he FIVB today announced the second edition of the Snow Volleyball World Tour, which features stops in Turkey and Argentina and will connect more people with the sport than ever before.
The World Tour will begin on March 12-15 at Kayseri-Erciyes Ski Center, one of Turkey’s biggest and most famous ski resorts. The FIVB has signed an agreement with the Turkish Volleyball Federation for Turkey to host the first event of the Word Tour for the next three years, allowing the federation to build a high-quality event that will become a staple of the snow volleyball calendar. Turkey has strong snow volleyball credentials having hosted CEV Snow Volleyball Tour events before and its women’s national team won silver at the 2018 European Snow Volleyball Championships in Wagrain.
Snow volleyball athletes will be familiar with the region of Bariloche in Argentina, which hosted an event on the inaugural World Tour last year and will once again host an event this year on August 20-23. In 2019, Argentina participated in every event on the Snow Volleyball World Tour, with both the men’s and women’s teams successfully reaching the podium at some point during the season. The women's teams were consistently challenging for medals, finishing with one silver and three bronze, while the men's team triumphed in the final leg of the Tour, taking gold in front of their home fans in Bariloche. Their spectacular final against the USA was broadcasted on NBC and the Olympic Channel among others.
The FIVB is still considering a number of applicants to host legs on the Tour in 2020, and further announcements will be made in due course. In addition, all matches will be broadcast live on YouTube for snow volleyball fans around the world. Registration for all teams hoping to take part in the event in Turkey is open through the Volleyball Information system.
Following the announcement, FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça Fᵒ said: “This is another huge step for the growth of snow volleyball. In every country that we have hosted events, athletes and fans have loved the skill, athleticism and atmosphere of snow volleyball.
“We are now taking the Tour to Turkey for the first time and returning to Argentina, and both countries provide us with a great opportunity to reach new fans. Our goal with snow volleyball was to create a volleyball discipline suitable for northern hemisphere countries to play, as well as a chance for traditionally summer-sport nations to take part in winter sport. Snow volleyball is a pathway for more people to enjoy sport globally, and this is a very exciting development for us.”
The FIVB launched the first-ever Snow Volleyball World Tour last year. Teams from all five Continental Confederations participated, showing the appetite from typically summer nations to engage in winter sport.
In recent years, working in collaboration with the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV), the FIVB staged a number of high-profile snow volleyball events, including Snow Volleyball Night in 2018. With the support of the Austrian Olympic Committee, Snow Volleyball Night was hosted outside Austria House during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and attracted the attention of a number of high-profile IOC Members as well as the world’s media.
Just last month, the FIVB hosted Snow Volleyball Festival in the mountainous region of Villars-sur-Ollon in the Swiss Alps. The snow volleyball court was packed for the two-day event as young people and families from Switzerland and around the world experienced the new and exciting sport at the time of the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games. A number of IOC Members and representatives from the Olympic Movement also tried out snow volleyball for the first time at the event.
The Irish Women's u19 National Team are organising a fundraising concert to support their 2020 Small Countries Association campaign. The 'east' branch of the fundraising team have used their contacts and networks to secure the services of the prestigious Garda Band and the highly decorated Kilcullen Gospel Choir.
Thursday March 19th, 8pm start
St Brigids Church, Kill, Co. Kildare
€10 per ticket
Volleyball Ireland are hosting trials for the Senior Women's team on Sunday March 1st. The event is open to all interested players.
The training session will be from 10-4pm in Blanchardstown and is open to all players that have an Irish passport or are expecting to get one in the next 12 months. We are conscious that this clashes with Day 2 of The Championships. As not to exclude any interested players from Division 1 teams, Head Coah Mark Delahunty will be present at the Championships on Sat Feb 29th to run the rule over any interested players that may be participating that weekend.
Interested players can register here; https://forms.gle/cmJNcsXXCDR3DNhk6 before Mon Feb 24th.
Volleyball Ireland have announced details of an excellent range of sponsor opportunities that will support the Boys u20 and Girls u19 teams ahead of the upcoming SCA Championships this Spring. The event in Luxembourg is expected to cost each team in the region of €10,000.
The packages on offer provide an excellent return on investment, as well as strong brand exposure and genuine benefits for the partner.
For more information please contact Gary Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to introduce a new innovative event aimed at Club Junior Sections. The 'Fun Blitz Tour' kicks off in University of Limerick of March 22nd and will take in a range of venues in all corners of Ireland over the coming year. The first 50 players registered will also receive a free ball.
Activities and matches will be organised for beginners at all ages from 8-16 years old.
Development Officer Conor Flood said, "the aim of the Fun Blitz Tour is to provide an introduction for beginners to play 'real volleyball matches' against opposition. It will act as a stepping stone to an expanded junior league structure in coming years."
The concept has been developed based on feedback from clubs that are operating junior sections. It is hoped the tour will keep young players interested and motivated to stay in volleyball, whilst creating the first step in the club player pathway.
Volleyball Ireland General Manager, Gary Stewart added, "Helping clubs develop youth sections and create a player pathway is a key part of our strategic plan and this event will really support those clubs that have developed junior activities. We are seeing great work in clubs like Ballymun Patriots, Dalkey Devils, Net Force, Newbridge and Naas, as well as super activity over in Galway so we hope this innovative event will give players, coaches and clubs something to work towards."
Volleyball Ireland will soon be announcing details of the new youth club starter pack programme which will reward clubs that are establishing youth sections with training equipment.
For more information contact Conor at email@example.com
0The All Ireland Schools Final was another cracking day of Volleyball action as St Flannan's, Ennis, Drumbshanbo VS, Leitrim and Holy Family SS, Newbridge added another trophy to their 2019/20 collection, whilst Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis lost a thrilling 5-setter in the u18s Girls Finale.
u16 Girls All Ireland Final: Holy Family 2-0 Portadown College
The Newbridge clubs unrivalled unbeaten Secondary Schools record was extended as they brushed aside their Craigavon counterparts 25-16, 25-18. Despite a slow start the girls in red triumphed with some hard hitting at the net as Sophie Quinlivan-Nolan dominated the opening set. Libero Frances Petrofouva was assured as usual, but didn't need to back up her MVP performance from last week in Galway as Kate O'Connor and setter Tara Mae Nolan took control of the second.
All in all a professional performance from a team which must be eyeing up a shot at Senior Cup glory in 2021?
u16 Boys All Ireland Final: Drumshando VS 2-1 Campbell College
Tension was high in our first match that went the distance as the lads from Leitrim held on to win a thrilling and nervy Cadet final 25-20, 25-27, 25-22. Drumshanbo started brightly building a steady lead before the men in black nearly stole the show. In fact, if it wasn't for some acute serving from Danny McWeeney the title could have easily gone up the M1, with Luke Johnstone particularly good. However, Conor Flood and Radaslaw Oberwan kept nerves under control to see out the win in the decider.
u18s Girls All Ireland Final: Colaiste Mhuire 2-3 Dalraida College
Another 5-set final for the Ennis team, but unfortunately this one didn't quite go their way. They did however, fly into an 8-0 lead in the first before a spirited comeback from the Ballymoney side. After winning the first 25-13 the expectation was Colaiste would fly on, but a team littered with NI Internationals showed great spirit to wrestle the match back and claim the second and third sets 25-21, 25-20.
Maria Jones was powerful on the wing and Edith Kearney and Una Ni Choileann were racking up points down the middle as Colaiste claimed the 4th 25-14. The decider swung back and forth and at 11-9 it looked like the title was going to Ennis. As mentioned earlier the fight on Ballymoney was evident and the height of Lauren Forcrave useful as her skills at the net meant Dalraida ran out winners 15-13.
The game lasted over 2 hours and is testament to the athleticism of all players that the standard was maintained throughout. It will be little consolation to the Clare team that they won 12 more points overall, but it shows the competitiveness of both teams.
Boys u18 All Ireland Final: St Flannans 3-0 Campbell College
There was some silverware heading West as Flannan's added another accolade to their impressive collection defending their trophy, despite being without their leader Cathal Dwyer who is continuing his work with Narbonne VC in France. Cian Humphreys and Cillian O'Riardain were unstoppable throughout the match, and assisted by accurate setting from Jesus Saya they were too hot to handle. It's clear they've been working hard in recent months both technically and physically.
The Ennis team didnt quite have it their own way though, as Campbell College backed by a vociferous support fought back strongly and in fact there was only a 10 point gap across the three sets, as Flannan's top the prize 25-19, 25-23, 25-23.
For many of these players their focus now turns to representing Ireland in the Small Countries Association Championship in April. You can back Team Green through the teams crowdfunding page.... https://www.pledgesports.org/projects/team-green-supporting-irish-volleyball/
Ireland to host International World Tour Beach Volleyball Tournament
The prestigious FIVB World Tour 1* event will be staged in Bettystown, County Meath over the weekend of July 17-19th. The successful bid comes on the back of the hosting of Pool C of the CEV Continental Cup at the same venue last June. The execution of that Olympic qualifying event means Ireland will make its World Tour hosting debut this year, joining the likes of Moscow, Cancun and Rome on the 2020 Tour programme.
The tournament will be Men’s only, featuring some of the best players in the World ahead of the Summer Olympics, it will also re-unite the top Irish pairing of Oisin McArdle and Alex Gibbons (pictured 1=OM, 2=AG) who are very much looking forward to the support of the Irish crowds, Gibbons said, “I’m delighted that Ireland will host the 1* event, it’s the best buzz to play in front of a home crowd I cant wait to get back on Irish Sand in July. I’ve been training hard in Australia over the winter with some top players and hopefully I can bring this form into the Irish Summer.”
The tournament will include a qualification section on Day 1 (Friday 17 July), before the main draw kicks off on the Saturday.
Volleyball Ireland president Grainne Culliton added, “These events are a key part of our strategy to raise the profile of the sport, and to inspire the next generation of players. Our volunteers really put on a great show at last years Olympic Qualifier and this success is down to them. We are grateful for the trust that the CEV and FIVB are putting in us, and we cant wait to go again. Events like this really show we are serious about developing the sport, and they allow us to build great relationships with our partners like Meath County Council and we are appreciative of their continued support.”
Volleyball Ireland will be working with Meath County Council to develop a range of development activities around the competition, including the launch of a new Social Volley programme for beginner players and a Beach Volleyball camp for juniors. Commenting on the news, Meath Cllr Sharon Tolan added, “I am delighted that Bettystown Beach will host its second International Beach Volleyball Tournament. Events like this really bring alive the area and we hope that all of our local residents, businesses and visitors can get involved in a wonderful weekend showing off a beautiful stretch of our coastline.”
Last years event drew excellent crowds to the 500seater pop up stadium and surrounding dunes, gaining widespread media interest both locally and nationally.
Relive the 2019 CEV Continental Cup...
Volleyball Ireland's under 20 and under 19 Boys & Girls teams have partnered up with Irish crowdfunding site Pledgesports.org to help build support ahead of their Small Countries AssociationC Campaigns in Luxembourg this April.
There are a range of 'levels' where fans and supporters to make a contribution to the cause, in exchange for various rewards - including the soon-to-be-launched official support t-shirts.
You can donate to either team or to both on the following links:
Girls u19 > https://www.pledgesports.org/projects/team-green-support-the-u19s-irish-girls-volleyball-team/
Boys u20 > https://www.pledgesports.org/projects/team-green-support-the-u20s-boys-irish-volleyball-team/
Support both teams > https://www.pledgesports.org/projects/team-green-supporting-irish-volleyball/
Our teams are travelling to Luxembourg to take on San Marino, Wales and the hosts in what promises to be a wonderful experience for our youngsters. The combined cost of the trip is expected to be in the region of €19,000 which includes flights, hotel, food and match jerseys for 26 players, plus the volunteer coaching team.
Both teams would like to offer their appreciation for your continued help and support!
What a week in school volleyball we had!
Two major finals days, back to back in the city of Galway. On Wednesday over 300 spectators, players, coaches, VI staff, bus drivers and parents all descended on NUIG Kingfisher for the 2020, U16 National Finals.
The matches and event certainly lived up to the hype as the Girls A final got us underway. Holy Family SS A looking to continue their winning ways raced into a 16-3 lead in the first set. However, their Kildare rivals from Naas fought back with great spirit coming back to within 2 points of their Newbridge neighbours.
Holy Family served out the first and took the second to win 2-0. The Kildare school however didn’t quite have it all their own way on the day as Scoil Mhuire of Strokestown clinched the B title 2 sets to 1, against the Holy Family's division B team.
In the Girls C division, it was a nip and tuck game. Ardscoil Mhuire Ballinasloe raced into a one set lead however the Dublin school Grange CC came fighting back to take the next two sets and the match, 2-1.
As for the boys St Brigid’s College, Loughrea got back to winning titles this time at the expense of Patrician Presentation in the Boys B final 2-0. As did Drumshanbo VS who overcame Elphin CC on a similar score line 2-0.
Congratulations to all coaches, players and schools for a remarkable year and making it all the way to the National Finals.
Boys A – Drumshanbo VS 2-0 Elphin CC
Boys B – St Brigid’s College 2-0 Patrician Presentation
Girls A – Holy Family SS 2-0 St Mary’s College
Girls B – Scoil Mhuire 2-1 Holy Family SS
Girls C – Grange CC 2-1 Ardscoil Mhuire
We weren’t quite finished for the week yet as we had our biggest ever Post Primary Spikeball Finals the following day. This time it was all about the new 1st year players. We had 200+ competing on the final day. A total of 102 matches on the day would determine this year’s champions.
The 34 schools progressed from their regional pools just before Christmas to set themselves up against the best of the best in the country. It was a phenomenal day of player skills and also refereeing from our older students who took complete control of games throughout the day. As the day moved on, the counties represented became less and less until we were left with only 4.
The boys final Sutton Park School of Dublin faced against Grennan College of Kilkenny. An incredibly tight game saw the Kilkenny side just clinch this year’s title. Over in the girls two different counties of Kerry and Laois. It was the Kingdom’s Mercy Mounthawk that took gold over Scoil Chriost Ri after an intense 2-1 win. Again, huge congrats to all schools for progressing to the final day.
What’s up next for school’s volleyball?
The focus shifts to one of the most anticipated events on the school calendar. January 30th in The National Indoor Arena, we have North VS South. Our Senior and U16 A Champions will face their northern counterparts in an exciting Champion of Champions day of volleyball. Representing our country is a fantastic four different schools showing the competitive nature of volleyball we have at this moment. Last year it was honours even as two trophies went back North. Let’s see how 2020 plays out. The best of luck to all players!
Senior Boys – St Flannan’s College, Ennis V Campbell College, Belfast
Senior Girls – Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis V Dalriada School, Ballymoney
U16 Boys Drumshanbo VS, Leitrim V Campbell College, Belfast
U16 Girls- Holy Family SS, Newbridge V Portadown College, Craigavon
We also have our much-coveted Schools Cup and junior volleyball first rounds currently underway. Stay tuned for the big updates as we progress towards the final straight of school volleyball for this season.
Tutors Clodagh NicCanna and Vinnie Dos Santos had a fruitful trip to the West of Ireland, to deliver a Grade 3 referees course in partnership with the Mayo Volleyball Club. 9 of the 12 candidates passed the exam and assessment with flying colours, including Mikal O'Boyle who scored an impressive 98%.
The Education & Training Commission would like to thank Longford Smashers VC for their participation as players - as well as Mayo VC for their help and support organising and promoting the course.
We had a fantastic day on Saturday at our first ever DIVA Conference.
Developing, Inspiring, Volleyball, Activators or ‘DIVA’ is funded through the Sport Ireland Women in Sport Programme. It will support your students develop leadership skills and establish social volleyball classes within their institution. For many Activators, it will be the first step on the Coaching and Leadership ladder.
Our first batch of DIVA's are from Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Technical University Dublin Tallaght, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Cork Institute of Technology and Dungarvan College.
The objective of the DIVA Programme aims to increase participation, engagement and activity within college life. We are very excited to be working with each of the DIVA's and we look forward to seeing them bring this fantastic initiative to life.
Keep an eye on our social media pages to see what are DIVAs are up to!
Volleyball Ireland welcomes the news of a 10k increase to its Core Grant for 2020, taking the total amount to €210,000 for the year.
Today, Sport Ireland announced a 36 million euro package for National Governing Bodies of Sport, High Performance Sport and Local Sports Partnerships for the coming year. Speaking at the announcement, Sport Ireland CEO, John Treacy said, "Sport Ireland is delighted to be in a position to provide the majority of performing NGBs and LSPs with another increase in funding for 2020."
The overall package includes over 10 Million to support the Olympic and Paralympic Athletes ahead of the Tokyo Games.
The increased core grant funding means that Volleyball Ireland's Government grant support has now risen to 270k, broken down as follows:
210,000 - core activities
25,000 - women in sport specific programmes
35,000 - inclusion specific programmes
Volleyball Ireland will shortly be announcing details of a Volleyball Activator programme to help support clubs to run social and recreational volleyball programmes, as well as setup youth sections.
Commenting on the announcement, Volleyball Ireland GM, Gary Stewart added, "We're delighted to see an increase to our core grant and other Sport Ireland funding supports - it's great recognition of the hard work that clubs, volunteers, coaches, commissions and players are putting in across the country. We've made some great progress in 2019 towards our strategic goals and look forward to using this money on some exciting programmes in 2020."
Click the below buttons to open a step-by-step guide in uploading your Garda Vetting and Safeguarding Credentials to your profile on GoMembership. This is a requirement for Referees and Coaches coaching U18s.
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Volleyball Ireland are looking for a Beach Volleyball National Team Head Coach. The position is voluntary, with the following key responsibilities:
Other aspects of the role include;
The successful candidate must:
• Be a registered Volleyball Ireland Coach, or be willing to become one upon appointment
• Have completed a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop, or be willing to complete upon appointment
• Ideally hold a recognised Volleyball coaching award or equivalent qualification.
Please send a 1 page cover letter and accompanying CV outlining your suitability to the role to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midday January 30th 2020
The 2020 Volleyball Ireland Championships will be held at Gormanston Park on Saturday 29th of Feb & Sunday 1st of March.
Team lists must be submitted by Monday 24th February with all players registered before that date. Please note NO PREMIER DIVISION registered players can participate.
To register, please visit https://volleyballireland.azolve.com/Account.mvc/LogIn the event is within the events and courses section.
If you wish to book accommodation for Gormanston please contact Sorina email@example.com to avail of a discounted rate secured by Volleyball Ireland. Rates can be found here.
As part of the CEV’s #1daymore4volleyball campaign, The Championships will feature some innovative challenges between matches to keep all players entertained during matches. Please keep a keen eye on our social media channels for other ways in which you can support this ‘leap day’ promotion.
We look forward to seeing you for what is always a great weekend of Volleyball action.
The Cadets are back! January 22nd @ NUIG Kingfisher Galway. We go again for national glory and bragging rights for 2020. Here is a little update on how this year's finals are looking.
U16 Girl A Final = Holy Family SS, Newbridge VS St Mary’s College, Naas
There are very few derbies in Irish Volleyball like Holy Family SS VS St Mary’s College, Naas. These two Kildare teams have been at the top level competing against each for trophy after trophy, year after year and they renew that rivalry again as our first match of the finals. Holy Family A girls continue their fantastic journey with yet another final. The team is still unbeaten in school’s competition but will not be taking anything lightly in NUIG. It will be up to St Mary’s to put a stop to their winning streak and with the experience of so many finals behind the school it will be a tough call come Wednesday on the victors.
U16 B Girl Final = Holy Family SS, Newbridge VS Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown
The B final will be contested by Scoil Mhuire of Strokestown and a second Holy Family SS team This is Scoil Mhuire’s third final in just two years. Thus demonstrating the growth and development of volleyball within the school. Unfortunately for them they have lost in the last two finals, so they will be hoping for a case of third time lucky for Scoil Mhuire. The Strokestown U16 team have made an incredible leap from last year’s C final to this year’s B final showing the amount of work put in by coach and students. They will have to overcome Holy Family second team in this B final. Make no mistake though they may be slightly younger than the A girls but again no stranger to national titles as they took home the junior Cup last year in UL. The Holy Family girls are closely linked to the ever-growing Newbridge volleyball club and under the fine guidance of the coaches there and in school they will be a well drilled team and aiming for gold.
U16 C Girl Final – Ardscoil Mhuire, Ballinalsoe VS Grange Community College, Dublin
Grange CC find themselves in their first ever national girl final. The team have been showing good form throughout the tournament and with just one game left for the championship they will be hoping all players are firing the Dublin school to glory on the 22nd. ASM Ballinasloe have had their fair share of wins in junior competitions and we only have to go back to 16/17 to see their last outing at a cadet final. However, that didn’t end so well for the girls just losing out 25-21, 25-23. Could this be the year for the East Galway School!
U16 Boys A = Elphin Community College, Roscommon VS Drumshanbo VC or Sutton Park School
Elphin CC have made their way into an U16 Boys A final after an incredible 15 years absence. They turned it on in the semi-finals to come back from a set down and overcome St Brigid’s College to book their place. That last final back in 04/05 that Elphin competed in, they won against Brigid’s. Could this be an omen for the Rossies? They will have to get past either Sutton Park School or Drumshanbo VC. (game delayed due to Storm Brendan) Drumshanbo, a school very much at home in national finals and a serious volleyball tradition will be looking to restore pride after losing this U16 final last year but also a Senior final just at the end of 2019. As for Sutton Park if they can win out the semi, they will also be one of the schools that find themselves in new and exciting position of a Boys A final for the first time.
U16 Boys B-=St Brigid's College, Loughrea VS Patrician Presentation, Fethard.
St Brigid’s College will be represented in the U16 Boys B for a remarkable 9 of the last 10 years. Although they have won 8 of those it was only last year that they lost their first final of that decade. The school will be looking to take back what they feel is rightfully theirs come finals day. They will face off against Patrician Presentation. The Tipperary school will be buzzing after they sealed a Girls B championship in UCD back in December. They would love to add the boys cup to that cabinet. These schools are both regulars at semi-final and final stages. In this particular competition we only have to go back two years ago when both competed against each other at the final stage. That time the Galway school won but it’s a new year and that game won’t mean much come next week.
The new year means primary school volleyball is gearing up. This year there have been 2 important changes to the primary structure.
1- The introduction of a volley on the second touch now means players can twist and move eliminating any queries around that particular rule. This also ensures children are performing the necessary skills needed in volleyball more often.
2- A huge step towards developing volleyball further at a primary level is to bring the game directly to the students. Our player pathway throughout primary is now- Mini-Spikers (1st -3rd class) SpikeBall (4th -5th class) and now Volleyball (5th -6th class). Giving opportunities to all ages and levels
Today January 7th started off our first Mini-Spikers & SpikeBall fun blitzes. We are visiting Limerick, Kilkenny, Bishopstown, Bandon, Killarney, Roscommon, Gormanston, Tipperary, and Portlaoise over the next month to expose the sport to over a thousand new players. These events will allow for a fun and relaxed engagement with the sport and also as preparation for those teams eyeing up National glory in the Volleyball Championships beginning March 2020.
Registrations are still open for some of the blitzes and the Volleyball Championships
If you have any questions on primary school events please contact Conor - firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website for more info. www.volleyballireland.com.
Welcome to 2020,
As we embark on another exciting year for Irish Volleyball, it's a good time to take a step back and review the achievements of 2019. As you can see from the summary below, the work has been vast, varied and in some cases pretty historic.
It really has been a great year as we hosted an Olympic Qualifier in Beach Volleyball, entered three CEV Zonal competitions and established a progressive twinning project with our new friends in Narbonne. We also launched a brand new u16 Girls league. As always, these results are down to the hard work and vision of Volleyball volunteers, commissions, clubs and coaches across the country.
We also spent a lot of time fine tuning a new Constitution and Articles of Association for the organisation. Whilst for many, this isn't the most glamorous part of Volleyball it is really important in helping lay strong foundations for the future, ensuring our governance is fit for purpose.
Participation is increasing across the sport, with numbers playing in recreational events almost doubling on last year. We also welcomed two new clubs to the National League with the Spartans and Smashers from Kilkenny and Longford joining the family.
A really positive part of the year has been the progress of our National teams with the Snr Women's team finishing 5th in the Small Countries Association Competition, whilst our u16 Girls played in both the Faroe Islands (beating Iceland) and then as an u17 team in Denmark. They also went to Italy for a training camp where they came up against some of the best junior players in Europe from Italy, Russia and Slovenia. The hard work that these girls and their coaches have put in has been inspiring.
The boys are making great progress with an innovative twinning project with the professional club of Narbonne, France providing super opportunities for the lads to experience a top level environment. The u20 finished third in the Flying Scots Tournament and will compete this Spring in Luxembourg full of confidence.
One my favourite events of 2019 was the 'Friendship' tournament held in Gormanston that included teams from across Ireland, NIR and Denmark. This was a great success and the concept will grow in 2020. The idea is that it provides a 'taste' of what Intl events are like.
We have seen an increase in grants coming into the sport with success acquiring sports capital funds, support from the Olympic Federation and of course continued help from Sport Ireland and the CEV. We also attracted several new sponsors for our teams and competitions including Eddie Rockets, Wed Consulting, O'Driscoll O'neill Insurance and Meath CoCo. This shows our funders see real value in our vision to create opportunities for everyone in Volleyball to reach their potential.
We were delighted that Vinnie Dos Santos was recently selected to attend the FIVB Intl Referees course in Turkey. This experience will help us train and up skill more officials here in Ireland. Vinnie has visited four countries in 2019 through Volleyball - it really demonstrates that there is a pathway for referees to progress.
We are determined to support our coaches as well, with the launch of the Masterclass series that will provide continuous training and education. Later this month we will have details of another addition to this programme.
Away from the court we have introduced an online registration system which will make life easier for players to register and for club secretaries to administer. This was a big project and we hope it will be a useful tool for you for future years.
We've increased our social media work this year, publishing a lot more content of a better quality across different platforms. Please share our facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube and linkedin pages and of course the Monster Block newsletter to your friends and colleagues, it will help us share the great stuff that you're doing.
Listening to and learning from our members is of key importance to Volleyball Ireland, and in Spring we introduced a stakeholder survey that has given us a range of great ideas to improve what we do. You'll be seeing some of these in action later this year. In the meantime, if anyone has any feedback or ideas to help us improve, or you want to get involved in a voluntary capacity, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Thank you again for all you have contributed to Volleyball in the last twelve months. Let's have another great year.
Best Wishes and Happy New Year.
Volleyball Ireland were delighted to welcome the inspiring Belgian Coach Kristof de Loose to Dublin for the latest instalment of The Coaching Masterclass series.
De Loose, delivered a Coaches session on Thursday evening which included an overview of the 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 pathway that exists in Belgium. The emphasis being on three key elements; FUN, MOVEMENT and LEARNING.
20 coaches from a variety of clubs were represented including Ballymun, Newbridge, Naas, Santry, Tallaght Rockets, Dalkey Devils and Aer Lingus. After the theoretical elements the coaches were made to sweat as Kristof delivered a typical session for the group.
Kristof's presentation can be found at the bottom of the page and we recommend interested coaches follow the Start2Volley facebook page for videos and posts.
The following day Kristof delivered a teacher training workshop as part of the CEV Schools Project development day with South Dublin Sports Partnership. 16 teachers attended from 8 different schools who will be delivering Volleyball for the first time.
The feedback from the event has been universally positive and Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Kristof, Vuk Karanovic and Francois Watthez from the CEV for their support delivering the event.
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to support Vinnie Dos Santos attend the FIVB Intl Referees Course.
The DVC club man jetted off to Ankara, Turkey earlier this week to participate on the intensive week long course. The experience includes a mix of examinations, practical assessments and peer learning with 20 other referees from a range of Federations.
Speaking from Ankara Vinnie said, “I’m delighted to be chosen to Volleyball Ireland and the CEV to attend the Intl Referees Course. It’s a great opportunity and I hope to bring back new ideas, knowledge and experience to help other referees in Ireland. The course so far has been tough, intense and lots of hard work but it’s a really positive environment to learn in.”
There were almost 50 applications for the course, with the final list dominated by representatives from more developed National Federations and Professional Leagues.
Talking about the project, VI President Grainne Culliton said, “It is a key part of our strategy to support all within the Volleyball community reach their potential and this includes referees. Hopefully this can show there is a pathway for referees and like players and coaches, we will help people get to the very top.” Dos Santos, has also refereed in Faroe Islands, Denmark and Luxembourg this year alone, this and Pamela O'Donnell's experience at the Special Olympics World Games in Dubai shows there is an opportunity for Referees to represent Ireland on the global stage.
The course is part of a plan to up skill and educate referees and coaches, with an International Coaching Programme for Coaches soon to be announced for 2020.
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank the CEV for supporting the application, as well as the FIVB for their support with the training and mentoring of Vinnie.
Senior B Girls Final, Scoil Mhuire Strokestown V Partrician Presentation Fethard
Scoil Mhuire came up from Senior C last year with Patrician Presentation of Fethard, Tipperary joining them from the other direction. In fact this was the first team the teams would have faced each other. Fethard stormed ahead and took the first 25-19 with Lucy Spillane and Carrie Nolan strong. But Strokestown soon hit back playing some super three touch volleyball to take it level in a tight second set 25-23. Lauren Shanagher was impressive throughout the match getting the Roscommon team over the line and into the third set, in fact Shanagher’s performance earnt her a well deserved MVP award. However the Tipperary team just too strong in the end and won the decider 25-18.
MVP – Lauren Shanagher, Scoil Mhuire
Senior B Boys Final, Colaiste An Eachreidh V Grange CC
Another final went the distance with Colaiste an Eachreidh of Athenry winning in three sets against a spirited Grange Community College of Donaghmede, Dublin. In fact, it was the Galway sides second victory in three years at this level and a nice touch was that several of the 2017 champions returned to support their understudies. For Grange, it was the first ever National Final, in Volleyball at least – they had rushed from the National Basketball Arena where they competed earlier that day. In fact, Grange are a success story in Schools Volleyball with several teams reaching the latter stages of a variety of Competitions – the North Dublin area is becoming a hot bed.
Colaiste an Eachreidh started the stronger but the first set was tight, before they pulled away with John Gray excelling in the centre of the court. He was ably supported by Sean O’Brien and Culann Stevens. After a strong comeback from Grange they took the first 25-21. The second was very much the opposite with Grange getting and staying in front – it seemed the transition from slam dunking to spiking was complete with the inspirational captain Tomasz Nowakowski dominating. In fact, the Dubliners strolled to a 17-25 win.
That set the scene for the best of 3 decider – with Colaiste relying on a little more experience to edge an intriguing encounter 25-22. Congratulations to Coach Sean O’Brien and his team who are working with Volleyball Ireland Development Officer Conor Flood, to establish a new club in East Galway.
MVP – Tomasz Nowakowski, Grange CC
Senior C Girls Final, Elphin CC, Roscommon V St Leos College, Carlow
The only match that didn’t go the distance in a wonderful Senior Schools Finals day was the encounter between Elphin and St Leos.
In a relatively tight first set Elphin just about kept their necks in front running out 25-21 winners. Emily Keane and Chloe Higgins were the foundations of most things Elphin did well. The second and final set was much more one sided as Elphin steam rolled to a 25-8 win, despite the best efforts of the Gaffney sisters Lan & Lily. Both Schools have huge volleyball traditions and have been playing for a long time now. Elphin’s new head coach Kyra Wildy, claimed her first trophy at Elphin.
St Leo’s have been represented in numerous finals over the last few years across divisions but this time just came up against a strong Elphin side. For most of the Leo’s team that was their second final in two years, with both ending in defeat but the improvement in the team has been clear. They are certainly to be kept an eye on in 2020.
MVP – Ellen Tiernan, Elphin.
The CEV Schools project is a programme of Volleyball development aimed at linking primary and post primary schools with Volleyball Ireland affiliated clubs.
The programme uses a mix of teacher training, equipment and fun events to inspire children into Volleyball. A great example of this was a recent event delivered in conjunction with South Dublin Sports Partnership.
On Friday 13th December, 130 children took part in Volleyball for the first time. This is how it works...
1045: Children arrive and are allocated one ball between two players. The idea is to get as many touches of the ball as possible, but more importantly have fun!
1050: Children participate in a 30mins fun movement and ball confidence session. Working in pairs they carry out a range of fun games and activities that uses multiple touches of the ball. Teachers take part in this part too.
1120: The Children now move into more skill specific activities, seeing demonstrations of the pass, volley and spike from VI Development Officers. They work for 10mins on each skill. During this time the teachers are receiving some teacher training of their own.
12:00 After a quick break the participants move into 3v3 throw and catch Volleyball, ably assisted by Transition Year Students.
12:30: Once they have a grasp of the game it’s time for more fun – we now move into a special Glow in the Dark Volleyball activity provided by SDCC.
13:15: The kids and teachers depart exhausted but with smiles on their faces.
Commenting on the programme Deirdre Kelly of St Peter Apostle SNS said, "Kristof explained at the beginning that the content of the day was to ensure that all children were having fun, moving & learning a new skill. He demonstrated skills, kids practiced & then he moved on to the next skill. This was highly effective & he reinforced everything in the teacher training session later in the day. The whole day was fun & active & time flew by. The glow session at the end was brilliant.
Volleyball is an excellent sport for children of all abilities, the non contact element is more inclusive than other sports & the passing promotes great team work. I play volleyball with my classes & it never results in arguments among the kids & I generally have full participation."
What happens next:
Each teacher is given lesson plans for 8 weeks, this will help them continue teaching Volleyball in school. At the end of the 8 week block, each school participates in a fun Volleyball blitz.
During this time Volleyball Ireland works with local clubs to host weekly junior sessions – creating a transition and link from School to Club.
If you want to get involved as a School or club contact Conor email@example.com (in the west) or Norma Norma@volleyballireland.com (in the East).
Galway VC are the latest club to complete the Volleyball Ireland Clubmark Programme and achieve Clubmark status. The club ran Sitting Volleyball sessions, setup a junior club and created a link with a local school with Coach Lee delivering weekly sessions.
The Volleyball Ireland 2019/20 Senior Schools Cup Finals exceeded any expectations with excitement, energy and downright drama throughout. Two Hollywood-esque come backs from the cliff edge of defeat made for a thrilling day of School Volleyball with successes from St Flannans and Colaiste Mhuire taking the trophies back to Ennis, Co Clare.
Senior A Girls Final
First up was the Girls Senior A Final where last years Senior B winners Rockford Manor raced into a 2set lead. Led by the u17 National Coach Gianni Massa, the Dubliners were well organised and ruthless in attack. DVC player Laura Connolly the standout player early on. In the third set Rockford were 22-20 up, and in control but write the Banner off at your peril. MVP Una Ni Choileain led by example and some fierce serving from Serodie Luyindaladio wrestled the set back and got the Ennis team started. By the middle of the fourth you can sense momentum changing and Colaiste took the game to a 5th with ease. Maria Jones, was hitting well from the middle ably supported by Edith Kearney.
The crowd were vociferous throughout, adding atmosphere to one of the best Schools Finals in history.
The final set was back and forth and with tiring legs on both sides, and despite some heroics from captain Lauren Hayes it was the experience of Colaiste that ran out, taking the decider 15-13 to win successive
Colaiste Mhuire beat Rockford Manor (16-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-13).
3 E Kearney
4 E Kilroy
12 E Ikiebley
8 L Keane
5 M Jones
6 R Moore
10 S Luyindaladio
7 U Ni Choileain
26 L Hayes
25 A lo Giudice
19 C Robbiati
15 J Sophie
18 K Tabea Kley
9 L Racanella
24 M Chiara
7 N Bolger
2 V Biazzia
4 A Hoskins
12 L Connolly
Senior A Boys Final
Matching the girls final was going to be nigh on impossible, but the boys did just that as St Flannans and Drumshanbo Vocational School of Leitrim battled out another gigantic tussle. There were star studded names on both side of the net with Cian Humphreys and Cathal Dwyer of Munster Thunder and St Flannans doing battle with Gareth Gilmartin and the impressive Peter Winters of DVS. In fact, it was Gilmartin who despite the defeat claimed the MVP award with an assured performance leading from the front.
The team in red & white, like Rockford Manor previously, started strong and comfortably took the first set 25-18. But Flannans, who looked a little nervy in the first struck back with some hard hitting at the net running out winners 25-16 and it looked like they would go on and cruise to victory. However, if one thing Drumshanbo have, it is spirit and with Gilmartin showing his leadership skills they wrestled back control clinching a tight third by three points.
The fourth set see-sawed, with DVS edging ahead again before Flannans, somehow saved two match points and took the game all the way with a 26-24 win. Flannans gained control early in the decider with Jesus Quaye Saya coming to the fore and dictating play. With the ever impressive Dwyer and his aggressive attacking hitting some ferocious spikes Flannans ran out 15-10 winners and took the second Senior title back to County Clare. It was another year of heartbreak for the Leitrim team who fell at the same stage last year to rivals St Brigids of Loughrea. Hopefully, they can take some pride from the part they played in a fantastic final.
Gareth Gilmartin took the MVP award and bows out after a wonderful Schools Volleyball career.
St Flannans beat Drumshanbo VS, (18-25, 25-16, 22-25, 26-24, 15-10 in 1hr 32mins)
1 C Humphreys
6 A Lima
4 B Higgins
7 C O’Riordain
9 J Q Saya
2 J Browne
5 Ciaran Jones
11 P Kennedy
12 C Dwyer
1 G Gilmartin
4 E Moran
7 P Winters
6 Ronan Moran
11 D McWeeney
13 C McGourty
12 E Foley
14 B McWeeney
9 B Gunning
Reviews of the Snr B and C Finals will follow shortly.
When: Jan 25th 2020
Where: UCD, Dublin
Price: €50 adults, €45 concessions *
Info: The Foundation course is perfect for those wishing to begin their coaching journey. The one day course provides an introduction to coaching principles and guidance on how to coach correct techniques.
*Clubs with affiliated and competing youth sections are entitled to receive a complimentary place on this course. Contact Conor Flood firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this.
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