Volleyball Ireland will host the 1st Round of the 2019 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup – a Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifying event.
The prestigious event will be held over the June Bank Holiday at the picturesque Bettystown Beach, County Meath. The two day competition will see players from across Europe descend on the East Coast of Ireland in the 1st Round Qualifying phase.
Bringing the biggest International Volleyball event in recent years to the country is a significant boost for Volleyball Ireland. President Grainne Culliton said, “Bringing International events to Ireland is a key part of our strategy to grow, develop and promote the sport. The profile of this event will help us inspire new players to the sport. We are incredibly excited to host such a prestigious event.”
Teams from as many as 42 National Federations will contest the 2018-2020 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup in an effort to fulfil their dream of participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It is a truly impressive figure as the CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup takes place for the third time in history, following previous editions that qualified teams for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in London and Rio de Janeiro, respectively.
The Tournament will align with the CEV Schools Project programme, with VI working with the Meath Sports Partnership to deliver Beach Volleyball in local schools ahead of the event. General Manager, Gary Stewart added, “We want to use the profile of an Olympic Qualifier to get more people into Volleyball. It’s a great opportunity to show the country what a great sport Volleyball is and hopefully the Continental Cup will drive participation. I would also like to pay tribute to Grainne for getting the application across the line. She has led from the front with her drive, energy and determination to host this event.”
Volleyball Ireland has a range of programmes for participants aged 5 years to 95 years old through its physical literacy initiatives for children to its Chair Volleyball campaign for older adults.
Bettystown Beach has played a key role in the Beach Volleyball Ireland National Tour in recent years, and Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Meath County Council and the local Beach Management Group for their support so far.
Volleyball Ireland were one of the big winners as the Minister Shane Ross announces €4.5m of investment through the Dormant Accounts fund.
Volleyball has been awarded a total of €58,000, across two projects; The Aspire Graduate Programme and the Sports Inclusion Programme.
ASPIRE GRADUATE PROGRAMME
Sport Ireland will fund a number of NGBs to directly employ a graduate on the scheme for a fixed term basis (11 months). In addition, Sport Ireland would support the graduate scheme employees with mentoring, executive coaching and skills development training for the duration of the scheme, ensuring appropriate standards and quality of experience was provided for each employee and host NGB. It is anticipated that upon completion of the programme, each participant will have gained experience and skills development to ensure their likelihood of securing long term professional employment in the Irish sports sector is greatly increased.
The Volleyball Ireland graduate will lead the development of participation raising programmes, with a specific focus on Third Level Education. Applications for the new position will open in due course.
SPORTS INCLUSION FUND
The Volleyball Ireland project will include the delivery of Sitting Volleyball for people with a physical disability, as well as a range of programmes for people with an intellectual disability. The programme will also have a focus upon initiating sustainable school-club links in areas of social disadvantage.
Funding was made available to National Governing Bodies of Sport to support the National Physical Activity Plan under:
Action 47 ‘Continue to support the work of the National Governing Bodies of sport in
implementing programmes to promote physical activity’,
Action 48 ‘Develop programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity
Action 49 ‘Extend existing and developing programmes for physical activity for people with
disabilities and their families to enhance and deliver a comprehensive health and wellbeing
Commenting on the award, General Manager, Gary Stewart said, “We are delighted to be amongst the big winners in the Dormant Accounts funding announcement. The programmes we can deliver through this investment will make a difference to people’s lives and strengthen our clubs and our sport. It is a great vote of confidence from Sport Ireland in terms of what we are doing as an NGB.”
Both programmes will see Volleyball Ireland working with partners such as the Irish Wheelchair Association, Student Sport Ireland and a number of Local Sports Partnerships.
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Minister Ross, Minister Griffin and Sport Ireland for their support.
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce a sponsorship agreement with food franchise Eddie Rockets.
The American Style Diner will become the main partner of the Ireland Women’s U16s team as they compete in the CEV European Championships in January. The team are heading to the Faroe Islands where they will take on Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and the hosts. The agreement will see the Eddie Rockets brand on the Training gear for the team.
Commenting on the deal, General Manager of Volleyball Ireland, Gary Stewart said, “we are delighted that an Irish brand like Eddie Rockets is backing our girls. They’ve been training incredibly hard over the last year for this event and to receive such generous support from an Irish company is a real boost to them. It’s a nice fit when you look at where our Volleyball strongholds are and where Eddie Rockets Diners are located there’s a synergy and we hope the franchises can benefit as much as the team will from this.”
The cost of competing is in the region of €16,000, of which the players and parents have raised a significant amount through an array of fundraising events.
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Eoin O’Reilly Marketing Manager of Eddie Rockets, Niall Fortune, Owner of Eddie Rockets and Liam Jones, Team Manager of the U16 girls who has played an integral park in securing the sponsorship.
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