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Ireland launches fundamental Movement Skills programme

Volleyball Ireland were delighted to launch a new programme as part of the CEV Schools Project. Mini Spikers uses Volleyball to develop Fundamental Movement Skills in children aged 5-8 years old. This focus on physical literacy reinforces the building blocks for all sports with specific games to aid improvement in running, catching, throwing and hitting.  The first intake of schools took part in a launch event at Volleyball Ireland’s National Finals Weekend in May where over 50 children from local primary schools enjoyed Volleyball for the first time.

Programme Coordinator Jessie Carmody said, “Mini Spikers is about helping children improve their agility, balance and coordination as well as other elements of physical literacy. Research has shown that if a child has competent physical literacy, they are more likely to stay in sport. For Volleyball, it is vital that children can throw, catch, strike and jump before we introduce the specific skills of the dig, serve and spike. It is about getting the right foundation in place. There is a positive correlation between a child’s competency level and their enjoyment of a sport. And if they enjoy a sport, they will keep playing.”

Mini Spikers is part of a thorough pathway for participation in Ireland, which includes age appropriate adapted games for children from 5 years old right through to active elders aged 95 years old.

The programme is open to all schools with teacher training and resources provided to help school staff introduce Mini Spikers.

Coaches Convention inspires attendees to find best ways to work with children

The first day of the truly historic Coaches Convention hosted by the CEV at the Slovenian mountain resort of Kranjska Gora was a real success, with as many as 96 attendees representing 28 National Federations enjoying the opportunity to learn from some of the best experts when it comes to working with young players. It was an interesting experience for all those who signed up to the convention, as they could learn some insights and small secrets as to how they can make sure that children fall in love with Volleyball at first sight.

Saturday’s programme included a theoretical session in the morning before the lecturers and the attendees moved to the local sports hall in the afternoon for practical drills and demonstrations. The young players of the Volleyball club Vital LJUBLJANA assisted the four lecturers in the delivery of the practical session.

The panel includes Remko Kenter of the Netherlands, Belgium’s Kristof De Loose, Peter Morell of Denmark and the highly successful Italian coach, Marco Mencarelli, a multiple World and European champion with Italian youth and junior national teams.

The Coaches Convention continues on Sunday morning with an open discussion involving the speakers and the attendees. It is the first such event hosted by the CEV in their history – which is testament to the Confederation’s continuous efforts made at helping National Federations and their coaches grow the game at the grassroots level.

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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.

CEV Schools Project – SCOTLAND


In partnership with the CEV, Scottish Volleyball have been working with the CEV to build a robust platform to grow school level volleyball as part of the CEV Schools Project.  #NETSETGO has concentrated on introducing the game earlier, with Primary School pupils and teachers being the primary focus for our project in 3 key areas across Scotland.

We wanted to show young people that volleyball was an option for them as early as primary school and present a pathway to club volleyball through fantastic partnership working between the SVA, Volleyball Clubs, Active Schools, sportscotland, Local Authorities and Young Leadership programmes.

Educating teachers has been a priority, as we know how valuable they are in developing our sport across the school pathway.  With the support of CEV, we have started to collate some great ideas and content for teachers to use within a school setting and we are now seeing the benefits of sharing this nationally.

Nationally the project has worked with over 450 primary age students and delivered Talent days, Master classes, Teacher CPD, Leadership training and Volleyball Festivals.  The project has also supplied 6 brand new SVK5 Mikasa Volleyballs to each cluster primary school& 6 brand new SK5 Mikasa Volleyballs and a Mikasa volleyball net to each High School to help support the future delivery of such events and sessions.

What we have achieved with this project has exceeded our expectations, not just in terms of numbers of players and teachers involved, but the quality of sessions and events with which we have delivered as a result of these great partnerships, and we are really excited to further develop the project going forward into next year. 

Here’s a little more about what we did…

CEV Schools Project

Area (1) Strathaven Academy, South Lanarkshire

In Strathaven, over 170 primary school pupils were introduced to the sport of volleyball through coaching sessions by local club coaches and the SVA.  To further support this development, the SVA delivered a Young Leaders Award to train senior pupils up to be able to continue the development in the school longer term. 

To celebrate this project, we hosted a volleyball festival at Strathaven Academy and we were delighted to be joined by CEV staff; Vuk Karanovic and Kristof De Loose.  Kristoff delivered an inspiring session for the young people, presenting a unique and fun way to introduce volleyball to beginners.  The SVA are now using his ideas to develop and inspire teachers around the country.

CEV Schools Project

Area (2):  Drummond Community High School, Edinburgh

Drummond Community High School in Edinburgh, has been the setting for our second key area in Scotland.  We have engaged 100 primary school pupils from 4 local primary schools to our sport through a variety of sessions including curriculum sessions and talent days.  This project has also paved the way for 15 Drummond Community High School senior students to train as sports leaders, who are now further developing their skills with the Active Schools team at the high school. The High School leaders supported with the organisation, administration and excellent delivery of the Volleyball sessions and events.

Jets Volleyball Club helped support this, sharing information about their club sessions, to show the pathway for the local young people to play out with school.

This project was celebrated with a volleyball festival for all 100 pupils to put their learning into practice, where they got the chance to play against other schools and have some fun.

CEV Schools Project

Area (3) Kinross High School, Perth & Kinross

In our third focus area, the 2018/2019 project has delivered development sessions to 5 local primary schools, engaging 171 pupils to volleyball and the opportunities the sport has to offer.  To support this delivery, the SVA have supported teacher training sessions so that the teachers can continue this great work within their curriculum.

Perth and Kinross Volleyball Club supported this project both financially and with a workforce who attended the events and sessions alongside the SVA and again these partnerships have been crucial to making this project a huge success.

This project was celebrated with a day at Kinross HS for all 171 pupils to receive further coaching from SVA and club coaches and a chance to play in a fun tournament against the other schools in the area, using the new balls and nets that they had received as part of the project.

Project Future

We are delighted that the CEV are keen to support this project into its second year and we are very excited to continue this great work in each local area.

Mini-Volleyball festival sparks enthusiasm among school pupils in NIR

Coleraine, a town on the River Bann in Northern Ireland, played host to the CEV School Project recently. This was the appropriate venue for such an action, as the local Ulster University hosted for many years an Easter trainiAng school whereat most of Northern Ireland’s Volleyball coaches and referees obtained their qualifications. However, this month it was the Primary School children to take the spotlight, who showed a bright future for Northern Ireland’s Volleyball family.

Eleven teams from five local Primary Schools and their teachers took part in a very happy Mini-Volleyball tournament at the Coleraine Leisure Centre supported by the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. 
Jonathan McFadden, Sport Development Manager, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council said: “The Mini-Volleyball Development programme currently running in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough has enabled us to link with a new governing body and offer the schools in the borough the opportunity to learn and develop new skills in a fast and exciting sport. Causeway Coast and Glens prides itself in its sporting diversity and strong community sport programmes. Mini-Volleyball adds to this community approach and we hope to strengthen the links and help grow the programme in the coming months.” 

The podium of the competition featuring pupils from Ballysally Primary School (first), Harpur’s Hill PS (2.) and Macosquin PS (3.)

Jeff Scott, Primary Class 7 teacher from Harpur’s Hill Primary School said: “The children in my class have really enjoyed this programme. They have been excited for weeks for the celebration day that we had where they were able to put what they learnt into practice when playing fun games against other schools. My pupils have already been asking me about opportunities for them to play it even more, either in local clubs or within school again next year.”

Ian Walker, Head Coach of the Blaze Volleyball Academy and former NIR Youth Coach also made an appearance at the festival. “What a great event! Our sport is at last being delivered to a much younger generation than normal in Northern Ireland! This is the start of something great with so many children really enjoying the experience. It will also give the older students a chance to serve in a different way in Volleyball. Something that we have lacked in Northern Ireland. Thank you to the CEV and NI Volleyball for making this happen.”

Project Coordinator Joanna McCrory was thrilled with the outcome: “This has been a very exciting project and it is promising to see so much enthusiasm coming from the children and their teachers. We hope that our cooperation with the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and the CEV Development Department will continue and we will be able to introduce Volleyball to many more schools in Northern Ireland.”  

Beach Volleyball ‘Mecca’ Baden hosts seminar for CEV Candidate Supervisors

Apart from hosting the highly successful 1-Star World Tour event that ended on Monday with an Austrian triumph and the 2019 edition of the CEV U18 Beach Volleyball European Championship later this week, Baden is playing host to a seminar addressed to CEV Beach Volleyball Candidate Supervisors from as many as 12 countries.

The seminar runs from June 10 to 12 and on Monday, the attendees enjoyed the opportunity to feel the great atmosphere of the centre court at Strandbad – with a full house rooting for home heroes Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst as they secured their second straight gold medal on home sand.
Baden is providing the ideal location for such a seminar, since it has been home to international Beach Volleyball competitions for 15 years now and the 1-Star tournament and upcoming #EuroBeachVolleyU18 account for the opportunity to organise practical sessions with a focus on venue homologation, VIS as well as the delivery of the medal ceremony.

Two experienced members of the European Beach Volleyball Commission, Mr Oguz Degirmenci and Mrs Bojana Dukic, as well as FIVB / CEV Beach Volleyball Supervisor Joep van Iersel and FIVB / CEV Referee Delegate Heinz Tschumi are delivering a series of lectures together with representatives of the CEV Beach Volleyball Department for the attendees to familiarise with a number of key topics. These include the role of and duties of CEV Technical Supervisors, the CEV Regulatory Framework, competition formats, forms and procedures, etc.

The seminar will end on Wednesday morning with the last session, including a test / questionnaire. Candidate Supervisors from the following countries are attending the workshop in Baden: England, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia and Sweden.

This action testifies once more the CEV’s commitment to educate officials and representatives of National Federations in order to raise the level and quality of event delivery across the whole spectrum of CEV Beach Volleyball competitions.

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.

CEV President visits SCA tournament, meets with Luxembourg Volleyball family

On Friday, CEV President Aleksandar Boričić paid a visit to d’Coque, the iconic National Sports and Culture Centre in Luxembourg City, and more specifically to the women’s Small Countries Association (SCA) Championship that started earlier today and will run there until Sunday.

The CEV President enjoyed some time with the leadership of the Luxembourg Volleyball Federation (FLVB), now chaired by Ms Norma Kemp-Zambon, discussing opportunities for further cooperation with the Grand Duchy’s Volleyball family. The FLVB are currently playing host to the first official SCA competition this year, with participation of the national teams of Faroe Islands, Greenland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

It was the first such meeting with FLVB President Kemp-Zambon, as the CEV and FLVB wish to continue their partnership, which has been especially close since the CEV moved to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg back in the late 80s. The CEV President wished everyone involved in the SCA championship the best of luck as well as a smooth delivery of the event, which adds to the list of international tournaments and competitions successfully hosted by the FLVB in recent years.

the CEV President portrayed together with FLVB President Norma Kemp-Zambon (far right), international referee and President of the FLVB Refereeing Commission Carole Hepp (far left) and the President of the FLVB Finance Commission, Ms Françoise Rossi-Wetzel.

Red Lionesses of Luxembourg claim historic SCA title on home soil

Luxembourg are the winners of the 2019 Small Countries Association (SCA) women’s championship. The ‘Red Lionesses’ fought their way back from a set down to secure a 3-1 victory in the gold medal match with Scotland played on Sunday afternoon at the iconic d’Coque in Luxembourg City. This success bodes well for the Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) that Luxembourg will be contesting later this month in Montenegro.

Luxembourg lost the first set 23-25 but regrouped to claim three in a row (26-24, 27-25, 25-21) at the end of a very close fight to end the Scottish winning streak in the tournament. The Scots were yet to lose a single set going into the gold medal match.

After three competition days, Faroe Islands completed the podium, courtesy of their 3-0 victory (25-11, 25-13, 25-11) in the bronze medal match with Northern Ireland. Ireland settled for the fifth place after securing their first victory in the competition in the classification match with Greenland (3-0; 25-15, 25-23, 25-18).

Despite the absence of some SCA powerhouses such as Cyprus and Iceland, it is a truly historic success for Team Luxembourg. Never before had the ‘Red Lionesses’ claimed gold from the SCA (formerly SCD) event. Luxembourg had previously finished runners-up four times (2005, 2007, 2013 and 2017).

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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.