As you all know, Covid-19 is on the Island of Ireland. While there is ongoing uncertainty about the virus in Ireland, it is important to familiarise yourselves with the facts and advice about the virus on The Health Protection Surveillance Centre’s website at www.hpsc.ie and also The Health Service Executive website www.hse.ie
Below are some helpful tips which we would like to remind everyone to familiarise themselves with:
We would like to again reassure all volleyball participants that we are continuing to monitor government and expert advice closely and will keep you updated as required.
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce that Fitz Scientific have become the first sponsor to support the u19 Girls National Volleyball Team, ahead of the Small Countries Association Championships this Spring. The Drogheda based company is one of the leading environmental monitoring and testing companies in Ireland. The Irish owned service business has grown rapidly through providing quality service, on time, at a value for money price.
Their range of specialist services include Air, Water & Soil testing, as well as food and hygiene monitoring. Their sponsorship as an Official Travel Supporter will help the squad of 14 players and coaches get to Luxembourg ahead of the first match on Thursday April 9th. Kate Fitzpatrick, Business Manager of FitzSci commented, “We are delighted to support the Irish u19 National Volleyball Team as they embark on their European adventure. We’ve been following the progress of the squad for a while now and we’ve been really impressed with the girls commitment, dedication and motivation to represent Ireland. Everyone at Fitz Scientific wishes them the very best of luck.”
The teams will entertain Luxembourg, Malta & San Marino at the impressive D’Coque arena in the principality.
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland Gary Stewart added, “The whole squad, coaching team and management are grateful for Fitz Scientific’s support, and we are delighted that an Irish based company that is growing rapidly can help a team that is doing similar. I’d also like to thank Lyz-Anne, the mother of players Edith and Rhona for her hard work in securing the deal.”
There are a range of partnership packages available for potential sponsors here.
Competition Formats & Fixtures
The hall is accessible 30 minutes before the start of the first match each day.
Time-keeping & officiating
A reminder that teams are expected to be there on time to participate in their first match, the sets are timed and will take place at the scheduled times. Teams arriving late may be subject to penalty point deductions. Teams may also be down to officiate a match before playing in their first fixture and must be on time to do so; failure to provide officials will result in penalty point deductions. Designated team referees may also have to referee matches where your teams are not down as match officials, further details will be provided by the tournament desk. A new requirement this year, your club nominated referees must bring their official Volleyball Ireland Referee top and wear this while officiating.
Pre-match registration at the Tournament Desk
A tournament desk (up on the balcony in Gormanston) will be in operation for the duration of the weekend. The coach or team rep must register your team at the desk before your first match. You will require your registration cards for the players, coaches and referees to do so. In the absence of registration cards, players must bring valid photographic ID. Please ensure that you have the registration cards/ID present on both days. We will be running sample checks throughout the weekend. Guidelines will be provided to your nominated referees (if you have nominated referees).
Refreshments & First Aid
In Gormanston, hot food will be available to purchase in the shop on the 1st floor of the sports hall for the duration of the tournament. There are also vending machines for tea/coffee, confectionery and beverages.
We would advise teams to allow time to order your food as we predict the shop will be busy.
First aid will also be provided in both venues.
Saturday 29th February – Gormanston College, Meath
Gormanston College location details
· Championships (pool matches) – 09:30 to 13.30
· Mixed Recreational Tournament– begins at 13:45 and the final is scheduled for 19:30.
Sunday 1st March – Gormanston College, Meath
Gormanston College location details
· Championships (conclusion of pool matches) – 10:00 to 12:00.
· Knock-out matches – begin at 12:00 and the final is scheduled for 15:00
Matches will be timed so there is no flexibility for late start times. We have tried to give travelling teams outside of Dublin and Kildare a later start time on Saturday. Specific guidelines regarding formats, timing (matches will be timed), etc. are within the below document.
The hall is accessible 30 minutes before the start of the first match each day.
Please note that teams must register at the tournament desk on Saturday before your first match so please allow sufficient time for this process to take place.
A reminder that the finals for all 4 Championships competitions: Intermediate Women, Intermediate Men, Junior Women, Junior Men – will take place on Sunday 1st March.
We are looking for any volunteers willing to help out at the tournament desk over the course of the weekend, even for a few hours. So if you have any players (injured or otherwise), non-playing club members, friends or family members who would like to get involved at any stage over the weekend, please contact us. Prior volleyball or tournament knowledge is not required!
Please note that every effort has been made to make a rather complex system fair to everyone. Our aim is to have a fun and competitive weekend for all players in all competitions and we have tried to address the comments at the Workshop with regard to sufficient playing time. If there are any errors or omissions, please bring them to our attention and we will do our best to sort any issue out.
If you have any questions or queries during the weekend, please have your team rep come speak to the tournament desk. Please bear in mind that the desk may be busy at times and we may not be able to answer your query straightaway. Information regarding tiebreak formulas (if required) will be available at the tournament desk.
Finally, on behalf of Volleyball Ireland & the Competitions Commission, I would like to wish all teams the best of luck for the weekend.
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
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