’s matches, with Beattie and Coutts comfortably winning 2-0 against Ranklin and Baillie (SCO). Einarsdottir and Jónsdóttir’s (ISL) match followed in a similar way, also winning 2-0 against Blair and Harris (SCO). Waldie and Gillies’ match had a brief interruption with a medical timeout, but after athletes were checked out, the game finished with a 2-0 win for Keefe and Tucker (ENG). The women’s pool matches finished with Morrison and Barbour’s 2-0 win over their Northern Irish opponents Scott and Montgomery.

The Ferry brothers started off the men’s matches, with a 2-0 win over Robb and McCaughern (NIR). Wild card Kostler and Klaffinger (AUT) continued their win streak with a 2-0 over Whiteside and Workman (NIR). Another Scotland against Scotland match was up next, with Boyle and Caldwell (SCO) coming out top with a 2-0 win over Scott and McKelvie (SCO). Stewart and Scott (NIR) finished off the men’s pool play, providing an exciting 2-1 win over their Northern Irish counterparts Neill and Park (NIR).

A three set thriller was up next, with Gretarsdottir and Vigfusdottir (ISL) upsetting home team Beattie and Coutts (SCO) with a 2-1 win. Morrison and Barbour (SCO) quickly dispatched Ford and Holmes (NIR) 2-0, with Keefe and Tucker beating Wales’s Ionascu and Skidmore (WAL) 2-0 shortly after. Einarsdottir and Jónsdóttir (ISL) finished off the women’s quarter finals with a 2-0 win over Scotland’s McLean and Fowler (SCO).

The last two matches of the day were the first of the men’s quarter-final matches. Making it three for three, Kostler and Klaffinger (AUT) won 2-0 against Devey and Robins (WAL). Finishing off the day was a classic Scotland versus Scotland, with McGuigan and Riddle ending on a high with a 2-0 win against the McHardy brothers.

Tomorrow sees the completion of the men’s quarter finals, before moving on the semi-finals and eventually the finals! Make sure to watch out for the live streams on Scottish Volleyball’s facebook page.

2021 Moving the Mass volleyball series

We are delighted to announce 2 online programs with our Volleyball expert in the moving the mass series:

– Be Creative with Exercises

– Smash Volley the Next Generation

We trust that these online programs will be of interest to our members and that your federation can endorse it through its social media channels, website and email distribution. We ask that you distribute the registration link so people can register for these 2 activities and in particular youth coaches, teachers and others that are working with the youth or working in ways in how to attract newcomers and even to learn new ways to train and motivate Volleyball participation from an early age.

The dates for the program are April 24th and April 27th 2021. Please refer to the attachment.

The program is above and the link for participation is below and each participant must register at the below links:

Saturday 24th April – Be Creative with Exercises

Tuesday 27th April – Smashball, the Next Generation

Golden Sets decide dramatic Faroese league finals

In the most dramatic fashion, the women’s team of SÍ Sørvágur and the men of Mjølnir Klaksvík claimed the Faroese national league titles after winning the Golden Set to 15 in their respective two-series finals.

Women’s Final

Thursday, April 1: Dráttur vs SÍ Sørvágur 0-3 (14-25, 18-25, 15-25)
Saturday, April 3: SÍ Sørvágur vs Dráttur 2-3 (25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 25-21, 12-15)
Golden Set: SÍ Sørvágur vs Dráttur 17-15

The women of SÍ had made short shrift of Dráttur in the first leg  on Thursday with a comfortable 3-0 win, but as the set difference does not count – only victory itself does – Dráttur had another opportunity on Saturday and “only “ needed to win the match to force the 2nd leg final into an all-deciding Golden Set to 15 points.

Having lost the opening set after having thrown away a healthy lead, Dráttur came back strong and won the second and third ones, but SÍ were on top again in the fourth to set up the tiebreaker where a win would secure them the title. However, Dráttur fought hard and from 7-all opened up a three-point gap which they managed to preserve to win the tiebreaker 15-12 to send the final into a winner-takes-all Golden Set to 15.

The Golden Set was going SÍ’s way as they took a 9-4 lead, but Dráttur levelled at 13-13 and went on to get a championship point at 15-14, but SÍ (pictured above) survived the scare and won the next three points to claim a 17-15 set victory – and most of all, the Faroese league title.

The players and coaching staff of Mjølnir celebrate their third straight Faroese national league title

Men’s Final

Thursday, April 1: ÍF Fuglafjørður vs Mjølnir 1-3 (14-25, 22-25, 26-24, 21-25)
Saturday, April 3: Mjølnir vs ÍF Fuglafjørður 2-3 (25-21, 14-25, 23-25, 25-19, 17-19)
Golden Set: Mjølnir vs ÍF Fuglafjørður 15-11

The men’s final was just as dramatic. As ÍF Fuglafjørður had lost the first leg against Mjølnir Klaksvík 1-3, their only path to the title was by winning the second match and the eventual Golden Set. That dream seem to have faded as ÍF faced a match point at 14-15 in the tiebreaker and again at 15-16, but ÍF dug deep and turned it around to win 19-17 and set up the all-decisive Golden Set. There, Mjølnir made a crucial break at 11-10 and went on to win the Golden Set 15-11 and with it their third Faroese championship in succession. 

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.

scotland’s September to Remember

Today is a historic day in the history of our sport.

A short time ago we launched our new logo and brand.This has been a culmination of months of hard work with my board, staff, volunteers, and I hope you are as excited about it as we all are.

This new image is the tip of the iceberg of our new and exciting programme of development work that has been undertaken to enhance the quality and expertise that exists within our sport.  Our aim is to improve how we communicate with our membership and provide a platform for a strong future.  This is much more than a new colour scheme, font and logo.  As a staff team and board, we have been on a journey to develop a new mission, vison and values document that will be our compass and foundation for all future work.

We are coming towards the end of a 12-year development strategy which had the strap line of Bigger, Better, Stronger.  As we emerge from this global pandemic, I am delighted that our sport is returning with a clear vision for the future, with a fresh modern image and a drive and purpose that I have no doubt will allow us to reach new heights.

Every aspect of our new brand has been designed and planned with great detail.  The colour scheme embodies our countries sporting pedigree with a modern twist, the deep navy which reflects the history of sport in Scotland. This is complimented by a light blue based on the modern saltire and completed a rich vibrant purple which mirrors the iconic Scottish hill side heather.  The logo itself is formed with the S and V and shaped into a volleyball and we think it’s a great new fit for our sport.  Moving forward, we will be known as Scottish Volleyball and I know it will take a bit of time for us all to get used too, this new streamlined title reflectsour modern approach.

Please keep an eye on our social media throughout the day as we share more and more of our new image.  Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to highlight the key work our graphic designer, Megan Raats, who has undertaken this process on behalf of Scottish Volleyball.  Megan, who is a recent graduate of the University of Edinburgh and a volleyball player was the perfect fit for this project.  Not only does she have expertise and knowledge of graphic design, she is also part of the Scottish volleyball family. Her keen and innovative vision has allowed our ideas to be drawn into the amazing new brand.

Megan was able to make our vision of a new identity come to reality. It has not been an easy process; we have had countless versions and setbacks over the course of the past 10 months. I would like to personally thank Megan for her great work and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her.  If you would like to see her incredible works, you can have a look at her website and portfolio here! You can also follow her on Instagram and LinkedIn.

The next few weeks will give you an opportunity to see some of the new industry leading partnerships that we are entering into in this new era for Scottish Volleyball.  We look forward to you being involved with us for what is going to be an incredibly exciting journey.

Margaret Ann Fleming, MBE