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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
(2): Drummond Community High School,
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
Volleyball Club helped support this, sharing information about their club
sessions, to show the pathway for the local young people to play out with
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.
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
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.