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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

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

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 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

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.

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.