Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce that renowned International Youth Volleyball Coach Kristof de Loose will be the guest coach at the next Coaching Masterclass event. The Belgian comes with an incredible reputation as one of the best development coaches in Europe, and signifies an unrivalled opportunity for Irish Coaches to learn from the very best.
De Loose currently works as Director of Sports Training for Volley Vlaanderen (VV). He is responsible for all of the Volleyball coaching courses organised in the Flanders region and has been involved in coaching Volleyball at the youth, junior and senior level for more than 20 years. Moreover, he is a lecturer at the Flemish Coaching School, a Start2Volley (the youth programme of Volley Vlaanderen) trainer, as well as a member of the Youth Committee at Volley Vlaanderen.
De Loose works for the Confederation de Europeene Volleyball as a Coach tutor and recently delivered a high quality workshop at the CEV Coaches convention in Slovenia this Summer.
Date: Thurs 12th December
Venue: Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena, Dublin
Content: The session will be a mix of theory and practical work that will inspire youth coaches.
Cost: VI members FREE, Non Members €10
Booking: Registration is live on Weds November 13th. Limited Places.
The partnership will see the Dublin based firm, become the Headline sponsor of the 2019/20 Volleyball Ireland Association Cup and Shield Competitions, taking the flagship Finals in the Volleyball calendar taken to the next level. The Cup and Shield Finals will take place on Sunday May 10th at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena, with the event including fun coaching sessions for juniors in between matches and entertainment to keep fans intrigued throughout the day. Improving the quality of the Finals Event is a key aim of Volleyball Ireland’s 20x20 pledge to raise the profile of Volleyball and its female players, coaches and referees.
Sports Team Manager at ODON Kathryn Reddy, was joined by Vinnie Dos Santos of defending Men’s Cup champions Dublin VC and Marie-Claire Sobogal of Shield holders UCD at today’s announcement at ODON HQ in Herbert Place.
Reddy said, “O’Driscoll O’Neil are delighted to add Volleyball to our expansive portfolio of sports. We support and encourage Volleyball Ireland’s ambitious plans to improve the Finals Event for players and supporters alike. We are excited to be a part of what will be a fantastic Event in May for clubs, fans and of course the players. O’Driscoll O’Neil take pride in being the number one Insurance provider for Sports Insurance and with over 25 years of experience within this market we are happy to offer our expertise and services to Volleyball Ireland”
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland, Gary Stewart added, “We are delighted that ODON are supporting this years Association Cup and Shield Competitions. This support will allow us to improve the production of the Finals and create an event and atmosphere that players will love competing in and fans will enjoy watching. It’s our flagship competition and our players deserve to be playing in the best venue in the country, with the stands packed to the rafters.”
National League Clubs, Recreational teams and Student Sport Ireland affiliated clubs are reminded that deadline for entries is November 20th and can be made via the Go Membership portal (under events and courses). The Cup draw will be streamed live on November 22nd.
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Niall, Kathryn, Laura and the rest of the team at O’Driscoll O’Neil for their support.
Volleyball Ireland are looking for a Social Media Officer (Voluntary role) to help promote the great work that players, volunteers and coaches deliver for Irish national teams.
The position has come about based on feedback from National team coaches and players, and the strategic objective to Raise the Profile of Irish Volleyball.
The main purpose of the role is to:
Interested parties can send a brief cover letter outlining their suitability for the role to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight on November 17th 2019.
A more in-depth Job Description is available on the link below.
We caught up with Mens Head Coach Andrei Molnar to discuss the latest developments in the Narbonne Twinning Project, and find out his plans for the coming year.
So Andrei, 3 of the Ireland u20 Junior Squad are heading to Narbonne for a weeks training. How did this project come about?
The Twining project “Jumilage” between the Irish Squads and Narbonne Volley was initially approached by Lauren the last Squads coach. Jumilage projects are a particularity to Francophone countries, I personally am used to the term because Romania is a Francophone country as well. After I took over the Irish Squads, I found the project in a dormant state and recognized its potential for Irish volleyball players and started working with our French partners in making it a functional one.
What are the main aims of the twinning project?
The short term plan is to expose the Irish Volleyball players and their families to the high-level volleyball and its perks. On the medium and long term, it is an absolutely unique opportunity in having a direct path to the professional volleyball life. For us as coaches and managers I personally think it is a great opportunity to work with a club of world level from which we can learn a lot as well from a professional point of view.
The u14s were in Narbonne at Easter, how was that experience for the team?
Despite my past contact with the professional clubs I have to admit I was shocked in how we were welcomed by the local authorities of the AUDE Department, Narbonne Volley and local families. It was an unbelievable volleyball experience and it was impressive how much our lads changed in just one week.
How accommodating have the French families been hosting our Irish players?
The French families accepted us like we were part of their family, that is the only way I can describe everything. It was a perfect example that the community is the most important aspect all-around a sports programme.
Is this expected to be a long term project? Yes, this kind of partnerships takes time to solidify. It is my intention to work in an exchange of player programmes, but in a coaching development as well. Tristan Martin was one of the best setters in France and he is a very respectable coach tutor as well, I guess all of us have to take some French classes from now.
Have there been any benefits for the coaching team as well as the players?
Seeing how coaches like Tristan Martin and Philip Schneider work kinda gave us new perspectives in the development objectives. For example, it is important to have results as a team, but what life opportunities are we giving to our young players and such. Our young players started setting fastballs and playing pipe from the third training only, such is the power of example which they had from the Narbonne juniors.
So tell us about the lads that have been selected, who are they and where are they from?
Ciagan Davoren is the youngest of them playing as a libero and he is from St Brigid's College, Loughrea, Co. Galway. Cian Humphreys is one of our left wings and he is from St Flannan’s College, Ennis, Co Clare . Cathal Dwyer is one of our middle blockers and he is from St Flannan’s College, Ennis, Co Clare. The 3 of them took part in the huge success that the Irish National Team had in Scotland as well.
How were these lads selected?
In the professional volleyball all clubs have a player pattern that they usually use, all players know this. You might have no chance in this team, but you are wanted by an even better one, this is a cold reality that the Irish players have to learn as well. During our period with the U14, I had an opportunity to have extended talks with Tristan and Philip in relation to what kind of players they are searching, age, height, position etc
Do you have any more exciting plans in progress?
At this moment I am trying together with the coaching staff to put together an U16 Squad to represent Ireland in the CEV. I am extremely excited about this because we have managed to attract some very gifted children to the programme. By next Summer I personally hope to have a competitive Squad at this age group as well. I haven’t forgotten about the seniors where players like Aidan McDonell (Squads captain) and Eoghan Monahan have provided an excellent example of character to the younger lads. So by 2021 we should have senior Squad ready to compete at international level.
The SCA competition for u20 Men is next year, how are preparations coming along for that?
The preparations are going very well, the Scotland tournament gave the lads a very well deserved breath of air in this very long training process. But we are going to keep the Squads motto all the way to the end “Play the point, not the game”, which has made us keep focus so far.
Three Irish Volleyballers are heading off to the South of France today to spend a week training with Narbonne Volleyball Club - a professional club based near Toulouse.
Ciagan Davoren, Cian Humphreys and Cathal Dwyer have been selected by the French coaching team to gain an advanced experience of life at the top level. The mid term programme is part of twinning project that will see Irish players and coaches the opportunity to learn from a professional environment, opening up a pathway from participation to performance.
The project is the brainchild of Men's Head Coach Andrei Molnar who said, "The short term plan is to expose the Irish Volleyball players and their families to the high-level volleyball and its perks. On the medium and long term, it is an absolutely unique opportunity in having a direct path to the professional volleyball life. For us as coaches and managers I personally think it is a great opportunity to work with a club of world level from which we can learn a lot as well from a professional point of view."
Davoren is a libero and youngest of the squad, hailing from St. Brigid's College in Loughrea Co. Galway which has a proud history of producing top quality volleyball players. Ciagan is joined by two players from St. Flannan's in Ennis, Co. Clare who are becoming a real force in School's Volleyball. Humphrey's is a left wing and Dwyer a Middle. All three excelled at the recent Flying Scots Tournament in Scotland where the u20 team finished 3rd.
The lads will stay with host families and become immersed in French and Volleyball cultures learning from quality players and coaches.
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland Gary Stewart added, "I'd like to congratulate the three players for being selected for this trip and also congratulate Andrei for driving the twinning project with Narbonne forward with his energy, passion and enthusiasm for development. Finally, the contribution of Eric Marty, the Narbonne Club and the families in France should be commended for the generosity, kindness and help in providing this opportunity."
On Tuesday we will be publishing a full interview with Head Coach Andrei Molnar and gaining an insight from the players themselves.
The annual Volleyball Ireland Masters Tournament is back. The Masters Tournament is a one day tournament which takes place on Saturday, 16th November in ALSAA near Dublin Airport (http://www.alsaa.ie/location).
It is open to all 35+ year olds (and to those playing Premier League who are 40 and over) who are interested in playing in a one day fun tournament. The main aim is to bring current and former players back together for a day of recreational volleyball.
Teams can be entered (https://volleyballireland.azolve.com/Workbench.mvc/Show/6?ref=9E93F51F2FC1760DE8BC273DD21D7DE44601E8B) however if you are an individual looking to join a team please email (email@example.com) with your position and teams will be decided by Volleyball Ireland.
It costs €60 per team to enter. All players must be registered members of Volleyball Ireland. If you are not a signed up National League player you can affiliate as a ‘Non-League Player’ at (Inset link). The cost of an annual Non-League affiliation is €15. There is a list of member benefits on the membership portal.
The structure of the tournament is as follows:
We are very much looking forward to some great volleyball and an opportunity to meet up with old and new friends.
Ahead of this weekend’s games all players can download a copy of their membership card via the GoMembership platform by following these steps.
If your virtual membership card has any issues please contact Volleyball Ireland on 01 6707165 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ONLY players who have paid and completed the registration process will have a number and be eligible to play this weekend.
All clubs MUST include the VI Number (all VI numbers begin with VI..) on scoresheets for all players, coaches & referees.
Referees MUST ensure that all registration numbers are included on the Scoresheet.
The 2019/20 Season is now fast approaching and to ensure you're eligible to play on the opening weekend please see step by step guide to registering as a player through our brand new Membership system.
Volleyball Ireland and GoMembership have teamed up to provide our clubs, schools, players and officials a brand new registration platform. The simplified system will allow all users to upload relevant documents such as Anti Doping Certs, Coaching Qualifications and profile photograph.
For Schools, Go Membership will make affiliations and competition entries much easier.
National League Players must use the new system to register ahead of the 2019/20 season. Once you've created your profile, simply add the National League Membership option and select your Club from the drop down list (please note; the Eircode mapping system is currently inactive. Clubs are listed in alphabetical order). Once you've selected your club and your annual payment has been processed the relevant club secretary will approve your membership for that team.
Registrations are now opened to all and can be done so through the below link.
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland, Gary Stewart said, "Go Membership will make life easier for members and cut down the admin for Club Secretaries and Teachers. All data held is in compliance with GDPR regulations. I'd like to thank our Operations Coordinator Mark, for all his hard work in procuring and delivering the new system for our members."
For any queries please contact VI Operations Coordinator Mark Leonard-Doyle on 01 6707165.
Sunday September 22, 2019
Three Irish teams in Top 8 of Small Countries Senior Beach Championships
Three Irish Women’s teams finished in the Top 8 of the Small Countries Association Senior Championships in Perth, Scotland over the weekend. The results signifying positive progress as Volleyball Ireland looks to increase participation and improve performance on the International stage.
The top ranked pairing of Miriam Gormally & Alex Graves came agonisingly close to a podium finish losing the 3rd place playoff match to the tournament and home favourites Lynne Beattie and Melissa Coutts. The first set was evenly poised at 16 a piece before three errors on the bounce allowed the Scottish pair to take control. The 2nd set was much of the same with several Irish attacks falling the wrong side of the tape. Cheered on by the vociferous home crowd the top seeds ran out winners 21-17, 21-13.
The Yiassoumi sisters of Cyprus had earlier defeated Ireland in the Semi Finals (21-12, 21-14) to setup a winner takes all v Iceland.
Commenting on the tournament Graves said, “it was really great to get back on the sand representing Ireland after the Continental Cup in June. All four teams battled really well and to get three in the top 8 is a good sign.”
Earlier on, Gormally & Graves beat fellow Girls in Green Marie Claire Sabogal and Fiona Lamont 21-14, 21-17. The match showing the competitive, yet friendly spirit of the Irish squad – although it did cause an agonising conflict of interest for Head Coach Luciana Hollanda, who took charge of all 4 competing teams.
Both teams cruised in to the Quarters with Gormally & Graves topping Pool B, before Sabogal and Lamont despatched of third seeds Emma Patterson & Lucy Kavanagh-Dick from Northern Ireland in one of the standout performances of the tournament in the round of 12 (21-17,21-17).
Also representing Ireland and taking home a credible joint 5th were Roisin Roantree and Volleyball Ireland Board Member Regina Halpin. Playing as a pair for the first time, the diminutive duo impressed with wins over NI’s Montgomery and Scott (21-9, 21-12) in the Pools before beating team mates Emily Frazell and Orla Lynch (21-7, 21-11) in the Round of 12. Their tournament ended with defeat to eventual winners Elisabeth Einasdottir and Berglind Jonsdottir (21-2, 21-5).
The competition was a debut on the sand for Emily Frazell, who joined the Irish setup in May as part of the SCA Indoor team that visited Luxembourg. Lynch was also donning the Green Vest for first time, and the debutants return home with their first Intl scalp after a victory over Rankin/Blair of Scotland (21-11, 21-13).
The Beach season now wraps up with the attentions off the court as the Association looks to gain Sports Capital Grant funding to develop the first Inland court in Ireland, whilst supporting the implementation of permanent posts on beaches across the country.
Team Ireland Results;
Pairs Announced for Small Countries Beach Event
The Irish teams entering this weekends Small Countries Association Zonal Event have been named, with 3 of Ireland’s players from the CEV Continental Cup retaining their places.
Veteran Miriam Gormally will pair up with the impressive Alex Graves who will be looking to build on her successful debut performance in Bettystown. The experience pair are seeded joint second in the tournament behind heavy favourites Lynn Beattie and Mel Coutts who are representing the host nation.
The next two pairs are all made up of players who represent both Indoor and Outdoor formats of the game with Marie-Claire Sobogal, Fiona Lamont, Roisin Roantree and Regina Halpin making the trip to Perth, Scotland for the event. Roantree and Halpin will be the second game on court when they take Northern Ireland rivals Rachel Montgomery and Sarah Scott.
The final pairing sees UCD’s Emily Frazell and a returning Orla Lynch joining forces. They will face a tough battle early on against the highly rated Cypriot sisters Katerina and Anastasia Kiasoumi.
The team will be coached by Luciana Hollanda.
Team 1: Miriam Gormally & Alex Graves
Team 2: Marie-Claire Sobogal & Fiona Lamont
Team 3: Roisin Roantree & Regina Halpin
Team 4: Emily Frazell & Orla Lynch
Follow the fixtures and results here > https://www.cev.eu/beach/Perth.html
Volleyball Ireland will host a Grade 3 Referee Course on Saturday 21st of September at The National In Sport Ireland Campus, Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.
The course will run from 9.30am to 6:30pm and will cost €50 for waged and €45 for unwaged/students.
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The fee includes a Volleyball Ireland Referees Jumper and whistle subject to the below.
To help with the practical element of the course, we are looking for players to participate in some fun training matches during the day. This is a great chance to warm up ahead of the new season at a top quality Volleyball venue.
Players are required between 12:30 – 16:00, to confirm your attendance please contact Conor at email@example.com
Volleyball Ireland Presents, The Ball Cart Challenge for European Week of Sport 23rd – 30th September
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Volleyball Ireland is delighted to announce that €50,000 of funding has been secured from Sport Ireland to aid the development of new Women in Sport programmes.
The programme will see Volleyball Ireland Development Officers working with Affiliated Clubs and Third Level Colleges to develop an Activator programme targeted at recruiting female leaders.
In a club setting this will see participants provided with training, resources and the tools to develop Social Volley classes for adults, or new Youth sections for children. It is hoped this will be the first step in a pathway from participation to performance coaching and refereeing.
Working with Student Sport Ireland, the College based aspect of the programme will help promote Volleyball in third level institutions creating more opportunities for previously engaged school players to continue a pathway in the sport and to recruit new students to play Volleyball. This project will train up Student Leaders or 'DIVAS' who in turn will establish social volleyball classes in partnership with their college. A new Freshers and Beginners Volleyball competition will also be launched in the New Year."
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland, Gary Stewart said, "The aim is that our Women in Sport programme will get more existing female players activated as coaches and referees whilst also filling a gap in our participation pathway at College level. We presented a data-led application with the focus on narrowing the gap between the amount of male coaches and female coaches and officials actively involved in Volleyball. Whilst 65% of registered adult players are female, only 42% of coaches and 39% of referees are Women and that gap is far too big. This is an exciting programme that our Development team have created, and we expect it will have a positive impact for our clubs." More information on these programmes will be provided at the Club Development Conference on Saturday September 21st (register here).
Whilst the programme predominantly focuses on the Coaching & Officiating strand of the Women in Sport Policy, there will be a positive impact on Volleyball participation by way of developing the capacity of clubs and volunteers, this in turn will lead to more players for our member clubs.
Today’s announcement follows the publication of Sport Ireland’s new Policy on Women in Sport earlier this year. The policy builds on the significant work that has already been undertaken in this area within the sport sector to date, recognising the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of women through their involvement in sport.
The Policy on Women in Sport identifies Coaching & Officiating, Active Participation, Leadership & Governance and Visibility as four key target areas, with National Governing Bodies invited to apply for funding under these themes.
We've recently launched an equipment replacement programme for clubs, a school-club link initiative and now a support to help recruit new coaches and referees.
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Sport Ireland for their continued support as well as Minister Shane Ross and Minister Brendan Griffin.
The most successful coach of recent times Fabio Tamborrini, has announced his resignation as National Team Women's Head Coach.
Fabio, who is relocating to Costa Rica, for work purposes leaves a legacy of victory in Irish Volleyball. His accolades include the historic Quadruple Double of League and Cup wins with Garda, Galway, DVC and UCD Volleyball Clubs.
Commenting on his resignation, Fabio said, "Winning a historic quadruple League and Cup in a row, was a very proud moment for me and something which I will always treasure. Working with the National Team has been a great honour and the time we’ve spent in the Faroe Islands and recently Luxembourg has been a highlight of my coaching career. Ireland has a bright Volleyball future and I wish you all the best as you continue your development."
Volleyball Ireland would like to put on record their appreciation of Fabio's work, commitment and culture of excellence he has created both within Irish Clubs and the National Team setup. The Board would like to wish Fabio all the best for his future endeavours and hope one day, to see Fabio playing a key role in Irish Volleyball again.
Six Directors of Volleyball Ireland were elected at the recent company AGM held at the Killeshin Hotel, Portloaise on Saturday June 29th.
Grainne Culliton was elected as President for a final term, along with Vice President Denise Tallon, Honorary Secretary Regina Halpin, Ordinary Board Members Aidan Curran and Jeff King, along with Independent Director Martina Ward-Clancy.
Volleyball Ireland are currently recruiting for a company Treasurer. If anyone with the necessary skill set is interested in the voluntary position please contact Gary Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on the role and time commitment involved.
Volleyball Ireland to receive Olympic Federation Funding!
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to receive €5,000 in funding from the Olympic Federation of Ireland’s Discretionary Support Fund. The grant will be focused on developing a performance pathway for Junior Beach Volleyball Players. The announcement was made by OFI President Sarah Keane at their AGM last week.
The funding will be used specifically to setup our first Junior High Performance Beach Camp, which will be held this July. The residential camp will run over 3 days from Thursday 19th – Saturday 21st July in Gormanston Park College, Co. Meath. With the Beach training element held at Bettystown Beach in Co. Meath. The camp will see International coaches and former professional tour players join forces with current Irish Internationals to deliver a range of sessions to develop the key skills of Beach Volleyball. The programme will focus on the transition from the familiar indoor court to help players adapt to the sand. The camp will look at the technical and tactical differences as well as the psychological elements of 2v2 gameplay.
Conor Flood, Player Pathway Coordinator said, “The performance camp is a really great first step to players wanting to give Beach Volleyball a go. We are establishing a proper pathway that will support players from schools participation to International competition. In Year 1, we are specifically looking for players that are playing high level school or National League Club Volleyball or are involved in underage indoor squads to take part. A full Youth Beach Tour will then begin next season with the best players forming an underage National Squad. The HP Commission is currently mapping out which Intl events to target so there is a real opportunity here for players to represent Ireland in Europe."
This is the first step in the creation of a National Junior Tour and underage Beach Volleyball National teams that will represent Ireland in CEV, FIVB and hopefully someday, Olympic standard tournaments. The camp is open to 12 boys and 12 girls aged between 14-18 years old.
The cost of the course is €50 pp which will include 2 nights Full Board Accommodation and 3 days of training and competition. Each player will also receive a small kit bag with training uniform. The camp is supervised at all times with Volleyball Ireland Garda Vetted staff overseeing the event and hosting the Residential element of the programme which will see boys and girls residing in different sections of Gormanston Park College.
More details on the finalised programme will be released in the coming days. As there are limited places we urge all interested players (and parents) to complete the initial application form (below). A more detailed Application and payment information will follow for those players accepted on to the course.
Make it Meath for International Beach Volleyball
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce that the Economic Development wing of Meath County Council are supporting the upcoming #RoadtoTokyo International Beach Volleyball Tournament which will be held at Bettystown Beach over the June Bank Holiday.
The partnership will see the Flavours of Boyne Valley and #MakeItMeath branding at the Continental Cup event which will be communicated to over 250,000 people across Europe and beyond. With teams coming from Slovakia, Lithuania, Denmark, Estonia, Scotland, Ukraine and the hosts Ireland, the tourism industry on the North East coast will gain International exposure.
Grainne Culliton, President of Volleyball Ireland said, “The Council have been incredibly supportive of this huge Volleyball event and we are delighted to be able to showcase Meath and the Boyne Valley to our guests and viewers. It is a spectacular region and the perfect location for Beach Volleyball. We are delighted local shops, restaurants and hotels are getting involved in the event, it’s been really positive working with the community of Laytown and Bettystown.”
Kevin Stewart, the Director of Services Planning, Enterprise & Environment commented, “Meath County Council is delighted to be associated with this prestigious international event. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Meath and the Boyne Valley for what is sure to be a great weekend of sport and enjoyment.” The event will also see school blitzes, teacher training and beginner classes for adults from Thursday onwards.
The matches feature both Men’s and Women’s pools with the winners in each progressing to the next stage of Olympic qualifying ahead of the Tokyo Games next Summer. It is one of the first team based Olympic qualifiers to be held in the country and the players can’t wait to get going. Marie-Claire Sobogal of the Women’s team added. “We’ve taken our National Tour event to Bettystown Beach for a few years now and it’s been a great place to play with quality sand and relatively sheltered by the spectacular sand dunes. There aren’t many better places to play Volleyball.”
The games will be on from 11am to 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday with come try it courts available and skills sessions for kids on across the weekend.
Volleyball Ireland will be announcing further event sponsors and a digital broadcast partner shortly.
Newbridge VC will host a Grade 3 Referee Course on Saturday 22nd of June at Holy Family Secondary School, Newbridge. The course will run from 9.30am to 5pm and will cost €50 for waged and €45 for unwaged/students.
The fee includes a Volleyball Ireland Referees Jumper and whistle subject to the below.
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce over €37,000 of funding has been acquired for clubs, through the Sports Capital Programme. The Equipment Only round of funding was announced today.
€20,500 has been acquired for a net & post replacement scheme which will upgrade club facilities around the country. General Manager for Volleyball Ireland Gary Stewart said, "The Net and Post replacement scheme will allow Volleyball Ireland to support proactive clubs that are in need or new equipment. Posts in particular are expensive and when in poor condition can be a real barrier to participation. I am delighted and grateful to the Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport for their support." Details on the application process for clubs to avail of this service will be announced in due course.
€3,500 has been acquired to fund the purchase of new portable Beach Volleyball nets that will help introduce a National Youth Tour later this year.
€3,150 will go towards providing training equipment for new clubs. Stewart added, "One of the main barriers to new clubs setting up is the cost of balls, and other training equipment. This element of the award with focus purely on helping new clubs establish themselves."
Volleyball Ireland submitted applications in partnership with a number of clubs. The following have been successful: Newbridge Volleyball Club are also celebrating as they bring in €5,350 for a wall mounted post system which will cater for the expansion of their successful youth section.
Tallaght Rockets will receive €3,150 for new posts and Santry will bring in €1,500 for equipment to aid their youth section. Dalkey Devils have attained €400 to help fund a Sitting Volleyball net as they develop an Inclusive section at the club.
Volleyball Ireland Board Member Aidan Curran said, "When we announced our Strategic Plan we said the focus would be on helping and supporting clubs and I hope this shows we mean business. The Post Replacement Scheme is really good idea and I hope it helps clubs grow their participation base. On behalf of the board I'd like to thank Minister Ross, Minister Griffin and the team at the DTTS."
Facility specific announcements are due later this year as Volleyball Ireland works with Dublin City Council to develop a permanent inland Beach Volleyball specific in Clontarf.
This new funding is another boost to Volleyball funding. In December it was announced that VI had acquired Dormant Accounts funding to support the development of Inclusion programmes (€30,000) and full funding for a graduate position (€23,000). VI also received a €15,000 increase to their Sport Ireland Core Grant in January and on Saturday evening it was announced that €13,000 had been received to develop an u16s Club Youth League. The organisation will shortly be announcing over €30,000 in support of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup which will be held in Bettystown over the June Bank Holiday.
The final preparations for the Continental Cup are taking shape and Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce our Celebrity hosts for the event.
James Tzanoudakis is a professional presenter, commentator and reporter at the BBC for 5 years before reporting at the Premier League for two years - covering Leicester City's title winning season. James has covered a range of sports and interviewed high profile athletes and football managers including Lewis Hamilton, Wayne Rooney and Gareth Southgate.
James commentated at the Rio 2016 Olympics, and presented volleyball at IBB Polonia London for the past two years, as well as various beach volleyball events across London.
Sabrina Stocker beat thousands of candidates to make it to the final 5 of last year's BBC1 Apprentice. She owns the UK's biggest tennis events company, and has worked as a presenter covering a range of sports including tennis where she has made some really exciting films, volleyball at IBB Polonia London, rugby and much more.
She has a huge social media following, with high levels of engagement, and is very influential in the business world.
Together they present their fortnightly Youtube channel called 15 Love.
Ireland finished 5th in the Confederation de Europeene Volleyball (CEV) Small Countries Association Championships this weekend, their highest finish in 15 years.
The Girls in Green were handed a tough draw which seen competitive defeats v the heavily fancied Faroe Islands (25-17, 25-16, 25-22) and eventual runners up Scotland (25-16, 25-18, 25-23). Ireland finished with a strong 3nil victory against Greenland to take 5th place (25-15, 25-23, 25-19), in Luxembourg.
A nervy start, gave the Faroes a quick lead as Ireland handed to debuts to Fiona Lamont, Emily Frazell & Alex Graves (all UCD). Ireland fought back but the strong Faroese kept Galway VC’s Olivia Molloy at bay, despite some hard hitting. The second set went much the same as the first before Ireland built a 4-1 lead in the third and ultimately final set. Newly qualified Irish resident Graves attacking from the Wing with some fierce spikes. It looked at one stage like Ireland would take the game to a fourth but the technical skills of semi professional Islanders proved decisive. The main difference between the two teams being the Faroe Islands Number 12 Sofia Purkhus – who was playing her first tournament since giving birth only 6 months ago.
After a midnight arrival and early morning start Ireland took to the court against a well drilled and experienced Scotland. Carly Donaghy of Santry VC was given her first cap in the middle. The 2nd set also saw the introduction of 16 year old Siofra Lawlor who plays her club Volleyball in Luxembourg. Lawlor, who is also a talented Cricketer wasn’t overawed by the occasion and set her first point with confidence as wing Eimear O’Neill (Uni. Cork & Naas VC) impressed. It was game on the in third with Aoibheann Cassidy (Naas, Pictured) controlling the middle. Ireland took a 19-16 lead in the third as hopes were raised – however Scotland’s experience showed as the clawed back to win by 2.
That result meant a 5/6th placed playoff V Greenland, whilst the Faroes lost out to Luxembourg in 5 sets. Scotland beat Northern Ireland, (25-11, 25-17, 25-13) to set up a thrilling final against the hosts, with the Red Lionesses eventually winning 3-1.
The final match saw Regina Halpin take the bulk of the setting duties as Marie-Claire Sobogal raced to Cologne to catch a flight to a Beach Camp ahead of the Continental Cup in Bettystown next month (June 1 and 2). The Galway native setting up some lovely scores for Molloy and Frazell. In the end the Irish were too strong for Greenland and claimed victory when Lawlor nailed an ace with her first serve of the match (25-15, 25-23, 25-18).
Head Coach Fabio Tamborrini said, “I am really proud of the way the girls committed to this competition. We are in the process of putting in place strong structures to develop our programme. We have improved greatly since the last competition and have earnt more points in this competition in about 15 years. This experience for our young team will make us stronger for the next event in two years time.”
All attention is now focused on Beach Volleyball as the Continental Cup Squads will be announced next week.
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank the Small Countries Association, CEV and the Federation of Luxembourg for putting on a great event, as well as Main team sponsor - WED Consulting.
You can still support the team via the crowdfunding page; https://www.pledgesports.org/projects/volleyball-european-challenge/
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With less than one month to go until our CEV Continental Cup we have put together some brief guidelines on how to arrive at Bettystown Beach to see our #RoadToTokyo Event
From Airport (32min)
Dublin Airport -> M1 (Gormanstown Road) -> Exit 7 -> R132 -> R150 -> Bettystown
From M4 (Kinnegad 1h 9min)
M4 to Dublin -> M50 (Northbound) -> M1 (Gormanstown Road) -> Exit 7 -> R132 -> R150 -> Bettystown
From M7 (Newbridge 1h 12min)
M7 to Dublin -> M50 (Northbound) -> M1 (Gormanstown Road) -> Exit 7 -> R132 -> R150 -> Bettystown
From M50 (Bray 59min)
M50 (Northbound) -> M1 (Gormanstown Road) -> Exit 7 -> R132 à R150 -> Bettystown
Matthews Bus Times for Dublin - Bettystown direct found here.
Irish Rail services from City Centre to Laytown can be found here.
Depart at Laytown for 2.6km walk to Bettystown Beach.
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 become Team Ireland’s main sponsor for the Small Countries Association Championships which begin in Luxembourg today (FRIDAY MAY 10).
Kevin Murphy, Managing Director of W.E.D Consulting said, “We are thrilled to be involved with Volleyball Ireland in one of the most exciting team sports there is. We see great potential for the sport in Ireland and we look forward to supporting the development of Irish Volleyball at an International level in the years ahead. As a company involved in construction projects across the world we see where a team’s enthusiasm and energy are key to a projects success. We witnessed this enthusiasm and energy in the Women’s team during their preparation for this competition. We wish the team, and the wider Volleyball Ireland team, every success in exceeding their goals in the days and years ahead.”
Ireland kick off their campaign against the Faroe Islands 12 Midday Irish Time before taking on auld rivals Scotland at 5pm. The competition also sees Greenland, Northern Ireland and hot favourites Luxembourg competing. The games are streamed through the FLVB (Federation Luxembourg Volleyball) facebook page.
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland Gary Stewart, added “I’m delighted to have a 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’d 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’ve prepared well all year and can’t wait to get going.”
It’s 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 and competing with a main headline sponsor to be announced next week.
Individuals can still support the team through the Pledgesports crowdfunding page > https://www.pledgesports.org/projects/volleyball-european-challenge/