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 here.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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, FIVBand 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.
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.
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.
Volleyball Ireland have published their first quarterly report of 2020, which shows a significant increase in registered junior players compared to the same period of last year.
As many as 227 under 18s have active player licenses compared with the end of March 2019, which is mainly due to the fantastic development work carried out in clubs across the country. The newly formed youth national leagues at U18 and U16 level for girls are driving participation as well.
Commenting on the data, General Manager Gary Stewart said, “The Q1 participation report shows that the investment in proper youth competitions is paying off. Not only that, there is clearly an improvement in the standard of youth players coming through which means that the average age of players in the adult national league competition is coming down. There are lots of elements that contribute to this, including quality school programmes, proactive clubs, a progressive youth national team programme and decent coach education courses and workshops.”
A chunk of the youth participation is related to a new Beginner Club Tour that the Volleyball Ireland Development team had planned for March in Limerick, which had almost 50 U13s registered. The week after, the first national boys’ competition also had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
It will be interesting to see what impact the coronavirus situation will have on the figures this time next year, Gary added. “For obvious reasons, we have not opened the beach registration yet which is skewing figures slightly. Also it is worth noting that the number of licensed referees has reduced, so this is an area we need to address quickly and the team working with the Education & Training Commission are planning some new initiatives ahead of the new season.”
Away from the court, the marketing and promotion of Volleyball is improving with a 37% increase in digital followers, mainly driven through additional creative content and an increase in the streaming of various events.
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.
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.
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.