Volleyball Ireland Statement: Covid19 Update
Volleyball Ireland continues to follow the advice of the Government and Sport Ireland and has noted recent Government announcements that further measures are being introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
With this in mind all Volleyball activity will remain suspended indefinitely. This includes the cancellation of the upcoming Student Sport Beach Volleyball Varsities event, scheduled for early April.
The Volleyball Ireland Competitions & Development Commission, recently held a consultation session with 17 member clubs to explore options to complete the 2019/20 National League Season. There are a number of factors that require consideration and an update will be provided to members in due course.
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank the clubs for their involvement and continued feedback.
Volleyball Ireland has a designated Coronavirus Information page with a range of HSE approved guidelines and resources for members, clubs and communities. http://www.volleyballireland.com/coronavirus.html
Sport Ireland are currently undertaking a review of the Coaching Development Programme for Ireland to ensure that it remains relevant to the needs of coaches, instructors and leaders and the players, athletes and participants they engage with. As part of the review, they have engaged Humphrey Murphy from Irish Leisure Consultants to set up and run a stakeholder consultation process. They are now looking for your assistance in this process
Please follow the link below to provide your thoughts and opinions
The questionnaire will remain open until Tuesday 7th April
I would like to invite you to a Volleyball Ireland Webinar, Clubmark: Your Clubs Development Tool. This webinar will take explain step-by-step how your club can complete the VI Clubmark Programme.
The HSE has published a list of translated resources in a range of languages. These could be particularly useful for non-Irish members of your clubs.
To best help our members cope with the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak we are sharing some FAQs kindly provided by the HSE and Sport Ireland.
What is happening?
The Government is announcing additional measures to protect citizens by delaying the spread of COVID-19.
The general public is asked to follow this advice and keep informed of this ongoing outbreak.
We are actively working to delay the spread of this virus, so that our health system will be able to respond effectively.
What is social distancing?
Social distancing aims, through a variety of means, to decrease or interrupt the spread of COVID-19. It does this by minimising contact between potentially infected individuals and healthy individuals.
Social distancing is keeping a 2m (6ft) space between you and other people. You should not shake hands or make close contact where possible.
What are these measures?
It is important to reduce the risk of further spread of the infection.
1) Self-isolate: People are now being asked to stay at home if they have ‘flu-like symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, etc) regardless of travel or contact history.
2) Social Interactions: Reduce interactions with people outside the workplace as much as possible.
All citizens are required to:
- avoid crowded places;
- increase interpersonal distance (ideally separation of at least 2 metres, not shaking hands, avoiding communal sleeping areas);
- when in crowded settings, people should practice personal protective measures as they usually do (e.g., frequent hand hygiene, avoid touching eyes/nose/mouth).
3) Vulnerable Groups
Protective self-separation is recommended for a person who is at high-risk of severe illness from COVID-19, when the virus is circulating in their community.
These groups include:
- All people aged 75 years and over;
- People (adults and children) with long-term medical conditions including people with cardiac and respiratory conditions;
- People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment including cancer patients;
- Patients with any condition that can compromise respiratory function;
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-stay settings (including disability, mental health and older persons services);
- All over 50-year olds within the specialist disability health services;
- All people in the specialist disability health services with an underlying health condition.
All day services and community day hospitals (including disability, mental health and older persons services) are asked to enhance their social distancing measures.
4) Mass Gatherings
There should be no mass gatherings:
- Involving more than 100 people if located indoors
- Involving more than 500 people if located outdoors
Museums, galleries and tourism sites will close.
Social distancing and good hygiene should be exercised in all instances.
Respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 spread quickly in crowded spaces. Mass gatherings can amplify the spread of this diseases.
Infections can also be transmitted travelling to and from an event, and in participants' home communities upon return. These recommendations are in line with those now taken by most other EU countries.
Examples of mass gatherings may include conferences, sporting events, religious events, national and international events.
5) Closure of Schools, Creches, Childcare Facilities and Higher Education Institutions
The following institutions will close to students;
- educational institutions including creches/ kindergartens, primary and secondary schools and
- higher educational institutions, including universities, research institutes etc.
What does delay mean?
We know that COVID19 (Coronavirus) is contagious and many people will catch it. Our delay strategy is planned to slow down the spread of the virus. This means that for example, if 1,000 people are going to catch the virus, the delay initiatives should result in 200 people per week catching the virus over five weeks, rather than 500 people per week catching the virus over 2 weeks. That way we will be able to reduce the burden on our GPs and hospitals.
Will delay measures eliminate COVID19 (Coronavirus)?
It is estimated that all these social distancing measures will significantly reduce the demand for hospital capacity during the peak of the epidemic. This may also reduce the total number of cases and deaths.
Experience from China indicates that the early decisive rapid coordinated and comprehensive implementation of social distancing measures are likely to be more effective min slowing the spread of the virus.
Are you banning flights?
WHO is not recommending that flights be banned at this point.
We are increasing HSE’s Environmental Health presence in the airports. Arrivals will be made aware of our public health advice, asking them to practice social distancing and self-isolation if necessary.
Do I shut down my business?
Employers/employees should prepare to work from home, where possible.
It is recommended that there be a reduction of workplace contacts where possible, implementation of remote working practices/teleconferencing where possible and not to travel for meetings. Work times and break times should be staggered where possible.
Employers will be asked to increase awareness about and communication to staff about COVID-19 and to introduce policies to reduce social contact, such as:
staggering start times and break times;
using email and teleconferencing;
reduce face-to-face meetings and gatherings.
Droplets generated by coughs and sneezes are a major source of COVID-19 transmission. Social distancing in workplaces can decrease the risk of person-to-person transmission by reducing droplet transmission that occurs within 2 metres.
If an employee develops ‘flu-like symptoms they should immediately be separated from others, instructed on respiratory etiquette and sent home (not using public transport, if possible).
Advice from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is available here.
Are visitors banned from hospitals, nursing homes and long stay settings from today?
Restricted visiting is operating in hospitals and nursing homes. Limited social contact within nursing homes, hospitals and long stay settings is required.
Restricted visiting will operate for all residential services (including disability, mental health and older persons services).
Can you describe the symptoms of COVID-19 that require people to stay at home?
The most common symptoms of the virus are:
fever (high temperature)
a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
shortness of breath
Should those with these symptoms contact their GP? Will those with these symptoms be tested for COVID-19?
If you are experiencing these symptoms and are concerned you have been in contact with a person infected with COVID-19, self-isolate and contact your GP by phone.
Your GP or public health doctor will assess you and decide if a test for COVID-19 is necessary.
Will the supply of food be affected?
Businesses are working to ensure that there will be no interruption to the supply chain.
Supermarkets and pharmacies are remaining open with good social distancing
How long will my school be closed?
Schools will be closed until the 29th March and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Can I take public transport as normal?
Yes, but try to travel off peak and practice social distancing. If you are experiencing symptoms, do not use public transport. Self isolate and call your GP.
Will you be stopping trains and buses?
No. Public transport will continue but the public is asked to follow guidelines on social distancing.
Should I wear a mask?
No. There is no evidence to show that masks protect healthy people from COVID-19. Masks are required for healthcare workers in clinical settings.
Should children keep away from grandparents even if neither of them are sick?
Social distancing should be practiced particularly with vulnerable groups.
Thursday March 12, 2020, 13:00
Volleyball Ireland Statement: Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
With the recent developments related to the outbreak of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus), all Volleyball activity under the auspices of Volleyball Ireland, including club matches, training and school competitions will be suspended indefinitely, with immediate effect.
Whilst this decision will undoubtedly be disappointing to many of our hardworking players, coaches, volunteers and officials, the health and safety of our members, and the wider public is our main concern at this time.
More information will be provided on the re-scheduling of matches and competitions in due course.
We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis.
We advise all members to follow HSE Guidance:
The Squads for the Irish u20 & Snr Mens have been announced, ahead of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day Challenge.
The u20s will kick off the action at 1030 at the Queen's University PE Centre, Belfast before the Senior team entertain their northern counterparts at 1230. These matches will run alongside the Girls u19 and Senior Women matches.
Head Coach Andrei Molnar is happy as the build up intensifies:
"I am keen to test our U20 and senior team in Belfast before Small Countries Championship in Luxembourg even if we have a few important players missing, as Cathal Dwyer (U20) has club commitments in Narbonne and Eoghan Monahan (senior) which has a knee injury.
But the National Team has come a long way in the last two years, and nothing would have been possible without the help of my assistant coach Ionuţ Tărmure, or the Squads captains Aidan McDonnell (senior team) and Gareth Gilmartin (U20). And of course, the parents that are supporting us at every step, through finances, supervision and even cooking in our training camps.
Our main target from the start was to change how the game is perceived in Ireland, and I think this National Team senior and junior are making that happen. This was possible for the simple fact that these players are fully committed to the sport and to endure the necessary sacrifices that high-level volleyball demands.
Like always we are going to face the games with our philosophy “play the point, not the game”, and I am confident that our boys are going to make us proud and going to represent again Ireland with honour."
u20 & Snr Mens Squad V NIR, Sat 14th March
Aidan McDonnell (Snr Only)
Mateusz Checinski (Snr Only)
Gareth Gilmartin (captain)
Volleyball Ireland National Team Trials: Graves made captain.
UCD’s Alex Graves has been named captain of the Women’s Senior Team ahead of the upcoming St Patrick’s Day match against Northern Ireland. The powerful wing has been a top performer both for club and country in the last year, excelling in the Small Countries Championship before winning an All Star at last years Annual Dinner. Graves, has also performed well on the sand representing Ireland in the 2019 Continental Cup and Small Nations Championship in Scotland. The American born player, takes over the reigns from Galway’s Olivia Molloy, who has emigrated to Canada.
Commenting on the appointment, Graves said, “It’s a great honour to represent Ireland and to take a leadership role is particularly exciting. I’m humbled that Mark and the Coaching team have chosen me to captain the team, and I am so excited by all of the young talent coming into the Squad as well as a solid core of returning players. Looking forward to the match next weekend, and what the future holds for this Squad and volleyball in Ireland.”
Graves’ selection follows on from a successful trial day where 34 players from 10 clubs attended the recent event in Dublin. The day was split into two sessions with general skill assessments in the morning, followed by structured game play in the afternoon, where 18 of the 34 were retained for a closer look.
There was a youthful feel to the day, with the majority of players aged 21 or under, and many being graduates of the recent u17Womens’s Squad that competed in the Faroe Islands and Denmark. Commenting on the talent, Coach Mark Delahunty said, “We were really impressed with the quality, particularly the younger players that have shown real potential for the future. It’s a credit to the work being done by clubs, schools and Junior National Squad coaches that there are so many committed and talented players around. It was incredibly tough getting it down to 18 players for the initial squad, and then tougher still to select the final 12.”
The final 12 squad for the annual St Patrick’s Day match V Northern Ireland will be announced shortly.
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce that Alfredo Aloi of Net Force VC has been co-opted to the board of Volleyball Ireland.
Alfredo's volleyball journey started over 20 years ago in Italy where he held various roles, from player to referee, including a 6 year collaboration with the Sicilian Committee of the Italian Volleyball Federation. During this time Alfredo was in charge of supporting their equivalent of the Competitions Board and in the latter part he was part of their Disciplinary Committee.
Alfredo's direct experience with volleyball clubs, athletes and referees has nourished his passion for volleyball. He's currently actively involved in the development of volleyball in Cork, where he holds a management position with Net Force Volleyball Club Cork.
Alfredo's occupation outside of volleyball entails developing and motivating talents to achieve goals, with a specific focus on training and communication.
Alfredo, worked, lived and practised volleyball in 4 different countries: Italy, UK, Belgium and Ireland.
He enjoys good food and spending time visiting new places with his wife and two young kids.
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