Volleyball Ireland were delighted to welcome the inspiring Belgian Coach Kristof de Loose to Dublin for the latest instalment of The Coaching Masterclass series.
De Loose, delivered a Coaches session on Thursday evening which included an overview of the 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 pathway that exists in Belgium. The emphasis being on three key elements; FUN, MOVEMENT and LEARNING.
20 coaches from a variety of clubs were represented including Ballymun, Newbridge, Naas, Santry, Tallaght Rockets, Dalkey Devils and Aer Lingus. After the theoretical elements the coaches were made to sweat as Kristof delivered a typical session for the group.
Kristof's presentation can be found at the bottom of the page and we recommend interested coaches follow the Start2Volley facebook page for videos and posts.
The following day Kristof delivered a teacher training workshop as part of the CEV Schools Project development day with South Dublin Sports Partnership. 16 teachers attended from 8 different schools who will be delivering Volleyball for the first time.
The feedback from the event has been universally positive and Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Kristof, Vuk Karanovic and Francois Watthez from the CEV for their support delivering the event.
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to support Vinnie Dos Santos attend the FIVB Intl Referees Course.
The DVC club man jetted off to Ankara, Turkey earlier this week to participate on the intensive week long course. The experience includes a mix of examinations, practical assessments and peer learning with 20 other referees from a range of Federations.
Speaking from Ankara Vinnie said, “I’m delighted to be chosen to Volleyball Ireland and the CEV to attend the Intl Referees Course. It’s a great opportunity and I hope to bring back new ideas, knowledge and experience to help other referees in Ireland. The course so far has been tough, intense and lots of hard work but it’s a really positive environment to learn in.”
There were almost 50 applications for the course, with the final list dominated by representatives from more developed National Federations and Professional Leagues.
Talking about the project, VI President Grainne Culliton said, “It is a key part of our strategy to support all within the Volleyball community reach their potential and this includes referees. Hopefully this can show there is a pathway for referees and like players and coaches, we will help people get to the very top.” Dos Santos, has also refereed in Faroe Islands, Denmark and Luxembourg this year alone, this and Pamela O'Donnell's experience at the Special Olympics World Games in Dubai shows there is an opportunity for Referees to represent Ireland on the global stage.
The course is part of a plan to up skill and educate referees and coaches, with an International Coaching Programme for Coaches soon to be announced for 2020.
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank the CEV for supporting the application, as well as the FIVB for their support with the training and mentoring of Vinnie.
Senior B Girls Final, Scoil Mhuire Strokestown V Partrician Presentation Fethard
Scoil Mhuire came up from Senior C last year with Patrician Presentation of Fethard, Tipperary joining them from the other direction. In fact this was the first team the teams would have faced each other. Fethard stormed ahead and took the first 25-19 with Lucy Spillane and Carrie Nolan strong. But Strokestown soon hit back playing some super three touch volleyball to take it level in a tight second set 25-23. Lauren Shanagher was impressive throughout the match getting the Roscommon team over the line and into the third set, in fact Shanagher’s performance earnt her a well deserved MVP award. However the Tipperary team just too strong in the end and won the decider 25-18.
MVP – Lauren Shanagher, Scoil Mhuire
Senior B Boys Final, Colaiste An Eachreidh V Grange CC
Another final went the distance with Colaiste an Eachreidh of Athenry winning in three sets against a spirited Grange Community College of Donaghmede, Dublin. In fact, it was the Galway sides second victory in three years at this level and a nice touch was that several of the 2017 champions returned to support their understudies. For Grange, it was the first ever National Final, in Volleyball at least – they had rushed from the National Basketball Arena where they competed earlier that day. In fact, Grange are a success story in Schools Volleyball with several teams reaching the latter stages of a variety of Competitions – the North Dublin area is becoming a hot bed.
Colaiste an Eachreidh started the stronger but the first set was tight, before they pulled away with John Gray excelling in the centre of the court. He was ably supported by Sean O’Brien and Culann Stevens. After a strong comeback from Grange they took the first 25-21. The second was very much the opposite with Grange getting and staying in front – it seemed the transition from slam dunking to spiking was complete with the inspirational captain Tomasz Nowakowski dominating. In fact, the Dubliners strolled to a 17-25 win.
That set the scene for the best of 3 decider – with Colaiste relying on a little more experience to edge an intriguing encounter 25-22. Congratulations to Coach Sean O’Brien and his team who are working with Volleyball Ireland Development Officer Conor Flood, to establish a new club in East Galway.
MVP – Tomasz Nowakowski, Grange CC
Senior C Girls Final, Elphin CC, Roscommon V St Leos College, Carlow
The only match that didn’t go the distance in a wonderful Senior Schools Finals day was the encounter between Elphin and St Leos.
In a relatively tight first set Elphin just about kept their necks in front running out 25-21 winners. Emily Keane and Chloe Higgins were the foundations of most things Elphin did well. The second and final set was much more one sided as Elphin steam rolled to a 25-8 win, despite the best efforts of the Gaffney sisters Lan & Lily. Both Schools have huge volleyball traditions and have been playing for a long time now. Elphin’s new head coach Kyra Wildy, claimed her first trophy at Elphin.
St Leo’s have been represented in numerous finals over the last few years across divisions but this time just came up against a strong Elphin side. For most of the Leo’s team that was their second final in two years, with both ending in defeat but the improvement in the team has been clear. They are certainly to be kept an eye on in 2020.
MVP – Ellen Tiernan, Elphin.
The CEV Schools project is a programme of Volleyball development aimed at linking primary and post primary schools with Volleyball Ireland affiliated clubs.
The programme uses a mix of teacher training, equipment and fun events to inspire children into Volleyball. A great example of this was a recent event delivered in conjunction with South Dublin Sports Partnership.
On Friday 13th December, 130 children took part in Volleyball for the first time. This is how it works...
1045: Children arrive and are allocated one ball between two players. The idea is to get as many touches of the ball as possible, but more importantly have fun!
1050: Children participate in a 30mins fun movement and ball confidence session. Working in pairs they carry out a range of fun games and activities that uses multiple touches of the ball. Teachers take part in this part too.
1120: The Children now move into more skill specific activities, seeing demonstrations of the pass, volley and spike from VI Development Officers. They work for 10mins on each skill. During this time the teachers are receiving some teacher training of their own.
12:00 After a quick break the participants move into 3v3 throw and catch Volleyball, ably assisted by Transition Year Students.
12:30: Once they have a grasp of the game it’s time for more fun – we now move into a special Glow in the Dark Volleyball activity provided by SDCC.
13:15: The kids and teachers depart exhausted but with smiles on their faces.
Commenting on the programme Deirdre Kelly of St Peter Apostle SNS said, "Kristof explained at the beginning that the content of the day was to ensure that all children were having fun, moving & learning a new skill. He demonstrated skills, kids practiced & then he moved on to the next skill. This was highly effective & he reinforced everything in the teacher training session later in the day. The whole day was fun & active & time flew by. The glow session at the end was brilliant.
Volleyball is an excellent sport for children of all abilities, the non contact element is more inclusive than other sports & the passing promotes great team work. I play volleyball with my classes & it never results in arguments among the kids & I generally have full participation."
What happens next:
Each teacher is given lesson plans for 8 weeks, this will help them continue teaching Volleyball in school. At the end of the 8 week block, each school participates in a fun Volleyball blitz.
During this time Volleyball Ireland works with local clubs to host weekly junior sessions – creating a transition and link from School to Club.
If you want to get involved as a School or club contact Conor email@example.com (in the west) or Norma Norma@volleyballireland.com (in the East).
Galway VC are the latest club to complete the Volleyball Ireland Clubmark Programme and achieve Clubmark status. The club ran Sitting Volleyball sessions, setup a junior club and created a link with a local school with Coach Lee delivering weekly sessions.
The Volleyball Ireland 2019/20 Senior Schools Cup Finals exceeded any expectations with excitement, energy and downright drama throughout. Two Hollywood-esque come backs from the cliff edge of defeat made for a thrilling day of School Volleyball with successes from St Flannans and Colaiste Mhuire taking the trophies back to Ennis, Co Clare.
Senior A Girls Final
First up was the Girls Senior A Final where last years Senior B winners Rockford Manor raced into a 2set lead. Led by the u17 National Coach Gianni Massa, the Dubliners were well organised and ruthless in attack. DVC player Laura Connolly the standout player early on. In the third set Rockford were 22-20 up, and in control but write the Banner off at your peril. MVP Una Ni Choileain led by example and some fierce serving from Serodie Luyindaladio wrestled the set back and got the Ennis team started. By the middle of the fourth you can sense momentum changing and Colaiste took the game to a 5th with ease. Maria Jones, was hitting well from the middle ably supported by Edith Kearney.
The crowd were vociferous throughout, adding atmosphere to one of the best Schools Finals in history.
The final set was back and forth and with tiring legs on both sides, and despite some heroics from captain Lauren Hayes it was the experience of Colaiste that ran out, taking the decider 15-13 to win successive
Colaiste Mhuire beat Rockford Manor (16-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-13).
3 E Kearney
4 E Kilroy
12 E Ikiebley
8 L Keane
5 M Jones
6 R Moore
10 S Luyindaladio
7 U Ni Choileain
26 L Hayes
25 A lo Giudice
19 C Robbiati
15 J Sophie
18 K Tabea Kley
9 L Racanella
24 M Chiara
7 N Bolger
2 V Biazzia
4 A Hoskins
12 L Connolly
Senior A Boys Final
Matching the girls final was going to be nigh on impossible, but the boys did just that as St Flannans and Drumshanbo Vocational School of Leitrim battled out another gigantic tussle. There were star studded names on both side of the net with Cian Humphreys and Cathal Dwyer of Munster Thunder and St Flannans doing battle with Gareth Gilmartin and the impressive Peter Winters of DVS. In fact, it was Gilmartin who despite the defeat claimed the MVP award with an assured performance leading from the front.
The team in red & white, like Rockford Manor previously, started strong and comfortably took the first set 25-18. But Flannans, who looked a little nervy in the first struck back with some hard hitting at the net running out winners 25-16 and it looked like they would go on and cruise to victory. However, if one thing Drumshanbo have, it is spirit and with Gilmartin showing his leadership skills they wrestled back control clinching a tight third by three points.
The fourth set see-sawed, with DVS edging ahead again before Flannans, somehow saved two match points and took the game all the way with a 26-24 win. Flannans gained control early in the decider with Jesus Quaye Saya coming to the fore and dictating play. With the ever impressive Dwyer and his aggressive attacking hitting some ferocious spikes Flannans ran out 15-10 winners and took the second Senior title back to County Clare. It was another year of heartbreak for the Leitrim team who fell at the same stage last year to rivals St Brigids of Loughrea. Hopefully, they can take some pride from the part they played in a fantastic final.
Gareth Gilmartin took the MVP award and bows out after a wonderful Schools Volleyball career.
St Flannans beat Drumshanbo VS, (18-25, 25-16, 22-25, 26-24, 15-10 in 1hr 32mins)
1 C Humphreys
6 A Lima
4 B Higgins
7 C O’Riordain
9 J Q Saya
2 J Browne
5 Ciaran Jones
11 P Kennedy
12 C Dwyer
1 G Gilmartin
4 E Moran
7 P Winters
6 Ronan Moran
11 D McWeeney
13 C McGourty
12 E Foley
14 B McWeeney
9 B Gunning
Reviews of the Snr B and C Finals will follow shortly.
When: Jan 25th 2020
Where: UCD, Dublin
Price: €50 adults, €45 concessions *
Info: The Foundation course is perfect for those wishing to begin their coaching journey. The one day course provides an introduction to coaching principles and guidance on how to coach correct techniques.
*Clubs with affiliated and competing youth sections are entitled to receive a complimentary place on this course. Contact Conor Flood firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this.
On Monday 9th December 2019, the Education & Training Commission ran a Refreshers Referee Course in the VI office on Thomas Street. All Referees are required to take a Refresher course every 3 years.
Alan Gormally, Ireland's only International Referee ran the course which was received with great interest and enthusiasm. Alan presented scenarios from FIVB case book and the correct course of actions were discussed followed by likely situations to be encountered during the season in Ireland.
There was robust discussions with good examples of case studies and actual examples of situations that Referees have experienced. This was followed by a closed book refresher exam, exam review, results and feedback.
if you and fellow referees from your club need to attend a refreshers course please contact the Education & Training Commission to arrange a date - email@example.com
Volleyball Ireland Association Cup Final chosen for Live Streaming.
The Federation of Irish Sport announced the recipients of the ‘Showcase your sportswomen live’ fund which is supported by Sport Ireland and delivered by Pundit Arena. Recipients will be awarded the services of Pundit Arena to live stream a sporting event where there is female participation. The fund is operated with thanks to Women in Sport funding provided by Sport Ireland for 2020.
The streaming package will see 4 other sporting events brought to life across Pundit Arena and the NGBs platforms including elements of social media promotion and support, key interviews and the event streaming itself. The events covered in 2020 will include Track Cycling International, Ultimate Frisbee test match v Great Britain and the Level Par Golf Conference, Splash ‘n’ Dash @ Grand Canal Doc.
Speaking about the recipients, Federation CEO Mary O’Connor said “We are delighted to announce the worthy recipients today. The volume and quality of applications was exceptionally high and we are excited to be able to bring such fantastic and innovative events to life in 2020. It is vital that women in sport are given the opportunity to be as visible as possible and that such events are shared with as wide an audience as possible to help grow participation across all sports.”
Volleyball Ireland GM, Gary Stewart added, "It's a key pillar of our strategic plan to raise the profile of the sport and this partnership will really help us to do that. It will showcase our tremendous athletes and their skills to new audiences across Ireland, and with Pundit Arena's huge reach, across the world."
Women in Sport Lead for Sport Ireland, Nora Stapleton speaking at the announcement said, “Sport Ireland is delighted to provide investment to the Federation of Irish Sport through the Women in Sport programme. Visibility is one of the key target areas of the Women in Sport Policy and thus supporting initiatives such as this means that visibility and profile of our female role models in sport is increasing.”
st piece of work by the Federation, who are also involved in the 20×20 campaign, to help increase the visibility of women in sport.
This Thursday 12th December our senior school finals event will feature finals for both boys and girls in the A, B & C categories with Colaiste Mhuire of Ennis favourites to defend their crown. They will face strong opposition from Dublin based Rockford Manor. The match will feature key players from the U17 Girls National squad such as captain Maria Jones and Laura Connolly going head to head.
The Boys A final pits St. Flannan's College against Drumshanbo, who overcame champions St. Brigid's Loughrea in a thrilling semi final. The Leitrim side will be looking to go one step further this year, but with Flannans having U20 National Team stars Cathal Dwyer and Cian Humphreys in their lineup it could be a second trophy heading back to County Clare. Drumshanbo captain and leader Gareth Gilmartin will have something to say about that.
Both Senior A matches promise to be crackers!
In the B Finals, Colaiste An Eachreidh of Athenry take on Grange Community College of Dublin in the boys and in the girls Scoil Mhuire of Strokestown, Roscommon entertain Patrician Presentation of Fethard, Tipperary. If these matches are half as good as last year the crowds will be in for a great day.
The Senior C Girls sees a second school from Roscommon represented as Elphin CC take on St Leo's of Carlow.
10:30 - Snr A Girls: Colaiste Mhuire v Rockford Manor (Hall B) - LIVE on Volleyball Ireland Facebook Page
11:00 - Snr B Girls: Scoil Mhuire v Patrician Presentation (Hall A)
12:00 - Snr A Boys: St Flannans v Drumshanbo (Hall B) - LIVE on Volleyball Ireland Facebook Page
12:30 - Snr B Girls: Elphin CC v St Leo's (Hall A)
14:00 - Snr C Girls: Colaiste an Eachreidh v Grange CC (Hall B) - LIVE on Volleyball Ireland Facebook Page
With 7 counties represented it shows the strength of Schools Volleyball across Ireland.
The 2019/20 Volleyball Ireland Association Cup draw for both the Men’s & Women’s competition took place in event sponsor O’Driscoll O’Neill the leading insurance broker for sports insurance in Ireland today, Tuesday 10th December.
To be played 18/19 January 2020
1.1 - TCD vs Dalkey Devils
1.2 - Santry PW vs Naas Cobras
1.3 - TRVC D1W vs UCD
1.4 - Aer Lingus Hawks vs TRVC D2W
1.5 - Santry D1W 1 vs Santry D1W 2
To be played 8/9 February 2020
CupQF1 - Gardians Patatas vs Wnr 1.5
CupQF2 - DVC Lions vs Wnr 1.4
CupQF3 - Gardians D1W vs Wnr 1.3
CupQF4 - Wnr 1.1 vs Wnr 1.2
The women’s draw is available to watch here shortly
To be played 18/19 January 2020
1.1 - IT Carlow v TRVC D1M
1.2 - Aer Lingus Harriers vs TCD
1.3 - TRVC PM vs Gardians 5.0
To be played 8/9 February 2020
CupQF1 - Aer Lingus PM vs Wnr 1.1
CupQF2 - UCD vs Wnr 1.2
CupQF3 - DVC Abú vs Wnr 1.3
CupQF4 - Aer Lingus Masters vs DVC BraVo
The men’s draw is available to watch here shortly
A huge thank you to Kathryn Reddy, Jamie Costello, Laura Redmond & Danielle Dowling (All O’Driscoll O’Neil) for their assistance with the draw.
December 7th, CIT, Cork- The South Recreational Mixed Cup Finals drew to a close for 2019 on Saturday. The tournament has really been going from strength to strength and this year we had a 54% increase in team entries.
There are two levels of play Cup & shield. The first day of the cup was played back in November and after an intense 28 matches we had our league positions finalised. The second day consisted more of a straight knockout style. Teams are paired with similar teams according to the day one results.
The morning session however meant Dalkey Devils, CIT, Cork Diggers and Phoenix VC all departed at the quarterfinal stage. UCC who narrowly overcame Phoenix VC (West Rec runners up 2019) in the QF were matched against defending south champions Netforce VC. The college club really got into their stride though and pulled off a remarkable victory to catapult them into their first ever South Rec Final. Over in Semi Final B, Impact VC were facing a difficult challenge in BOA.
It was a close match up and tough for BOA who eventually lost out on that final spot. The final was a worthy and exciting final. UCC snatched the first set 26-24 and even had two match point to claim glory but Impact's experience pulled them through to take a 26-24 second set victory. Point for point the final set was anyone's but the club from Macroom finally pinched gold 15-12.
We will take a short break now until the new year but will be straight back with the Shield Final on January 11th again in CIT. We have defending champions, runners up as well as some new clubs this year hoping to create an upset.
Volleyball Ireland's TY Volley Programme is going from strength to strength. Since September we have hit the ground running training up over 380 TY Students as coaches. The course is currently running in schools in the following counties: Cavan, Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Longford, Mayo Roscommon and Wicklow. We have many more schools lined up for the New Year!
TY Volley is a Transition Year Volleyball programme for girls and boys. The students are trained up as volleyball coaches and deliver a 6-week introduction game to younger students. The TY leaders then organise and run a blitz at the end of the programme for all the students they have coached.
What are the benefits?
There are two options for the TY Programme.
OPTION 1: SPIKEBALL IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS
OPTION 2: MIDI-VOLLEYBALL WITH 1ST OR 2ND YEARS
If you are interested in the programme or are looking for some more information please contact Jessie, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The East League took place over the weekend of the 7th & 8th December. Day one was played in Portmarnock Community School. All 6 teams played in a round-robin with the final round continuing on the 8th.
By the end of Day 1, the top 3 teams were Balbriggan 2 and MGL who were on the same points with a game left to play against each other. 3rd place was tight between Balbriggan 1 and TUD-CC. Balbriggan needed a set, TUD-CC needed a win in their head-to-head. DKIT 1 & 2 had both secured their places in the shield finals for day 2.
The morning of day 2 opened with some very exciting games, TUD-CC vs Balbriggan 1, MGL vs Balbriggan 2 and DKIT 1 vs DKIT 2. The winner of TUD-CC vs Balbriggan 1 would guarantee them a place in the cup finals. After a close game it was one set all, however Balbriggan just needed one set to see them through. By the end of the morning the groups were determined.
The Cup - Balbriggan 2, MGL & Balbriggan 1
The Shield - TUD-CC, DKIT 1 & DKIT 2
Day 2 continued with The Shield TUD-CC and DKIT 1 had the same points but was enough for them to go through to the final. The teams played each other twice already with the results split to one set each, each time they played so was very even match. In the final DKIT found another gear and beat the defending champions 2-0.
After the shield came the cup finals which were closely contested as the difference between being in the finals or not were a matter of sets and points difference. The group finished with MGL topping it, Balbriggan 2 coming 2nd and Balbriggan 1 finishing 3rd.
The final was between MGL and Balbriggan 2. This game was as close as they come! The first set MGL took it 25-20, Balbriggan 2 took the second set, 27-25 to bring it to the decider. The final set was exciting, passionate and down to the wire. Balbriggan dug deep to win it 15-12.
A big thank you to the teams who played and to those who refereed and scored.
Volleyball Ireland hosted its first International Youth event over the weekend in Gormanston College.
The ‘Friendship Tournament’ featured the Danish club Farum & Halte, as well as teams representing East and West Ireland, as well as representative sides from the Northern Ireland Volleyball Association. In total, over 180 players descended on County Meath for a weekend of 5set matches, training and coach knowledge transfer. The aim of the event is to help young players learn, grow and develop in a supportive and positive International environment.
The action began on Friday evening with team training, followed by competitive games on the Saturday, social entertainment during the evening and on Sunday morning a chance to play Sitting Volleyball and be coached by leaders from other teams – this gave coaches a great chance to share ideas, concepts and philosophies. For the Danish team the Friday included a sightseeing trip in Dublin City, and of course a visit to the Viking Splash Tour!
Jessica Panke Wagner of Farum & Halte VC said, "The event was a perfect mix of serious volleyball, social activities and fun, in a setting with great facilities in the Gormanston Sports Complex. We had 30 boys and girls from 11 to 15 years of age attending across our youth teams, who all have returned with memories that will last them a lifetime."
Conor Flood, Volleyball Ireland’s development officer who led the project added, “it was a fantastic weekend of Volleyball with a great energy and buzz. We really wanted to give young players a taste of a weekend competition and what it’s like to play against international teams. The feedback has been excellent and we will grow the concept next year opening up entries to other club teams from across Europe. The friendly nature of the event meant coaches were sharing ideas and philosophies and hopefully taking this back to their clubs to help improve Volleyball for everyone – that’s what it’s all about.”
All players and coaches stayed in on-site accommodation for two nights, helping them become familiar with a standard setup for International tournaments. General Manager of Volleyball Ireland Gary Stewart added, “One of the learnings from our entry in the u16 CEV Zonal competition earlier this year was that our players need more experience before they play internationally, as for a teenager it can be quite daunting. The idea behind this is to help them become familiar with a trip away.”
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Farum & Halte Volleyball Club and Irish native Dave Colgan for their support getting the event off the ground. Details on the 2020 event will be announced shortly.
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce the successful acquisition of 35,000 Euro of funding to support inclusion programmes.
The grant is routed from the Dormant Accounts fund through Sport Ireland and signifies the progress the Association are making with inclusion programmes. The funding will help kick start a Sitting Volleyball programme for people with physical disabilities. As well as a new Chair Volley programme for children and adults with more profound disabilities. The exciting Chair Volley initiative aims to work with community centres and service providers to create a network of Chair Volley activity and ultimately a National Chair Volley Championship.
Volleyball Ireland GM Gary Stewart said, "We are very grateful to Minister Ross and Griffin and the team at Sport Ireland for supporting our application. We are looking to work with a range of partners to ensure that there is a Volleyball programme for everyone in Ireland, regardless of physical ability."
The project will also help clubs that are located in areas of disadvantage establish youth sections. The support will include equipment, coach education and club development resources.
If anyone clubs are interested in participating in this scheme please make contact with email@example.com
You may have seen that we have secured the services of internationally renown Youth Volleyball Coach Kristof De Loose to deliver the next Coaching Masterclass event. There are only a small number of places left. This is not to be missed.
The Belgian comes with an incredible reputation as one of the most advanced development coaches in Europe, and signifies an unrivalled opportunity for Irish Coaches to learn from the very best.
De Loose currently works as Director of Sports Training for Volley Vlaanderen (VV). He is responsible for all of the Volleyball coaching courses organised in the Flanders region and has been involved in coaching Volleyball at the youth, junior and senior level for more than 20 years. Moreover, he is a lecturer at the Flemish Coaching School, a Start2Volley (the youth programme of Volley Vlaanderen) trainer, as well as a member of the Youth Committee at Volley Vlaanderen.
De Loose works for the Confederation de Europeene Volleyball as a Coach tutor and recently delivered a high quality workshop at the CEV Coaches convention in Slovenia this Summer.
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from the very best.
Date: Thurs 12th December
Venue: Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena, Dublin
Content: The session will be a mix of theory and practical work with a focus on youth development
Cost: VI Registered Coaches FREE, Non VI Members €10
Booking: Through Go Membership > https://volleyballireland.azolve.com/Workbench.mvc/Show/6?ref=5A9AEC338EFDAD57EC7A0296FC94BB91D75DEE36
The DIVA Applications will be closing very soon!
Don’t miss this brilliant opportunity for you and your college to participate in Volleyball Irelands very exciting brand new DIVA programme. The DIVA programme is aimed at recruiting Female College Students to become Volleyball Activators.
Developing, Inspiring, Volleyball, Activators or ‘DIVA’ is funded through the Sport Ireland Women in Sport Programme. It will support your students develop leadership skills and establish social volleyball classes within your institution. For many Activators, it will be the first step on the Coaching and Leadership ladder.
Whilst the programme is initially aimed at recruiting female leaders, the Activators will then deliver recreational and social volleyball to all students. We are actively looking for Students and Colleges that may wish to promote Sitting Volleyball – which is designed for people with a physical disability or mobility issues.
We hope this programme will lead to increased participation, engagement and activity within College life.
As part of the programme, we are actively looking for Students, Colleges and Third Level institutions to help bring the initiative to life. If you are interested in supporting this unique programme or would like to become a DIVA. Please contact Jessie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Thursday 28th November in Maynooth University the SSI Volleyball League came to an end. 6 games were all showcased on Volleyball Ireland Facebook page for Students, Friends and Families to see the league Semi-Finals & Finals.
In the Women's Semi Finals TCD & NUI Galway dismissed Maynooth & UCC quite convincingly.
TCD then showed why they are strong Premier Women's team in the National League with a dominant 2-0 win over NUI Galway.
On the Men's side RCSI defeated IT Carlow easily while TU Dublin City Campus were dumped out by Galway Mayo IT in the game of the day.
Galway Mayo IT just didn't seem to get going in the final which enabled RCSI to take home the Men's League trophy for 2019/20.
All finalists have received entry to the 2019/20 Championships which will take place in Gormanston Park on Saturday February 29th & Sunday March 1st for what is said to be an amazing weekend of volleyball.
This years Championship Finals will be held in Gormanston on the weekend of the Championships, differently than in 2018/19 when they were part of the Finals Weekend.
FULL SSI Semi-Final / Final Result
Women’s Semi-Final 1 - Trinity College Dublin 2-0 Maynooth University
Women’s Semi-Final 2 - NUI Galway 2-1 University College Cork
Women’s Final - Trinity College Dublin 2-0 NUI Galway
Men’s Semi-Final 1 - RCSI 2-0 IT Carlow
Men’s Semi-Final 2 - TU Dublin City Campus 1-2 Galway Mayo IT
Men’s Final - RCSI 2-0 Galway Mayo IT
As part of National Accessibility Week, South Dublin County Sports Partnership and South Dublin County Council organised a Disability Sports Expo showcasing different disability sports and how mainstream sports can be adapted to include people with disabilities. Volleyball Ireland were invited along to deliver fun taster sessions showing how they adapt their sessions to be more inclusive.
The first session was with a group of adults with intellectual disabilities from local disability services. The group really enjoyed their introduction to Volleyball. They were shown the Dig, Volley and the Spike with the Spike being a fan favourite! We also had a very exciting game. We used beach balls and balloons to adapt the sport so everyone could take part.
The second session of the day was with a group of college students. The students are in their first year studying Sports Science and Health in TUDublin Tallaght Campus. They were introduced to our fast-paced game of Sitting Volleyball. The group first had to learn how to move while sitting down, then we went straight into a game using a beach ball. After this the students were shown each of the Volleyball skills and the drills that we use for Sitting Volleyball. They had great fun learning the skills, we finished off with one very competitive game.
If you would like more information about how to adapt volleyball for someone with a disability please contact Jessie at email@example.com
The CEV schools project returned to Cork this December bringing more new schools with more new players into volleyball. The 6 week project began at the end of October with an introductory teacher training day. This built a base knowledge and allowed the schools to spent the next 5 weeks preparing their students for the fun blitzes scheduled for December 3rd and 4th in Father Mathews Arena, Cork.
A total of 250 primary students and over 100 post primary students will participate over the two days. The event will mean schools can compete at a similiar beginner level and have challenging games through a fun and relaxed environment.
The project is closely linked with the now well estabilished Cork club Netforce VC. The newly formed junior section will help these students have an avenue to volleyball they can seek out after school is over to continue their development within the game. Schools will also be assisted into Volleyball Ireland's national school competitons starting early in 2020. The real success story being Walterstown national school who started their volleyball journey at this same event last year then making it all the way to an incredible National semi final.
We would like to thank Cork sports partnership in working together with us on this venture and in particular James Kirby who has been a direct link and promoter of the project for the last two years. We have grown from 120 primary students to an incredible 250 in just one short year. It's exciting to see where we go next!
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to be working with Student Sport Ireland on a range of initiatives that will see a closer link between the two sporting bodies. More details will be announced in due course but the first event is the production of the SSI League Finals in Maynooth today (Thurs 28th).
Volleyball Ireland will be streaming the event live on our YouTube Channel.
The event kicks off at 1030am with Trinity College Dublin taking on Maynooth in the first Women's semi final before NUI Galway entertain Uniiversity College Cork.
In the Men's draw RCSI take on IT Carlow before TU Dublin take on Galway Mayo IT.
Women’s Semi-Final 1
10.30am Trinity College Dublin v Maynooth University
Women’s Semi-Final 2
12pm NUI Galway v University College Cork
Men’s Semi-Final 1
1.30pm RCSI v IT Carlow
Men’s Semi-Final 2
3pm TU Dublin City Campus v Galway Mayo IT
SSI/VI Cup Draws
Immediately After Men’s Semi-Final 2
5pm Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2
6pm Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2
Bookings are now open for the Intl Coaching Masterclass event with Belgian Kristof de Loose. Kristof is a globally recognised expert in Youth Volleyball Coaching and we strongly recommend that anyone interested in Volleyball Coaching should attend.
Date: Thurs Dec 12
Venue: Sport Ireland Indoor Arena, Dublin
Cost: Free for VI members
Booking; Now via Go Membership. https://bit.ly/2Do1vlE
As part of a new feature to promote our International Squads, we are hosting a series of Interviews with players from our Junior, Senior and Beach Teams. First up we have the captain of the Women's u17 team Maria Jones. Maria also plays School Volleyball for Colaiste Mhuire in Ennis and National League with the Munster Thunder.
Representing Ireland Maria has visited the Faroe Islands, Sardinia and Copenhagen this year alone...
So Maria, you’ve been all over Europe this year playing Volleyball. How did you find the experience?
I found the experience incredible I enjoyed every second of it. Over the last two years I’ve made the best friends from all over the country and I will always be grateful for the opportunities and experiences I had with them. We are such a tight knit team which made it all that bit more fun for us. We trained really really hard and worked so much to get where we are and I’m so proud of what we achieved as a team.
I imagine, you’ve made some great friends playing Volleyball in Faroe Islands, Sardinia and Denmark – what is the camaraderie like in the u17 girls team?
Like I said we are such a tight knit bunch and we’re always the loudest and definitely the most social in every tournament we went to, we might not have won but we will always be remembered by the other teams for the friendships we made with them. We have made friends and contacts with players really from all over the continent!
What was the highlight of the Intl season for you?
I think the highlight of the season for me was winning against Iceland in Faroe Islands, I remember one of our coaches Jenny king crying tears of joy after that match and that honestly was the greatest part of it all.
What is the best part of playing Volleyball for Ireland?
I think the fact that your representing your country is a huge honor and wearing the flag on the jersey means a lot to everyone on the team, it’s something that none of us take lightly and we try to represent Ireland as well as we can always.
What did it feel like to win that final point against Iceland and clinch a first Intl victory?
Everyone involved that day was so hyped up and so focused on the task at hand. Everyone played their best that day, it was amazing. We were all really in the zone, we were able to put good scoring streaks together and we were very confident receiving serve. The last point was so exciting and the reactions of the coaches was the most rewarding part because of all the work Gianni, Teresa and Jenny put in behind the scenes. We felt that although we had put in good performances against the other teams, the win proved we could compete and it was a relief after all the hard work. We had all spent basically all our Christmas Holidays in training camp, with our coaches giving up so much of their time it was a great reward.
What are your ambitions in the future playing Volleyball?
We all have different ambitions for our futures, some girls would love to play abroad for university but in the short term future we all plan on playing all season with our schools and clubs and then see what is in store for us internationally. I am lucky in that I have such great coaches both at school and club so myself and the girls locally here in Ennis are just going to soak up as much advice and skills as we can and try to constantly raise our game.
How are your preparations for the new club and school season coming along?
Well myself and all the girls are all in different schools and clubs and we are all training super hard for the oncoming season so it will be very interesting to meet each other on different teams in school and club events.
Have you learnt much through this experience?
Yes I have learned so much over the past year and a bit. We have all grown so much as a team and as individuals. We have gained confidence and learned that hard work and what you put into things you will get out.
What advice would you give to younger players who are making their way in Volleyball?
Try to go to as many training sessions as you can, play with older and more experienced players as much as possible, and listen to what coaches are saying to you always. Believe and aim high!
Thanks Maria and good luck for the coming season!
Recreational volleyball is well and truly up and running for 2019-2020!
The West Rec. Final played out on October 5th in Loughrea, Galway was another successful tournament with new teams full of younger players making their first appearance this year.
The winners Serve-Ivors took the cup while Claremorris once again retained the shield.
Our South Rec has just commenced with an increase of 11 to 17 teams this year, with Cork club Net Force hosting the event last weekend. The competition is going from strength to strength with once again new clubs emerging like Cork Diggers and Youghal VC in action. Both Day 1 in the cup and shield are finished and we are looking forward to the final days in both competitions.
Impact VC leading the cup while newly established club Youghal VC head the shield event. Cup final will be played on December 7th in CIT while the shield will get us underway for 2020 on January 11th once again in CIT, Cork.
The Recreational Tournaments provide a great stepping stone from Social Volleyball to National League Competition, or simply a fun sporting day out. In 2018 the numbers of Recreational Players doubled to over 300, and that looks like increasing again.
For any teams out there looking for some fun alternatives and wishing to give recreational volleyball a go, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We will have more events scheduled in the new year catering for various levels and ages of all players.
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