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CEV launch second edition of #1DayMore4Volleyball

Many people still remember – and they do so fondly – February 29, 2016. It was a truly historic day for Volleyball when more than 49,000 people participated in #1DayMore4Volleyball playing as many as 4,500 matches across 551 cities all over Europe in 901 different venues! The 2020 edition will be taking the original concept to the next level, with the action due to take place in conjunction with the next leap day, i.e. February 29, 2020. The aim is to increase participation and to account for as much exposure and visibility as possible, to make it a viral theme on social media.

As the name suggests, it is all about ‘one day for Volleyball’, where our sport will be taking centre stage and inspire especially the younger ones to play the game and live a healthy lifestyle.

Back in 2016, this action involved 28 of the 56 CEV member federations with exhibition matches up to the symbolic mark of 29 points organised and played from the Russian Far East to Gibraltar, thereby involving schools, professional and amateur players, young and old, and even the national men’s Sitting Volleyball teams of Italy and Poland.

Poland and Serbia were the countries recording the highest number of participants, accounting for some 15,000 and 12,000, respectively. Even the staff working at the CEV headquarters in Luxembourg joined #1DayMore4Volleyball, playing one Volleyball and one Sitting Volleyball match against their colleagues of the Luxembourg Volleyball Federation!

Further information is available at the official website https://1daymore4volleyball.cev.eu where you can sign up and vie for one of the many valuable prizes at stake!

This time around, the action will get started with the help of star players from all three disciplines – Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Snow Volleyball – who have taken on a truly unique and entertaining #VolleySkillChallenge. The challenge emphasises one of the truly unique features of Volleyball – since you can play the ball by using your entire body, from your feet to the knees all the way up to the final hit, as you can see here:

We invite all Volleyball lovers to join us and make February 29, 2020 a real, unprecedented ‘Volleyball party’!

Volleyball masterclasses inspire kids and coaches in Dublin

There have been a couple of very exciting days for Volleyball Ireland and especially for local young players and coaches in Dublin. On Thursday, Kristof De Loose, who has a wealth of experience working with youngsters back home in his native Belgium, delivered a Volleyball masterclass at Sutton Park in Dublin with players aged 12-13. This action represents the next step in the implementation of the CEV Schools Project by Volleyball Ireland, which has already helped involve hundreds of kids and inspired them to play the game at their school as well as at local clubs.

Kristof De Loose was one of the lecturers at this year’s historic CEV Coaches Convention held in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, which representatives of Volleyball Ireland attended as well in order to learn from some of the top coaches in Europe to find further sources of inspiration for their work at the grassroots level.

On Thursday afternoon, De Loose and CEV Education and Referee Coordinator François Watthez attended the 2019 edition of the Senior Schools Cup Finals (boys and girls) held at University College Dublin (UCD). Later in the evening, De Loose delivered a second masterclass, this time lasting for some two hours and addressed to 20 club coaches, which included both a theoretical and a practical session.

Grainne Culliton, President of Volleyball Ireland, was obviously delighted with the outcome: “I loved the way the drills gradually built slowly but yet were carried out with pace. It is one of the hardest things to keep children engaged in a 1-to-2 hour session, but Kristof’s approach to coaching is a great way to do this. Fitness and health for children is very high in priorities nowadays, so if we can make sure children have a whole lot of fun when training, they will want to return again and again.”

Volleyball Ireland Development Officer Conor Flood: “I have been fortunate enough to see Kristof in action twice now. Tonight’s masterclass differed from the last session I took part in earlier this year; however, he still stuck to his three core values of Fun, Movement and Learning. By the end of the 1-hour practical session, I was exhausted, smiling and full of new exciting ideas to take back to my own club. This kind of approach to learning takes just a little creativity from any coach and will undoubtedly reap rewards for kids enjoying Volleyball.”

Volleyball Ireland host first international event, want more of the same

Volleyball Ireland hosted this past weekend its first International Youth event in Gormanston College. The ‘Friendship Tournament’ featured the Danish club Farum og Halte, teams representing East and West Ireland, as well as representative sides from the Northern Ireland Volleyball Association. In total, over 180 players descended on County Meath for a weekend of five-set matches, training and coach knowledge transfer. The aim of the event is to help young players learn, grow and develop in a supportive and positive international environment.

The action began on Friday evening with team training, followed by competitive games on the Saturday, social entertainment during the evening and on Sunday morning a chance to play Sitting Volleyball and enjoy coaching by leaders from other teams – this gave coaches a great chance to share ideas, concepts and philosophies. For the Danish team, the Friday included a sightseeing trip in Dublin City, and of course a visit to the Viking Splash Tour!

Conor Flood, Volleyball Ireland’s Development Officer who led the project said, “It was a fantastic weekend of Volleyball with a great energy and buzz. We really wanted to give young players a taste of a weekend competition – what it is like to play against international teams. The feedback has been excellent and we will grow the concept next year opening up entries to other club teams from across Europe. The friendly nature of the event meant coaches were sharing ideas and philosophies and hopefully will be taking this back to their clubs to help improve Volleyball for everyone – that’s what it’s all about.”

All players and coaches stayed in on-site accommodation for two nights, helping them become familiar with a standard setup for international tournaments. General Manager of Volleyball Ireland Gary Stewart added, “One of the learnings from our entry in the U16 European qualifier earlier this year was that our players need more experience before they play internationally, as for a teenager it can be quite daunting. The idea behind this is to help them become familiar with a trip away.”

Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Farum og Halte Volleyball Club and Irish native Dave Colgan for their support getting the event off the ground. Details on the 2020 event will be announced shortly.

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CEV Schools Project returns to Cork

The CEV Schools Project returned to Cork this December, thus bringing additional schools with more players into Volleyball. The six-week project began at the end of October with an introductory training day for physical education teachers. This built a base knowledge and allowed the schools to spend the next five weeks preparing their students for the fun blitzes scheduled for December 3-4 in Father Mathews Arena, Cork.

A total of 250 primary school students and over 100 post primary students will participate over the two days. The event will mean schools can compete at a similar beginner level and have challenging games through a fun and relaxed environment.

The project has much to do with the now well-established Cork club Netforce VC. The newly formed junior section will help these students have an avenue to Volleyball they can seek out after school is over to continue their development within the game. Schools will also be assisted into Volleyball Ireland’s national school competitions starting early in 2020. The real success story being Walterstown national school who started their volleyball journey at this same event last year, then making it all the way to an incredible National semi-final.

Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Cork Sports Partnership in working together on this venture and in particular James Kirby who has been a direct link and promoter of the project for the last two years.  Together, the two parties have grown from 120 primary students to an incredible 250 in just one short year. It is exciting to see where they will go next!

Volleyball Ireland host first international Youth Blitz & Camp

This weekend youth teams from across three nations will descend upon Gormanston Park College Sports complex for Volleyball Ireland’s first ever youth development blitz and camp. The weekend camp will aim to build experience for younger players through some challenging matches, without the pressure of international competition.

The event will involve teams representing Denmark and Northern Ireland, as well as a range of regional representative teams made up of Ireland’s national team members and players from the new National Youth League. The blitz style event is partly funded through the CEV/SCA development fund and the Participation to Performance Programme. The schedule and concept will help prepare young players for international competition in the future.

General Manager of Volleyball Ireland, Gary Stewart said, “A key part of the strategy is to provide more opportunities for our young players to grow and learn and we are grateful to the CEV and Small Countries Association for their support. I am sure the players and coaches will gain a lot from the weekend and I would especially like to credit our Development Officer Conor Flood for his drive and determination while developing this project. It will be great to have our friends from Denmark and Northern Ireland with us for the weekend.”

This is the first international youth event of this kind hosted by Volleyball Ireland. The aim is to grow the event, providing opportunities for young Irish Volleyballers to enjoy, learn and develop their skills. It will be the first in a series of international age group events that will provide opportunities for players to reach their potential.

If anyone wishes to come along and watch, there is free entry.

The teams will kick-start the weekend with some training slots on Friday evening. Games will commence 9.30am, Saturday November 30 and will run through until 5pm. Then it is onto dinner and Saturday night activities exclusively for the players and coaches.

The camp will finish on Sunday morning with some light training sessions and fun mixed games.

Scotland's S1/2/3 East Schools Festival

The S1/2/3 East Schools Festival took place once again at [EN]GAGE Sports Centre, Napier University.

With an increase in the number of entries from previous year, this was sure to be a great day of volleyball and it didn’t disappoint.

The level of the Schools Festivals continues to amaze us, which is testament to all the hard work the teachers and club coaches are putting into the development of these young athletes. It is not only the volleyball that is fantastic, but the level of sportsmanship between all the players, staff and coaches.

The competition got underway as normal and it was clear right from the beginning that the schools who are normally ‘in the mix’ would continue to do so. Queensferry HS dominated the Girls competition with all 4 places in the top pool taken up by the South Queensferry School.

Queensferry HS F dominated the pool and then went on to dominate the final against Queensferry E to take home the Festival title.

In the Boys pool, Belmont House A pipped out Queensferry HS A in the afternoon pool to set up a rematch in the final. The level between the boy’s teams was very close with all teams but Queensferry HS A exacted their revenge on Belmont House A to take the boys title

As with every School Festival, there are 2 participants who showed their worth not only on the court, but also in their sportsmanship and the way they distinguish themselves. 

The winners of the MACVolley Sportsperson of the Festivals were Patrick Shaw from Queensferry High School and Rowan Wilson from Belmont House School.

This year we will not only have an S3/4 Schools Cup in Glasgow during March, we will also be introducing the 1 day tournament for S1/2. This competition will take place at the University of Edinburgh on the 24th March 2020.

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Final Placings

PositionBoysGirls
1stQueensferry HS AQueensferry HS F
2ndBelmont House AQueensferry HS E
3rdQueensferry HS BQueensferry HS A
4thBelmont House BQueensferry HS D
5thMadras CollegeBelmont House A
6thBelmont House CQueensferry HS B
7thQueensferry HS CBelmont House B
8thn/aQueensferry HS C

Monaco and Iceland claim top honours at SCA Beach Volleyball Finals

CEV SCA Beach Volleyball Finals 2019, Darnhall Tennis Club, Perth, Sun 22nd Sep 2019. © Michael McConville. To buy unwatermarked prints and JPGs, visit https://www.volleyballphotos.co.uk/2019-Galleries/CEV-FIVB-Events/2019-09-22-BVF

The CEV Small Countries Association (SCA) Beach Volleyball finals ended on Sunday in Perth, capping three days of exciting competition. Despite the rather cloudy and soggy weather, the event was a success. Monaco’s Vincent Ferry/Pascal Ferry claimed the men’s final after delivering an impressive performance against home heroes Ross McKelvie/Callum Stewart of Scotland (21-14, 21-16). In the women’s tournament, Iceland won the gold medal thanks to Elisabet Einarsdottir/Berglind Jónsdóttir, who played a flawless match against a remarkable Cyprus team comprising of the sisters Katerina and Anastasia Yiasoumi (21-18, 22-20).

The Scottish Volleyball Association (SVA) is very pleased with the outcome of the event. This success would not have been possible without the precious collaboration with the Local Council of Perth and Kinross and the Community Justice programme, which accounted for the provision of a great venue where to host the tournament.

Berglind G’gja J—nsd—ttir, Iceland

The team from Iceland claimed the gold medal in the women’s competition

A special mention goes to volleyballphotos.co.uk for the extraordinary pictures taken throughout the entire competition. Last but not least, Scottish Volleyball is very grateful for the exceptional work of both volunteers and staff members, without whom the competition would not have been such a tremendous success.

Pictured above: all medallists together with the Lord Provost of Perth, Dennis Melloy

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Semi-finals determined at SCA Beach Volleyball end-of-season event in Scotland

Saturday was another great day at the CEV Small Countries Association (SCA) Beach Volleyball Finals in Perth. It was a second day full of sunshine and matches and Scottish Volleyball is thrilled with the running of the event. After 19 good quality matches, the semi-finalists emerged for both the men’s and women’s competitions.  

Katerina Yiasoumi/Anastasia Yiasoumi (Cyprus), Alexandra Graves/Miriam Gormally (Ireland), home stars Lynne Beattie/Melissa Coutts (Scotland) and Elisabet Einarsdottir/Berglind Jonsdottir (Iceland) have all made it to the semi-finals in the women’s tournament.

Two Scottish teams, Ross McKelvie/Callum Stewart and Connor Boyle/Mitchell Brown, England’s Mark Garcia-Kidd/Frederick Bialokoz and Monaco’s Pascal Ferry/Vincent Ferry are the four semi-finalists of the men’s tournament.

CEV SCA Beach Volleyball Finals 2019, Darnhall Tennis Club, Perth, Sat 21st Sep 2019. © Michael McConville. To buy unwatermarked prints and JPGs, visit https://www.volleyballphotos.co.uk/2019-Galleries/CEV-FIVB-Events/2019-09-21-BVF

Vincent Ferry of Monaco in action at the SCA Beach Volleyball Finals in Perth, Scotland.

The expectations for tomorrow’s finals are very high, as the performance of the semi-finalists (and not only) have surprised with their high quality.

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SCA Beach Volleyball Finals underway in Scotland!

What a great start in a sunny and warm Perth for the CEV Small Countries Association (SCA) Beach Volleyball Finals! Players representing Cyprus, England, Iceland, Ireland, Monaco and Northern Ireland have joined their Scottish counterparts to compete for the title.

A great partnership between the Scottish Volleyball Association (SVA) and the local Council of Perth and Kinross has allowed for the creation of a new permanent venue for Beach Volleyball. To host the SCA Beach Volleyball Finals is a great opportunity for Scotland in terms of the development of their (Beach) Volleyball community. The new venue has already drawn much curiosity and attention amongst the locals.

Many kids have joined Scottish Volleyball and its pool of volunteers during the preparation of the finals and have been enjoying the matches as well as the sunshine of the first day of competition. The first day was a success and Scottish Volleyball is looking forward to the second day of the tournament, which begins on Saturday morning at 10 am local time.

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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.