Pairs Announced for Small Countries Beach Event
The Irish teams entering this weekends Small Countries Association Zonal Event have been named, with 3 of Ireland’s players from the CEV Continental Cup retaining their places.
Veteran Miriam Gormally will pair up with the impressive Alex Graves who will be looking to build on her successful debut performance in Bettystown. The experience pair are seeded joint second in the tournament behind heavy favourites Lynn Beattie and Mel Coutts who are representing the host nation.
The next two pairs are all made up of players who represent both Indoor and Outdoor formats of the game with Marie-Claire Sobogal, Fiona Lamont, Roisin Roantree and Regina Halpin making the trip to Perth, Scotland for the event. Roantree and Halpin will be the second game on court when they take Northern Ireland rivals Rachel Montgomery and Sarah Scott.
The final pairing sees UCD’s Emily Frazell and a returning Orla Lynch joining forces. They will face a tough battle early on against the highly rated Cypriot sisters Katerina and Anastasia Kiasoumi.
The team will be coached by Luciana Hollanda.
Team 1: Miriam Gormally & Alex Graves
Team 2: Marie-Claire Sobogal & Fiona Lamont
Team 3: Roisin Roantree & Regina Halpin
Team 4: Emily Frazell & Orla Lynch
Follow the fixtures and results here > https://www.cev.eu/beach/Perth.html
Volleyball Ireland will host a Grade 3 Referee Course on Saturday 21st of September at The National In Sport Ireland Campus, Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.
The course will run from 9.30am to 6:30pm and will cost €50 for waged and €45 for unwaged/students.
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The fee includes a Volleyball Ireland Referees Jumper and whistle subject to the below.
To help with the practical element of the course, we are looking for players to participate in some fun training matches during the day. This is a great chance to warm up ahead of the new season at a top quality Volleyball venue.
Players are required between 12:30 – 16:00, to confirm your attendance please contact Conor at email@example.com
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Volleyball Ireland is delighted to announce that €50,000 of funding has been secured from Sport Ireland to aid the development of new Women in Sport programmes.
The programme will see Volleyball Ireland Development Officers working with Affiliated Clubs and Third Level Colleges to develop an Activator programme targeted at recruiting female leaders.
In a club setting this will see participants provided with training, resources and the tools to develop Social Volley classes for adults, or new Youth sections for children. It is hoped this will be the first step in a pathway from participation to performance coaching and refereeing.
Working with Student Sport Ireland, the College based aspect of the programme will help promote Volleyball in third level institutions creating more opportunities for previously engaged school players to continue a pathway in the sport and to recruit new students to play Volleyball. This project will train up Student Leaders or 'DIVAS' who in turn will establish social volleyball classes in partnership with their college. A new Freshers and Beginners Volleyball competition will also be launched in the New Year."
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland, Gary Stewart said, "The aim is that our Women in Sport programme will get more existing female players activated as coaches and referees whilst also filling a gap in our participation pathway at College level. We presented a data-led application with the focus on narrowing the gap between the amount of male coaches and female coaches and officials actively involved in Volleyball. Whilst 65% of registered adult players are female, only 42% of coaches and 39% of referees are Women and that gap is far too big. This is an exciting programme that our Development team have created, and we expect it will have a positive impact for our clubs." More information on these programmes will be provided at the Club Development Conference on Saturday September 21st (register here).
Whilst the programme predominantly focuses on the Coaching & Officiating strand of the Women in Sport Policy, there will be a positive impact on Volleyball participation by way of developing the capacity of clubs and volunteers, this in turn will lead to more players for our member clubs.
Today’s announcement follows the publication of Sport Ireland’s new Policy on Women in Sport earlier this year. The policy builds on the significant work that has already been undertaken in this area within the sport sector to date, recognising the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of women through their involvement in sport.
The Policy on Women in Sport identifies Coaching & Officiating, Active Participation, Leadership & Governance and Visibility as four key target areas, with National Governing Bodies invited to apply for funding under these themes.
We've recently launched an equipment replacement programme for clubs, a school-club link initiative and now a support to help recruit new coaches and referees.
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank Sport Ireland for their continued support as well as Minister Shane Ross and Minister Brendan Griffin.
The most successful coach of recent times Fabio Tamborrini, has announced his resignation as National Team Women's Head Coach.
Fabio, who is relocating to Costa Rica, for work purposes leaves a legacy of victory in Irish Volleyball. His accolades include the historic Quadruple Double of League and Cup wins with Garda, Galway, DVC and UCD Volleyball Clubs.
Commenting on his resignation, Fabio said, "Winning a historic quadruple League and Cup in a row, was a very proud moment for me and something which I will always treasure. Working with the National Team has been a great honour and the time we’ve spent in the Faroe Islands and recently Luxembourg has been a highlight of my coaching career. Ireland has a bright Volleyball future and I wish you all the best as you continue your development."
Volleyball Ireland would like to put on record their appreciation of Fabio's work, commitment and culture of excellence he has created both within Irish Clubs and the National Team setup. The Board would like to wish Fabio all the best for his future endeavours and hope one day, to see Fabio playing a key role in Irish Volleyball again.
Six Directors of Volleyball Ireland were elected at the recent company AGM held at the Killeshin Hotel, Portloaise on Saturday June 29th.
Grainne Culliton was elected as President for a final term, along with Vice President Denise Tallon, Honorary Secretary Regina Halpin, Ordinary Board Members Aidan Curran and Jeff King, along with Independent Director Martina Ward-Clancy.
Volleyball Ireland are currently recruiting for a company Treasurer. If anyone with the necessary skill set is interested in the voluntary position please contact Gary Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on the role and time commitment involved.
Volleyball Ireland to receive Olympic Federation Funding!
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to receive €5,000 in funding from the Olympic Federation of Ireland’s Discretionary Support Fund. The grant will be focused on developing a performance pathway for Junior Beach Volleyball Players. The announcement was made by OFI President Sarah Keane at their AGM last week.
The funding will be used specifically to setup our first Junior High Performance Beach Camp, which will be held this July. The residential camp will run over 3 days from Thursday 19th – Saturday 21st July in Gormanston Park College, Co. Meath. With the Beach training element held at Bettystown Beach in Co. Meath. The camp will see International coaches and former professional tour players join forces with current Irish Internationals to deliver a range of sessions to develop the key skills of Beach Volleyball. The programme will focus on the transition from the familiar indoor court to help players adapt to the sand. The camp will look at the technical and tactical differences as well as the psychological elements of 2v2 gameplay.
Conor Flood, Player Pathway Coordinator said, “The performance camp is a really great first step to players wanting to give Beach Volleyball a go. We are establishing a proper pathway that will support players from schools participation to International competition. In Year 1, we are specifically looking for players that are playing high level school or National League Club Volleyball or are involved in underage indoor squads to take part. A full Youth Beach Tour will then begin next season with the best players forming an underage National Squad. The HP Commission is currently mapping out which Intl events to target so there is a real opportunity here for players to represent Ireland in Europe."
This is the first step in the creation of a National Junior Tour and underage Beach Volleyball National teams that will represent Ireland in CEV, FIVB and hopefully someday, Olympic standard tournaments. The camp is open to 12 boys and 12 girls aged between 14-18 years old.
The cost of the course is €50 pp which will include 2 nights Full Board Accommodation and 3 days of training and competition. Each player will also receive a small kit bag with training uniform. The camp is supervised at all times with Volleyball Ireland Garda Vetted staff overseeing the event and hosting the Residential element of the programme which will see boys and girls residing in different sections of Gormanston Park College.
More details on the finalised programme will be released in the coming days. As there are limited places we urge all interested players (and parents) to complete the initial application form (below). A more detailed Application and payment information will follow for those players accepted on to the course.
Make it Meath for International Beach Volleyball
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce that the Economic Development wing of Meath County Council are supporting the upcoming #RoadtoTokyo International Beach Volleyball Tournament which will be held at Bettystown Beach over the June Bank Holiday.
The partnership will see the Flavours of Boyne Valley and #MakeItMeath branding at the Continental Cup event which will be communicated to over 250,000 people across Europe and beyond. With teams coming from Slovakia, Lithuania, Denmark, Estonia, Scotland, Ukraine and the hosts Ireland, the tourism industry on the North East coast will gain International exposure.
Grainne Culliton, President of Volleyball Ireland said, “The Council have been incredibly supportive of this huge Volleyball event and we are delighted to be able to showcase Meath and the Boyne Valley to our guests and viewers. It is a spectacular region and the perfect location for Beach Volleyball. We are delighted local shops, restaurants and hotels are getting involved in the event, it’s been really positive working with the community of Laytown and Bettystown.”
Kevin Stewart, the Director of Services Planning, Enterprise & Environment commented, “Meath County Council is delighted to be associated with this prestigious international event. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Meath and the Boyne Valley for what is sure to be a great weekend of sport and enjoyment.” The event will also see school blitzes, teacher training and beginner classes for adults from Thursday onwards.
The matches feature both Men’s and Women’s pools with the winners in each progressing to the next stage of Olympic qualifying ahead of the Tokyo Games next Summer. It is one of the first team based Olympic qualifiers to be held in the country and the players can’t wait to get going. Marie-Claire Sobogal of the Women’s team added. “We’ve taken our National Tour event to Bettystown Beach for a few years now and it’s been a great place to play with quality sand and relatively sheltered by the spectacular sand dunes. There aren’t many better places to play Volleyball.”
The games will be on from 11am to 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday with come try it courts available and skills sessions for kids on across the weekend.
Volleyball Ireland will be announcing further event sponsors and a digital broadcast partner shortly.
Newbridge VC will host a Grade 3 Referee Course on Saturday 22nd of June at Holy Family Secondary School, Newbridge. The course will run from 9.30am to 5pm and will cost €50 for waged and €45 for unwaged/students.
The fee includes a Volleyball Ireland Referees Jumper and whistle subject to the below.
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce over €37,000 of funding has been acquired for clubs, through the Sports Capital Programme. The Equipment Only round of funding was announced today.
€20,500 has been acquired for a net & post replacement scheme which will upgrade club facilities around the country. General Manager for Volleyball Ireland Gary Stewart said, "The Net and Post replacement scheme will allow Volleyball Ireland to support proactive clubs that are in need or new equipment. Posts in particular are expensive and when in poor condition can be a real barrier to participation. I am delighted and grateful to the Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport for their support." Details on the application process for clubs to avail of this service will be announced in due course.
€3,500 has been acquired to fund the purchase of new portable Beach Volleyball nets that will help introduce a National Youth Tour later this year.
€3,150 will go towards providing training equipment for new clubs. Stewart added, "One of the main barriers to new clubs setting up is the cost of balls, and other training equipment. This element of the award with focus purely on helping new clubs establish themselves."
Volleyball Ireland submitted applications in partnership with a number of clubs. The following have been successful: Newbridge Volleyball Club are also celebrating as they bring in €5,350 for a wall mounted post system which will cater for the expansion of their successful youth section.
Tallaght Rockets will receive €3,150 for new posts and Santry will bring in €1,500 for equipment to aid their youth section. Dalkey Devils have attained €400 to help fund a Sitting Volleyball net as they develop an Inclusive section at the club.
Volleyball Ireland Board Member Aidan Curran said, "When we announced our Strategic Plan we said the focus would be on helping and supporting clubs and I hope this shows we mean business. The Post Replacement Scheme is really good idea and I hope it helps clubs grow their participation base. On behalf of the board I'd like to thank Minister Ross, Minister Griffin and the team at the DTTS."
Facility specific announcements are due later this year as Volleyball Ireland works with Dublin City Council to develop a permanent inland Beach Volleyball specific in Clontarf.
This new funding is another boost to Volleyball funding. In December it was announced that VI had acquired Dormant Accounts funding to support the development of Inclusion programmes (€30,000) and full funding for a graduate position (€23,000). VI also received a €15,000 increase to their Sport Ireland Core Grant in January and on Saturday evening it was announced that €13,000 had been received to develop an u16s Club Youth League. The organisation will shortly be announcing over €30,000 in support of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup which will be held in Bettystown over the June Bank Holiday.
The final preparations for the Continental Cup are taking shape and Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce our Celebrity hosts for the event.
James Tzanoudakis is a professional presenter, commentator and reporter at the BBC for 5 years before reporting at the Premier League for two years - covering Leicester City's title winning season. James has covered a range of sports and interviewed high profile athletes and football managers including Lewis Hamilton, Wayne Rooney and Gareth Southgate.
James commentated at the Rio 2016 Olympics, and presented volleyball at IBB Polonia London for the past two years, as well as various beach volleyball events across London.
Sabrina Stocker beat thousands of candidates to make it to the final 5 of last year's BBC1 Apprentice. She owns the UK's biggest tennis events company, and has worked as a presenter covering a range of sports including tennis where she has made some really exciting films, volleyball at IBB Polonia London, rugby and much more.
She has a huge social media following, with high levels of engagement, and is very influential in the business world.
Together they present their fortnightly Youtube channel called 15 Love.
Ireland finished 5th in the Confederation de Europeene Volleyball (CEV) Small Countries Association Championships this weekend, their highest finish in 15 years.
The Girls in Green were handed a tough draw which seen competitive defeats v the heavily fancied Faroe Islands (25-17, 25-16, 25-22) and eventual runners up Scotland (25-16, 25-18, 25-23). Ireland finished with a strong 3nil victory against Greenland to take 5th place (25-15, 25-23, 25-19), in Luxembourg.
A nervy start, gave the Faroes a quick lead as Ireland handed to debuts to Fiona Lamont, Emily Frazell & Alex Graves (all UCD). Ireland fought back but the strong Faroese kept Galway VC’s Olivia Molloy at bay, despite some hard hitting. The second set went much the same as the first before Ireland built a 4-1 lead in the third and ultimately final set. Newly qualified Irish resident Graves attacking from the Wing with some fierce spikes. It looked at one stage like Ireland would take the game to a fourth but the technical skills of semi professional Islanders proved decisive. The main difference between the two teams being the Faroe Islands Number 12 Sofia Purkhus – who was playing her first tournament since giving birth only 6 months ago.
After a midnight arrival and early morning start Ireland took to the court against a well drilled and experienced Scotland. Carly Donaghy of Santry VC was given her first cap in the middle. The 2nd set also saw the introduction of 16 year old Siofra Lawlor who plays her club Volleyball in Luxembourg. Lawlor, who is also a talented Cricketer wasn’t overawed by the occasion and set her first point with confidence as wing Eimear O’Neill (Uni. Cork & Naas VC) impressed. It was game on the in third with Aoibheann Cassidy (Naas, Pictured) controlling the middle. Ireland took a 19-16 lead in the third as hopes were raised – however Scotland’s experience showed as the clawed back to win by 2.
That result meant a 5/6th placed playoff V Greenland, whilst the Faroes lost out to Luxembourg in 5 sets. Scotland beat Northern Ireland, (25-11, 25-17, 25-13) to set up a thrilling final against the hosts, with the Red Lionesses eventually winning 3-1.
The final match saw Regina Halpin take the bulk of the setting duties as Marie-Claire Sobogal raced to Cologne to catch a flight to a Beach Camp ahead of the Continental Cup in Bettystown next month (June 1 and 2). The Galway native setting up some lovely scores for Molloy and Frazell. In the end the Irish were too strong for Greenland and claimed victory when Lawlor nailed an ace with her first serve of the match (25-15, 25-23, 25-18).
Head Coach Fabio Tamborrini said, “I am really proud of the way the girls committed to this competition. We are in the process of putting in place strong structures to develop our programme. We have improved greatly since the last competition and have earnt more points in this competition in about 15 years. This experience for our young team will make us stronger for the next event in two years time.”
All attention is now focused on Beach Volleyball as the Continental Cup Squads will be announced next week.
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank the Small Countries Association, CEV and the Federation of Luxembourg for putting on a great event, as well as Main team sponsor - WED Consulting.
You can still support the team via the crowdfunding page; https://www.pledgesports.org/projects/volleyball-european-challenge/
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With less than one month to go until our CEV Continental Cup we have put together some brief guidelines on how to arrive at Bettystown Beach to see our #RoadToTokyo Event
From Airport (32min)
Dublin Airport -> M1 (Gormanstown Road) -> Exit 7 -> R132 -> R150 -> Bettystown
From M4 (Kinnegad 1h 9min)
M4 to Dublin -> M50 (Northbound) -> M1 (Gormanstown Road) -> Exit 7 -> R132 -> R150 -> Bettystown
From M7 (Newbridge 1h 12min)
M7 to Dublin -> M50 (Northbound) -> M1 (Gormanstown Road) -> Exit 7 -> R132 -> R150 -> Bettystown
From M50 (Bray 59min)
M50 (Northbound) -> M1 (Gormanstown Road) -> Exit 7 -> R132 à R150 -> Bettystown
Matthews Bus Times for Dublin - Bettystown direct found here.
Irish Rail services from City Centre to Laytown can be found here.
Depart at Laytown for 2.6km walk to Bettystown Beach.
Volleyball Ireland are delighted to announce W.E.D Consulting Ltd as their main Women’s Team Sponsor for 2019.
The Dublin based consultancy firm specialises in cost management, quantity surveying, project management and specialist project control services on development and construction projects in Ireland and abroad. The partnership will see W.E.D Consulting become Team Ireland’s main sponsor for the Small Countries Association Championships which begin in Luxembourg today (FRIDAY MAY 10).
Kevin Murphy, Managing Director of W.E.D Consulting said, “We are thrilled to be involved with Volleyball Ireland in one of the most exciting team sports there is. We see great potential for the sport in Ireland and we look forward to supporting the development of Irish Volleyball at an International level in the years ahead. As a company involved in construction projects across the world we see where a team’s enthusiasm and energy are key to a projects success. We witnessed this enthusiasm and energy in the Women’s team during their preparation for this competition. We wish the team, and the wider Volleyball Ireland team, every success in exceeding their goals in the days and years ahead.”
Ireland kick off their campaign against the Faroe Islands 12 Midday Irish Time before taking on auld rivals Scotland at 5pm. The competition also sees Greenland, Northern Ireland and hot favourites Luxembourg competing. The games are streamed through the FLVB (Federation Luxembourg Volleyball) facebook page.
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland Gary Stewart, added “I’m delighted to have a WED in place as our Senior Team sponsor. We are putting in place development structures that will create a pathway from participation to performance but to do that needs support and having an Irish company providing that help is a key part of the jigsaw.”
Galway Volleyball Club’s Olivia Molloy is captaining the team and commented, “I’d like to personally thank Kevin and WED for their support. The girls will represent Ireland and WED with great pride over the coming days. We’ve prepared well all year and can’t wait to get going.”
It’s a big few weeks for Volleyball Ireland with the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup coming to Bettystown over the June Bank Holiday. Eight Teams from across Europe and competing with a main headline sponsor to be announced next week.
Individuals can still support the team through the Pledgesports crowdfunding page > https://www.pledgesports.org/projects/volleyball-european-challenge/
This weekend will see all eyes turn to The Watershed, Kilkenny for our annual Finals Weekend.
Due to our Womens National team participating in Luxembourg some games will be played in ALSAA on Saturday 18th of May.
The 2018/19 All-Star Nominees have been announced. Winners will be announced at The Annual Awards Dinner, Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown on Saturday May 18th 2019.
Tickets are still available through our online shop.
Eliska Cechova - Garda
Indre Simkute - Garda
Lauren Clark - UCD
Renata Paliokiene - DVC
Alex Graves - UCD
Fabi Souza - Naas
Ilaria Piacenza - Santry
Lina Dzurnak - DVC
Claudia Honorio - Santry
Jana Langford - DVC
Giedre Guobyte - Garda
Leanne Ricciardelli - DVC
Adriana Sacchetto - TCD
Zydre Guobyte - Garda
Adrian Pinczura - IT Carlow
Daniel Duchnowski - Santry
Edoardo Vero - UCD
Jonathan Whitty - DVC
Lucasz Kaluga - TRVC
Christian Kolb - UCD
Evgenii Menshchikov - TRVC
Jake Dysselhof - UCD
Seweryn Furmanski - Aer Lingus
Robert Maj - IT Carlow
Tomasz Kondys - IT Carlow
Israel Xavier - TRVC
Marco Zayas Arenales - Aer Lingus
Francesco Ricciardelli - DVC
Gianmaria Marcatelli - UCD
Pawel Kalaga - Santry
Rafal Kesik - TRVC
Winners are announce subject to fulfilling the criteria needed i.e., having played the required number of league matches.
Last week The Federation of Irish Sport announced the shortlist of finalists for the 2019 Sport Industry Awards. The awards were set up in 2015 to highlight the contribution that sport makes to Ireland’s economy both directly and indirectly. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 15th of April in the Crown Plaza Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. The Awards recognise and reward excellence in the business of sport, whilst simultaneously highlighting the contribution of sport to Ireland.
A women in sport award, under the banner of 20x20, will be a new addition to the award ceremony this year in a move towards showcasing the increasing contribution and value of women in sport in Ireland. In all a total of 14 awards will be distributed on the night, reflecting the diverse nature of Irish sport.
Speaking at the announcement of the short-list, Mary O’Connor, CEO, Federation of Irish Sport, said “The awards were set up to highlight the importance of the business of sport in Ireland and the value of sport to the Irish economy. Today sport supports almost 40,000 jobs, represents almost €2.4 billion in household expenditure and has been estimated to contribute almost €1.9 billion in tourism revenue. And that is beyond all of the other contributions sport makes in areas such as health, inclusivity, diversity and reputation both at home and abroad.”
Nominated for the 20x20 Award are;
Volleyball Ireland will be hosting Round 1 of the CEV Continental Cup a Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifier tournament over the June (1-2nd) bank holiday weekend in Bettystown.
Teresa Court has volunteered as Referee Manager, to be a part of this amazing opportunity and to help Volleyball Ireland make this an event that Ireland can be proud of.
She will be working with the CEV Referee Delegate in gathering together an amazing team of volunteers who can assist in the following roles: Referees; Score keepers and Lines people, preferably who have a knowledge of beach volleyball through refereeing or as an experienced beach player or current volunteer.
We are hosting a Training Programme over the weekend of 26/28 April, starting with a presentation, webinar and theory training which will be delivered by the CEV's Referee delegate, followed by practical beach referee training sessions on beach courts on the Saturday and Sunday (27-28 April).
Friday, 26th April: National Sports Campus 18:00 - 21:00
Saturday, 27th April: Sandymount Beach 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday, 28th April: Sandymount Beach 11:00 - 14:00
Could you please reply directly to email@example.com if you are willing to volunteer and help Ireland host these beach qualifier matches and help make a name for the Emerald Isle in the international volleyball community?
Please respond at your earliest convenience so we can confirm numbers for the upcoming training programme to the CEV.
PS: A few points to note:
- As a volunteer there will be no compensation forthcoming should you offer up your time over the course of the event. Food and refreshments will be provided to all volunteers over the course of the event.
- If you have any questions, concerns, comments or opinions (positive or negative) please direct them to VI or myself and it would be greatly appreciated if all volunteers would refrain from using social media in any negative manner. You're representing Ireland and that's what your posts will be viewed as from the wider international volleyball communities. Let's grow the sport and encourage further support and investment from CEV and FIVB into Irish volleyball.
The 2018/19 Season Volleyball Ireland Annual Awards has 5 new categories.
We are rewarding, celebrating and promoting the great work our clubs provide. All Fully affiliated clubs, associate clubs or schools can enter.
The closing date for applications is 12 Midday on Monday April 22nd. Shortlisted clubs will be notified on Thursday April 25th.
The categories specifically relate to the Strategic Objectives set out in the Volleyball Ireland Strategy – Raising the Game.
The judging panel will look favourably on applications that tell a positive story. Pictures and videos that support applications will be welcomed.
Send your entries via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Awards Entry. Word count: MAX 500.
Raising Participation – best programmes or projects to get more people playing more often.
This award shall reward a group that has raised participation in any form of Volleyball. We are particularly looking for clubs, schools, colleges or community groups that have established effective partnerships to increase their numbers and/or provide activity for people from disadvantaged groups.
Raising Operational Standards – best effective governance of a club.
This award shall reward a club that has shown commitment to good governance. This could include how a club has adopted GDPR related policies or put together a fit-for-purpose constitution. It may be a project, process or programme that ensures transparency with members.
Raising Performance – best initiatives to support player, coach or referee development.
This award shall reward a club or school that has shown clear commitment to supporting player, coach or referee development. This could be how they are up-skilling coaches or mentoring young referees. This could be a school that is going above and beyond to support the pathway and help players reach their potential.
Raising the Profile – Best use of social media to promote your club or volleyball in general.
The award shall reward a club or community group that is publishing creative content that positively promotes Volleyball. This could be how they are implementing a digital strategy to increase their followers and ultimately raise participation in the sport.
Fundraising and Finance – Best initiative to generate sustainable income for your club.
This award shall reward groups that have increased club revenues. Did you setup a fundraising committee or run a creative sponsorship campaign? Did you develop an exciting programme that gained financial support from a Local Sports Partnership or other grant? Did you develop a benefit-in-kind agreement with a supplier? Did you come up with a creative way to save money?
The Volleyball Ireland Volunteer of the Year Award recognises the outstanding achievements of a volunteer who has substantially contributed to developing, enhancing and sustaining volleyball in Ireland during the year.
Nominations are open to:
All Volunteers within schools, clubs or the general volleyball community.
Nominees must have demonstrated measurable evidence of developing, enhancing and sustaining volleyball in Ireland.
Provide up to 500 words outlining the suitability of the nominee covering the following headings:
Would you like to be involved in this "first ever of its kind" event for Ireland,with teams from 6 countries around Europe as well as Ireland?
We are looking for enthusiastic energetic volunteers to help with court set-up, transport, volunteers and team services, beach management services and spectator services.
If interested, please email email@example.com by the 5th April, confirming where you live and if you have any restrictions on what you would be able to do, so that we can allocate you to the perfect role.
Referee Pamela O’Donnell is currently one of a select number of referees officiating in the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Pam is kindly providing regular updates on her experiences throughout the event.
Day 7 was Bronze Medal day with some fantastic Volleyball on show - many of the matches went the full three sets which meant referee concentration had to high throughout.
After the bronze medal matches it was on to the 'Unified Games' - this is where all players, coaches and celebs mixed in and represent various teams. Vladimir Grbic - a friend of Volleyball Ireland - participated in his role as a Special Olympics Ambassador. The Unified part of the Special Olympics was great fun.
The final day of competition was of course the Gold Medal matches. Again as throughout the week the standard was very high. There were 9 Gold Medal matches in total with 4 in Unified, 3 Traditional Men and 2 Unified Women. Taking home the gold were USA, South Korea, Jamaica, Tanzania, Russia, UAE, Nigeria, Botswana and Peru - so as you can see champions from around the World.
Abu Dhabi put on a magical show - it was really a brilliantly ran event that will leave a positive legacy here in the Middle East. The Irish team have performed well across all sports ending up with 86 medals of which 30 were Gold.
I'll get one day of rest before heading back to Dublin with Team Ireland on Friday morning.
The last few days have seen the seeding rounds completed for all 32 teams. There has been some excellent Volleyball on display which is testament to the tireless work of volunteers and coaches across each Special Olympics Federation. The competition has been very strong.
There has been some very close contested matches as we head into the Bronze Medal Matches today (March 19th) and Gold Medal Games tomorrow.
I've had the pleasure of working with some old friends from the 2003 World Games in Ireland, as well as some new acquaintances. My referee crew for one of the games featured Daniel Leake (USA), Jordan Leake (USA), Charles Wambua (Kenya), Kristine Hughes (Special Olympics Athlete Official and Rick Laskey (USA). Those who remember the event in 2003 will recognise Daniel and Rick. Daniel is the technical delegate for the Volleyball Games and Rick is Head of the Divisioning Games. I had the pleasure of refereeing Jamaica v Japan with Rick over the weekend. Sunday was extra special as I got to wear my Green Irish Jersey on Paddy's Day!
Team Ireland are performing really well in range of sports which has seen 20 Gold medals so far and 56 in total coming back home. There's still more to come!!
Day 1 & 2
The Special Olympics World Games welcomes 7,500 athletes from 200 countries making it the biggest humanitarian sporting event in the world ever! Over 20,000 volunteers are making the Games a reality.
There are 24 sports and 8 days of competition held in the middle East. The Volleyball element features 32 teams of which 17 are unified Men, 6 unified Women and 9 traditional male teams.
The Venue for the Volleyball event is the stunning Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC). It is the main hub of sports activities during the games and will host 10 sporting events. It’s the largest exhibition centre in the Middle East – and these guys don’t do small!
My role for the first two days is part of the ‘Divisioning Team’ which is done by all experiences of Special Olympics Referees. The job is to watch every match for all teams to assess ball handling, serving, court awareness and net play. The aim here is to assess each team and place them into pools of evenly aligned teams ahead of the ‘completion rounds’.
It’s been great to catch up with some faces from the 2003 World Games in Ireland, such as the Technical Delegate Daniel Leake who was Assistant TD 16 years ago in Dublin. I also met Head of Divisioning Rick Laskey (pictured) who has fond memories of Ireland 2003.
Team Ireland features the biggest ever delegation of our Athletes with 91 competitors, 49 coaches/staff and 400 supporters making the journey.
More info on the World Games can be found at https://www.abudhabi2019.org/ and keep an eye on Special Olympics Ireland’s social media and website for updates http://specialolympics.ie/
--- Pam will be providing more updates over the coming days.
EARLY BIRD SALE ends Monday 1st April.
This years awards will be held in Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown and are priced at Early Bird €35 (Available until 1st April 2019) and €45 after.
We have reserved a number of rooms at a discounted rate and are available until 12 noon on the 24th April 2019. To book contact Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown Reservations team directly on 01 897 7721 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (Quote Volleyball Awards when booking).
Room Packages are;
Over 70 brand new players from across Ireland are set to play in the Volleyball Ireland Championships this weekend.
The competition is open to all Recreational teams and is a key part of the participation pathway. The event sees the Recreational league teams go up against National League teams in the 44 team Men's, Women's and Mixed competitions.
Operations Officer Mark Leonard-Doyle commented, "The Championships is a great way for Rec teams to measure themselves against National League teams. It's a stepping stone into more regular competition. To have 70 completely new players register is fantastic and really shows the demand for Volleyball. It's always great fun as well, especially the mixed event."
The Women's section will see the Ireland u16s girls team compete in their first event since beating Iceland in the Faroe Islands last month.
The games are held over two days at Gormanston Park on Saturday and ALSAA on Sunday. Volleyball Ireland would like to thank all volunteers, referees and commissions for their contribution in organising the bumper weekend of Volleyball action!
Volleyball Ireland are seeking expressions of interest from high standard players who might be interested in representing their nation in Snow Volleyball. Snow Volleyball is very similar to Beach, except players typically wear more clothes...a lot more!! Oh and there's 3 players per team...with the option of one sub as well.
It's a developing discipline of the game which is getting great support from the CEV and FIVB. They have a couple of events coming up in Austria 28-31 March and Italy 4-7th April. Participation in these events would be funded by the player. More info on the events visit > https://www.cev.eu/SnowVolley-Area/CompetitionNews.aspx?NewsID=28492&ID=1136
It could be a perfect opportunity for the Summer Volleyballer and Winter Snowboarder to combine their skills. For more info on snow volleyball rules visit > https://ebook.cev.eu/documents/snow_volleyball/rules_regulations_guidelines/cev_snowvolleyball_rules.pdf
If you would like to hear more drop Gary Stewart an email at email@example.com
The 2019 National Beach Volleyball Trials are happening on March 17th at Greystones Beach. All interested players must hold a valid Irish Passport. We are entering a range of International Competitions this year including the CEV Continental Cup - the first stepping stone on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Sunday March 17, 2019:
If you fancy giving it a go please email our Beach Commission direct firstname.lastname@example.org