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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.

Northern Europe visits Luxembourg for SCA women’s championship

Luxembourg will be playing host later this week to the 2019 edition of the Small Countries Association (SCA) women’s championship. It is already the seventh time since 2003 that the Luxembourg Volleyball Federation (FLVB) hosts such an event. This time, the Grand Duchy warmly welcomes the teams of Faroe Islands, Greenland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and last but not least the Red Lion Ladies of Luxembourg, for the competition due to run at the iconic d’Coque from May 10 to 12, 2019.

“We are proud to support our young women’s team, starting their big Volleyball adventure with this competition before leaving in less than three weeks for the Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) in Montenegro,” reads a statement of the FLVB. “They deserve our full attention. Join us to live some exciting moments with our team and our visitors from abroad.”

Matches will be streamed live on RTL and here.

Click here for further information.

CEV School Project in the spotlight at EU Sport Forum

CEV Senior Vice-President Renato Arena attended last week the annual EU Sport Forum, this time held in Bucharest, Romania. Mr Arena was one of five speakers of the panel addressing the attendees on a truly important subject, i.e. ‘How can schools better contribute to the promotion of healthy lifestyles?’  

The CEV Senior Vice-President emphasised the role and importance of the Erasmus + funded CEV School Project, which aims at enhancing physical activity among children in Europe by introducing a new concept of the Volleyball game at school, with a focus on growing the game at the grassroots level.

The project has already been an extremely successful one with activities carried out in countries as diverse as Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Ireland, Kosovo, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Slovenia – with more due to follow.  

Mr Arena was one of five speakers along with Nicole Pisani from Chefs in Schools, Wojciech Kalamarz, Head of Health determinants and International Relations Unit, DG SANTE, European Commission, Otylia Jedrzejczak, Polish Olympic champion, and Kaisa Blomberg, teacher at Jyränkö school from Heinola, Finland.

The EU Sport Forum was a truly unique opportunity to provide further exposure to the leading and pioneering role played by the CEV with regard to the promotion of a healthy lifestyle among school pupils and their involvement in physical activity, while spreading the core values that Volleyball stands out for such as teamwork, mutual respect and fair play.

Faroese cup winners crowned in Tórshavn

The Faroese national cup finals were once again a huge success with the matches broadcast live nationwide. The men’s final was a one-sided affair with Mjølnir Klaksvík stretching their winning streak this season – they are yet to lose a single match – to secure the title for the first time since 2007. On the other hand, the women’s finale was a real drama with SÍ Sørvágur coming back from two sets down to pull out a 3-2 victory.

Men’s final

Mjølnir Klaksvík vs. Fleyr Tórshavn 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-14)

Having won all of their matches in the league as well as in the cup this season, Mjølnir Klaksvík were huge favourites to beat Fleyr Tórshavn in Saturday’s cup final. Mjølnir did not disappoint, and won in straight sets so secure their first cup title since 2007.

However, Fleyr gave Mjølnir stiff opposition in the first set and showed great resilience as they fought back from 16-20 to level at 20-all and again at 23-all. However, it was in vain, as Mjølnir won the next two points to secure the first set 25-23.  Mjølnir controlled matters in the second set and opened up a five-point lead midway through it before winning it 25-20. In the third set, Mjølnir proved why they currently are the best team in the Faroe Islands as they powered their way to a 25-14 victory to secure their first cup title in 12 years.

“The first set was a bit hectic,” Mjølnir captain Thorvald Danielsen admitted. “It often is in cup finals. However, after winning the first set 25-23, I think our players became more relaxed,” Danielsen told Faroese television. “We have fantastic players in our squad. We are strong in all positions. I do not think we have any weaknesses,” he added.

Men’s finals from the Faroese Television:

Women’s final

Fleyr Tórshavn vs. SÍ Sørvágur 2-3 (25-23, 25-22, 18-25, 18-25, 12-15)

If the men’s final lacked real excitement, the women’s match was a real five-set classic where SÍ Sørvágur fought back from two sets down to win 3-2 against Fleyr Tórshavn.

SÍ had made the better start in the first set, leading 14-9 and 19-15, but after 23-21, Fleyr won the next four points to snatch the set 25-23. The second set was similar, where SÍ led 14-10, but with a strong finish, Fleyr pulled ahead and won 25-22. After an 8-5 lead for Fleyr, SÍ levelled a 10-all and went from 13-all to 17-13  and never looked back and secured the third set 25-18. In the fourth set SÍ quickly opened up a massive 12-5 lead, which increased to 18-7, before SÍ won 25-18.

The tiebreaker was tight at 4-all, 8-all and 10-all before Fleyr took a 12-10 lead, but it turned out to be Fleyr’s last point as SÍ won the next five points in a row to secure the tiebreak 15-12 to complete a remarkable comeback to conquer the cup trophy for the first time since 2010.  

“We just wanted this,” explained SÍ player Annika Niclasen to Faroese television. “We were so hungry for this. We have lost so many finals. We just had to win it this year. It is an incredible feeling. I played in all of those finals,” Niclasen said.

Women’s finals from the Faroese Television: