The first Volleyball Ireland Junior National League begins this weekend.
This league is the culmination of years of hard work developing schools and supporting clubs to establish youth sections. This development work, led by Conor Flood, included a number of blitzes, friendly competitions and coach education workshops to build a strong foundation of volleyball in strategic areas across the country.
This weekend will see 13 teams compete in the inaugural competition at u18 age level. The girls league will kick start a competitive framework that will see additional age groups added over the coming years ensuring a strong pathway from schools participation to Adult National League Volleyball and ultimately the Irish National Team.
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland, Gary Stewart said, “Our new strategic plan places the emphasis on developing new clubs and supporting existing clubs to build youth sections and expand their coaching and volunteer resources. The Junior National League is a great step and is testament to the hard work the board and staff have put in over recent years. Programmes like this are central to the good health of Volleyball in Ireland.”
Volleyball Ireland will be replicating this model at different age groups and with a boys version. If any clubs are interested in taking part please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. There will be opportunities to participate in blitzes and fun tournaments over the season to get a taste of competitive Volleyball.
The Development team are here to support clubs establish youth sections. Often there can be a mine field of policies and compliance involved when working with children – the team are here to support you through that and concentrate on the good stuff – Volleyball!
A special Thank You to those clubs and tireless volunteers for supporting junior volleyball without your hard work and dedication this simply doesn’t happen.
Our line-up for the first Junior National League;
Galway Volleyball Club
Newbridge Volleyball Club (Pumas and Tigers)
Clare Volleyball Club
Dalkey Volleyball Club
Ennis Volleyball Club (Elites and Eagles)
Naas Volleyball Club (Mambas and Vipers)
Santry Volleyball Club
Irish Emeralds u16
Craigavon Aztecs VC (NI)
Fixtures this weekend;
Holy Family SS 3rd Nov 1130am Warm up
Newbridge Pumas V Dalkey
Newbridge Tigers V Santry
Newbridge Pumas V Santry
Newbridge Tigers V Dalkey
Holy Family SS 3rd Nov 130pm Warm Up
TDS V Ennis Elites
Craigavon Aztecs V Ennis Eagles
TDS V Ennis Eagles
Craigavon Aztecs V Ennis Elites
St Brigid’s College 4th Nov 2pm warm up
Naas Vipers V Galway VC
Irish Emeralds V Clare VC
Naas Mambas V Clare VC
Irish Emeralds V Galway VC
Naas Mambas VS Galway VC
Naas Vipers VS Clare Volleyball
Volleyball Ireland has submitted two nationwide applications to the Dept. Transport, Tourism and Sport Sports Capital Grant Programme to support its member clubs.
The two projects are as follows;
The Net and Post Replacement Scheme has been initiated based on the Club Equipment Needs Audit carried out earlier this month. Within the audit it was clear that the most sought after equipment were posts and nets which often come into disrepair. The application would see a nationwide upgrade on these vital pieces of equipment.
When in decline these can become a barrier to participation and cause potential health and safety issues. As part of the club development programme, members have highlighted these equipment issues as a priority.
The second project will see new clubs, or existing clubs who wish to setup a youth section receive a starter pack of balls and equipment to support their development and grow participation.
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland, Gary Stewart added, “As part of the Volleyball Ireland Strategic Plan, we want to encourage the launch of new clubs and help our current members to build youth sections to feed into our new National Youth League programme. The starter pack programme will be a big help to drive participation and support what is a fundamental part of growing the sport. Getting that initial money together to buy equipment is often the biggest barrier to participation.”
The combined grant application is valued at over €45,000 – Volleyball Ireland is seeking a grant of €36,000 to deliver these projects. Volleyball Ireland also supported a number of equipment only applications from member clubs.
Global Volleyball legend and Olympic champion Vladimir Grbic, joined Volleyball Ireland to celebrate it’s 50th Anniversary.
Grbic visited Ireland for 5 days delivering a series of coaching masterclasses for young players, as well as a QandA with a range of top Irish coaches. The trip is part of a strategy by Volleyball Ireland to up-skill players and coaches to improve the overall standards of Volleyball in the country. The Serbian delivered Volleyball workshops to the Irish Junior teams including the u16s Girls team who are preparing for the CEV Championships qualifying round in early 2019, as well as training with the Boys u12 training squad.
Grbic also helped launched the CEV Schools Project in Ireland with a once-in-a-lifetime coaching experience for Sutton Park School. Prior to that he was working with a local Dublin school who are prioritising the development of Beach Volleyball.
President of Volleyball Ireland, Grainne Culliton said, “Vladimir's coaching philosophy is inspirational. He emphasises the importance for children to be involved in sport for mental and physical reasons, and to keep them playing, the focus must be on them having fun so they want to come back again and again. We certainly hope he will come back to Ireland again soon”.
Vladimir took time in his trip to visit the HQ of Special Olympics Europe/Asia for whom he is a global ambassador and his passion for working with children with special needs was evident.
This was Ireland's first time to host an international volleyball super star, and it is hoped to do this again, to help in achieving the goals of the new Volleyball Ireland strategy to be launched later this month.
Volleyball Ireland have received a grant of €2,600 to support the development of coaching courses. The funding will be used to host a series of workshops in late 2018 and 2019. The topics of these courses will focus on Speed and Agility, Coaching Children as well as technical skill specific workshops.
The support has already helped subsidise the cost of 25 new Foundation level coaches and 17 new Level 1 coaches who were trained over the last 6 weeks.
It is hoped our newly up-skilled coaches will support the implementation of a brand new u18 Junior National League.
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland, Gary Stewart said, “We’d like to thank the FIVB for their support in helping up skill our coaching workforce – quality coaching is at the heart of player and participation development. It all links nicely, the FIVB are supporting our coaching programme and the CEV are investing heavily in our Schools. And as an NGB we have a big focus on supporting the clubs. Those are really three key elements of the new strategic plan. We are indebted to the Coaching Commission for the tireless work putting the various syllabuses and modules together, as well as their delivery.”
More information on the coaching workshops will be announced in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on volleyballireland.com
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