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VOLLEYBALL VOICE 2016 in the EAST

Monday 19th September 2016 saw club members Frances and Keith attend Volleyball England’s Volleyball Voice 2016 in the East. The event took place at Castle Manor Academy in Haverhill with attendance from our counterparts in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

The evening was facilitated by Ian Poynton, Volleyball England Membership and Funding Manager, and Sam Harding, Volleyball England Adult Participation Manager.

The first part of the evening was dedicated to a discussion about the way forward for the East Region, led by Ken Edwards from Essex Volleyball Association.  Currently the Eastern Volleyball Federation (EVF) is inactive and has been for a few years.  The discussion centred around how to re-activate the federation and who would do this.  Bryan Youlden, Volleyball England Regional Commission President, explained the work that other regions do and how re-activating the federation could be of benefit to the Eastern area.  At the end of the discussion a number of those in attendance have agreed to form a working group with the purpose of re-activating EVF and giving the East a representation at the Regional Commission level.

Ian Poynton then presented the East Anglia Membership review from approx. 200 interviews to approx. 300 members, showing the different types of members with their different preferences on ‘what you want from your membership’ – eg. equipment, communication, resources, funding, fees, junior development, insurance, club support…etc

volley-markA new one-tier VolleyMark is to be launched on 26th September by Volleyball England, replacing the current club accreditation scheme Volley 1.2.3.  VolleyMark is open to all clubs who are affiliated to Volleyball England and is an online system, a much quicker and easier way to accredit your club.

He also gave a presentation of the different funding areas that are available for clubs and associations to bid for, an overview of the general rules and criteria for different grant applications and the change to the funding from Sport England; the age profile will change and the small grants will cease with Community Asset fund in its place.

Sam Harding then took over and explained the Volleyball Futures programme and the England Talent Pathway which are in keeping with the Volleyball England Strategy 2024 of ‘Robust talent identification and development systems and structures in place, generating a sustainable pipeline of talent across all disciplines’.

She then talked about the new Sport Strategy with an overview of what is believed to be happening with the next cycle of funding from Sport England. Going through the different pots of money available and who can and cannot apply for them. At the moment Volleyball England can only apply for the Core Market funding.  Keith Nicholls, Vice President of Volleyball England, explained where Volleyball England was in its preparation of the submissions to Sport England for this core funding.

The final part of the evening was about the marketing strategies (communications, social media, newsletter) from Volleyball England and how they can support us on ‘How to promote your club’ with their Comms Toolkit and news, tweets, pics and videos sharing via Ruth Norfolk at Volleyball England.

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London Legacy Volleyball Cup – 12th/13th September

The London Legacy Volleyball Cup is a club based invitational volleyball tournament which sees high profile club teams from Europe and England play in a pre-season friendly tournament at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Elite European professional teams from France, Germany and Poland will play against the very best players of our own in the biggest volleyball event in the UK since 2012.  the tournament will be held on the weekend of the 12th & 13th September 2015.

CEV Champions League teams PGE Skra Bełchatów (Poland), VfB Friedrichshafen (Germany – current Men’s Bundesliga Champions) and RC Cannes (France – current Women’s Ligue A Champions) will play alongside Schweriner SC (Germany), Team Northumbria (England), Polonia Sideout (England) and CBL Polonia London(England).

Tickets are available through the London Legacy website but if you can’t make it you can still enjoy the world class volleyball as all matches will be streamed live.

A number of CVC members are volunteering at the event over the weekend, so keep an eye out and see who you can spot.

Sunshine, BBQ & Volleyball

A few of the CVC Ladies headed off to Stowmarket on Sunday for one of the first outdoor tournaments of the summer.  Sarah MJ, Siebe and April teamed up with Pat of Stowmarket Stingers to play their way through the division 2 competition of both mixed and ladies teams.  The ladies had some fantastic matches, making it to the ladies final where they finished the day as runners up.

There were lots of familiar faces, a very tasty BBQ and even a well deserved ice cream.  It was a brilliant day out which got the summer tournaments off to a great start and a perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday.

Check out the list below for more up coming tournaments (including CVC’s weekend tournament) and keep an eye on Volleyball England’s website for details of the following events and even more over the coming months.

13th/14th June – Skegness VEBT & JVBT
19th-21st June – Croyde King and Queen of the Beach
27th June – Lowestoft Beach 3v3
28th June – JUVO (Brentwood – Juniors)
27th/28th June – Ashcombe Tournament
27th/28th June – Great Yarmouth VEBT & JVEBT
11th July – Clacton Beach Volleyball Classic, 4v4
11th/12th July – Weston Super Mare VEBT & JVEBT
18th/19th July – Whitefield Tournament, Bath
24th-26th July – Weymouth VEBT & JVEBT
1st/2nd August – Cambridge Volleyball Club Grass Tournament, 6v6 & 2v2
8th/9th August – Norwich Spikers, 6v6, Men’s/Ladies’ on Sat, Mixed on Sun
15th/16th August – Margate VEBT & JVEBT Finals

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