The Annual General Meeting of Volleyball Ireland will take place at 11:00 (11am) on Saturday September 19th 2020.
Due to the current Covid19 restrictions, the AGM will be held via Zoom. The decision to move the AGM online will provide full attendance accessibility to the AGM for members, and mitigates against the potential of further lockdown restrictions.
Whilst this is not an election year, we currently have two vacancies arising on the Board of Directors. The positions are:
Ordinary Board Member
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank long standing board members Denise Tallon and Aidan Curran for their dedication, commitment and expertise.
Following an appraisal of the current board skill set, we particularly welcome nominees with any of the following skills: Marketing & Communications, Governance, Legal, Commercial & Sponsorship.
More information on the requirements and expectations of Directors, can be found in the attached document (below) ‘DIRECTOR INFO PACK’. Volleyball Ireland General Manager, Gary Stewart is available to answer any queries you may have on the vacancies (email@example.com).
In line with the Constitution, nominations for these positions must be received by Saturday September 12th 2020. They should be returned to the President (firstname.lastname@example.org), via club secretaries.
Volleyball Ireland welcomes further clarity from the Dept. of Health via Sport Ireland in relation to the Government's recent tightening of Covid19 restrictions.
-Matches, Tournaments and events can proceed in line with existing protocols, except that spectators are not permitted to attend.
-Training sessions must be limited to 12 people per court. With no more than 6 people per group in a 'pod' during indoor training sessions. These training pods must not mix with other training pods during the session.
Further information, (received August 20th 2020):
Guideline: Sporting events and matches can continue to take place behind closed doors
Guideline: Sport facilities can remain open.
Gyms/leisure centres/swimming pools/exercise and dance studios can remain open with strict distancing and other appropriate protective measures in place:
Guideline: Exercise and dance classes should be limited to 6 people and observe physical distancing rules.
Groups exercising outdoors should be limited to 15 people, including training sessions. There should be no mixing between groups.
Ratios: Working Example
Volleyball Ireland's updated return to play protocols can be found here:
Congratulations to St. Flannans School and Ireland u20 Mens Player Cathal Dwyer, who has re-signed for Narbonne after a successful spell earlier this year.
The Middle Blocker from Ennis, impressed the French club as part of the 'Twinning Project' between the professional outfit and the Mens National Squad last year. A week long 'internship' in October led to Cathal signing forms to represent the Centurions on the pre-Nationale squad whilst schooling in France.
Cathal will join up with the squad at the end of August, before representing in the prestigious u18 Coupe de France.
Well done to Cathal and the coaches involved in his development so far.
Volleyball Ireland notes the Government’s Announcement yesterday (August 18th), and has requested further clarification on a number of issues, related to indoor club training and outdoor volleyball matches.
Once clarification has been made, Volleyball Ireland will update and circulate our Return to Sport Protocols. Members should follow official Government advice in full.
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank all clubs, volunteers, coaches, players and parents for their time, commitment and perseverance adhering to the existing measures and for ensuring the safe return of sport in your communities so far. Volleyball sessions have been delivered diligently in line with existing Government guidelines.
In light of yesterday evening’s announcement the planned Junior Beach Volleyball Tour event planned for Bettystown Beach today (Wednesday Aug 19) has been postponed, as has the Kids Volley Camp in Bettystown (Thurs 20 and Friday 21 August).
A decision on the planned Foundation Coaching Course (Saturday Aug 22) scheduled in Dublin, will be made later today.
Updated Public Health Measures – Sport & Physical Activity
Wednesday August 12th, 2020
Junior Players from all around the country gathered down on the Wild Atlantic Way to take part in stage 1 of the Junior beach tour. A remarkable 22 players competed throughout the day in a 3 v 3 format style, under extreme sunshine on Fanore beach in County Clare.
The competition will span over two legs. The first in Fanore, Clare and the final day in Bettystown, Meath on August 19th 2.30-5.30pm. After an extremely exciting first day of play we have the ranking points available for viewing here on our website.
The 2020 tour is a mixed gender event and will be broken down into age categories for various prizes on the final day.
There has been an incredible response to the 2020 summer programme. Firstly at the regional training sessions that took prior to the competition days and once again on Wednesday for the Fanore blitz. We still have places open for the final day and if you wish to register please go to volleyballireland.azolve.com or for further info contact Conor email@example.com -0870997659
Following the announcement by An Taoiseach tonight the following guidance has been issued from Sport Ireland in relation to Kildare, Laois and Offaly.
The Restrictions are in place for 2 weeks from midnight tonight (Friday 7 August) until midnight on Friday 20 August. The situation will then be reviewed.
The key notes of importance include:
Travel and transport
You should not travel into any of these counties, other than for the reasons above, and you need to travel through these counties to get somewhere else. You should not stop in Kildare, Laois or Offaly unless for essential purposes.
No sporting events or matches should take place, with the following exemptions:
All indoor gatherings should be restricted to a maximum of 6 people from no more than 3 households in total, while maintaining physical distancing.
Outdoor gatherings should be limited to a maximum of 15 people, while maintaining physical distancing
Public and private transport
You should not use public transport unless it is absolutely necessary to do so, and where possible you should not share private vehicles with others from outside your household.
Please note that all Government guidelines supersede Volleyball Ireland's return to play protocols, which will be updated to reflect this development in due course.
Kids Beach Volleyball Camp for Bettystown!
Volleyball Ireland and Meath Local Sports Partnership are working together to host an introduction to Beach Volleyball for kids. The 2 day event will be held at Bettystown Beach on Thursday & Friday August 20th & 21st, from 11-1pm.
The programme is designed for children aged 8-14 years old and will focus on Fundamental Movement Skills and the basics of Beach Volleyball.
Volleyball Ireland Development Officer Conor Flood said, “We are delighted to be working with Meath LSP to bring a really fun, exciting and social sport to Bettystown. It’s a great way to be active and make the most of the beautiful natural environment of the Meath coast. Volleyball is developing really well in the region with increased schools participation both at primary and post-primary level. Volleyball is a wonderful sport to develop physical literacy as it covers the main fundamental movement skills. The main thing is, it’s a really fun activity.”
Bettystown is becoming a hub for the sport, with the International CEV Continental Cup held at the venue last year, before a planned World Tour event was postponed this July due to Covid19. The Meath coast is also a regular stop on Ireland’s National Tour programme.
Mary Murphy, Meath Local Sports Partnership Coordinator added, “Exercising outdoors is incredibly beneficial and County Meath has lots of beautiful locations to participate in sport. This innovative camp provides a great opportunity for children to develop basic skills in a fun way, and we’re delighted to support the project with Volleyball Ireland.”
The activities will be led by Volleyball Ireland and Meath LSP development staff, in the presence of Volleyball Ireland’s Covid19 Officer.
The cost of the 2 day camp, which is subsidised by Meath LSP Is just €10. Bookings can be made at http://www.volleyballireland.com/store/p25/Kids_Beach_Camp_Bettystown.html#/ and enquiries to Conor Flood, firstname.lastname@example.org
Detailed information is provided upon booking.
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