Belgian Youth Volleyball coach expert and CEV tutor Kristof de Loose delivered a fascinating online webinar for Volleyball Ireland's Coaches and teachers on Thursday evening.
Over 100 individuals registered for the event which explored the development of key volleyball movement skills.
Check out the materials from the event:
Volleyball Ireland will be running Safeguarding Workshops to help train up Safeguarding officers ahead of the new season. These workshops will be online and are for those who will be taking up the roles of the Club’s Children’s Officer and or Designated Liaison Person or due to renew their certificate. If you are unsure whether you are due to renew your certificate please firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding 2 – Children’s Officer Workshop
1st October 2020, 6.30-9.30pm
Cost €20 pp
Limited to 12 places
Contact email@example.com to reserve your place
Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person
6th October 2020, 6.30-9.30pm
Cost €20 pp
Limited to 12 places
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place
If you are a Children’s Officer you must complete Safeguarding 1 & 2.
If you are a Designated Liaison Person you must complete Safeguarding 1, 2 & 3.
The Narbonne twinning project continues to bear fruit with the great news that u20 Men's National Squad players Gareth Gilmartin and Peter McGlynn will be heading to the South of France for a 'one week internship'.
The trip will involve training with the professional outfit, gaining an insight into the life of a full time Volleyball player, in the French top flight. Both players will join Cathal Dwyer who is excelling with the team at the moment.
Gilmartin of Drumshanbo VS is the current captain of the Men's u20 squad and said, "I'm delighted and really excited to head over to France and experience the culture and environment of an elite professional team. It's an opportunity I'm grateful for and would like to thank Narbonne for giving me the chance, as well as my coaches and Volleyball Ireland that have helped at underage level here in Ireland that have helped me get to this stage."
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Mens Squad Head Coach Andrei Molnar, as well as Eric Marty and the team at Narbonne Volley for driving this opportunity.
44 people from 18 different clubs attended Volleyball Ireland's Annual General Meeting - the first ever held online.
National President Grainne Culliton opened proceedings and thanked the Volleyball community for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. Noting the CEV Continental Cup held last Summer as standout achievements for the organisation.
Co-opted Treasurer Barbara Wojcik-Jaruga provided a financial report which included a 32% income and expenditure increase versus the previous financial period.
The following elections took place:
Clodagh NicCanna (DVC) elected as Vice President unopposed.
Alfredo Aloi (Net Force) and Erica Fatini (Munster Thunder) elected as Ordinary Board Members unopposed.
Barbara Wojcik-Jaruga (Balbriggan) elected as Treasurer unopposed.
Volleyball Ireland Commissions presented relevant reports on Competitions & Development, Education & Training and High Performance. Before General Manager Gary Stewart introduced a progress update on strategic objectives and results from the 2020 Stakeholder Survey which shows a membership satisfaction improvement score in all areas.
Volleyball Ireland staff Conor Flood, Mark Leonard Doyle and Norma McIntyre provided summary information on youth development, club development and operational improvements.
Further information on Volleyball Ireland's activities during 2019 can be found in the comprehensive 2019-20 Annual Report and financial statements below.
Government Restrictions, Level 3 DUBLIN
Friday September 18, 2020, 20:30
In line with the recent Government announcement on the Level 3 restrictions in Dublin, all Volleyball activity under the auspices of Volleyball Ireland and affiliated clubs in the county of Dublin is suspended from midnight this evening (Friday September 18th).
With the exception of:
1/ Team Training and Competitive Matches for affiliated *National League Adult Teams. For clarity this includes teams that are registered to compete in the 2020/21 National League Competition (Premier, Division 1 and Division 2 only).
2/ Outdoor training is permitted in pods of 15, including coaching staff.
Recreational/fun/social sessions are not permitted at Level 3 of the new Living with Covid Plan.
A level by level overview of Volleyball restrictions and protocol guidance will be published in the coming days.
*Volleyball Ireland’s National League is classified as a Senior Club Championship and is exempt from Level 2 and Level 3 pod training and match restrictions. This only applies to teams and players registered and licensed to play in the Volleyball Ireland Adult National League.
Saturday September 12th marked the closing stage of our Junior Beach Tour 2020. Under sunny conditions at Bettystown Beach our junior players competed to determine winners of the U19 and U15 categories we set out for this year’s events.
Following on from our successful Junior Beach Performance Camp last summer, it was clear there was a demand for Junior beach volleyball out there. This summer Volleyball Ireland in partnership with the Olympic Federation of Ireland set about creating a new programme with junior player development at the forefront. Youth Development officer Conor Flood said “The focus for 2020 was to set up regionalised training days and blitz events to allow those younger players opportunities to engage more often with high level coaches but also to compete and sharpen their skills. Over the last few years, we have seen significant growth in youth volleyball players for indoor. We aim to transition these players and others across to the beach and keep their development progressing throughout the summer months”
In a summer of uncertainty and government restrictions the Junior tour managed to complete all events scheduled. The players got underway on Bettystown beach -Home to the Tokyo Olympic beach qualifier no less than 12 months prior. Under the expert tuition of national beach fitness instructor/coach Viera Hauriskova and national beach team coach Luciana Sombra the players got their summer underway. Across the next 6 weeks training would alternate to the western region and there would also be competition opportunities on both coastlines of the country for all players looking to take part.
The final competition stage that took place was combined with the women’s senior beach team training. This was an opportunity for the younger players to not only observe the training at times but also engage in a King and Queen of the court. All players had the chance to compete alongside and against the senior team, driving their development once more.
Ireland’s beach team coach Luciana Sombra had this to say on the final day.
“It’s great to see so many young and talented players taking to the beach and enjoying their volleyball. We are in the early stages of putting together a youth programme for the squads and aim to establish teams that will compete for Ireland on the European stage over the next number of years. From what I have seen over the summer we have a really good start”
As the Junior Beach Programme closes, we want to thank all 44 players, parents, coaches, our partners at the OFI, Meath and Clare LSP's, county councils, staff, women’s senior team and everyone else that helped elevate junior volleyball this summer.
Congrats to our 2020 Champions!
U19 Boys Gareth Gilmartin & Cian Humphreys
U19 Girls Lara Nichols & Maria Jones
U15 Girls Emer Phelan & Laura Connolly
U15 Boys Conor O’Neill
We hope to see you all again on the beach next time!
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce Volleyball-14 | A fortnight of Pre-Season Activities.
The programme will begin on Monday 21st of September and conclude on Sunday 4th of October, six days before the commencement of the National League.
During the two weeks we will have activities and competitions for referees, coachers and volleyballers of all ages and abilities.
All activities will be live on our social media channels and webinars will be via Zoom.
In partnership with CEV, Volleyball Ireland are seeking a coach to attend a unique initiative between two confederations. The chosen coach will attend two week long training programmes in Belgium and Thailand, next year.
The cost of the course is fully funded by the CEV and presents a fantastic opportunity for a dedicated coach to upskill, develop and have an impact on Irish Volleyball players for generations to come.
Deadline for application is Monday September 14th at 1pm.
Please see further details below:
1st Week - CEV
Mr. Gert VANDE BROEK
March 20, 2021 – March 28, 2021 in Belgium
Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Leuven (KU Leuven)
2nd Week - AVC
Mr. G.E. Sridharan
April 19, 2021 – April 25, 2021 in Thailand
FIVB Development Centre – Thailand (Bangkok)
If you think you meet all or most of the criteria below please contact email@example.com and attach a max 350 word letter specifying why you feel you are right coach for this programme.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.