The progress report will become a quarterly update on Volleyball activities highlighting some of the key achievements we are making against our Strategic Plan – Raising the Game. This edition covers 2019 to date.
The last nine months have been incredibly busy as we launched a new Strategy, kicked off an Inclusion plan, held an EGM and an AGM, delivered an Olympic Qualifier and adopted a new Constitution. We also held a record breaking awards evening with over 220 guests. We’ve also:
•Hosted the CEV Continental Cup Beach Volleyball Tournament
•Launched the first National Volleyball League for Junior Players, now at u16 & u18 ages
•Launched new four-year Strategic Plan
•Adopted a new Constitution and Governance rules
•Delivered of first Performance Camp for Beach Volleyball Players
•Competed in 2 x CEV European Zonal Championships
•Increased Grant acquisitions to develop new and innovative projects such as the Women in Sport DIVA programme
•Launched an Inclusion plan and Sitting Volleyball strategy
Behind the scenes we are supporting clubs attain ClubMark status and have rolled out a number of programmes to help develop youth sections for our clubs, including the CEV Schools Project. We have introduced the first Coaching Masterclass series which will see Volleyball coaches learn from each other at workshops across the country. On this we have secured the services of Kristof de Loose – a world class development coach to deliver the next Coaching Masterclass event on December 12th. Do not miss it.
And of course, we hosted the CEV Continental Cup – an event which really raised the profile of the sport in Ireland.
I would like sincerely thank all the volunteers that supported the event. As the Newstalk Radio show Off the Ball said, “It was a magical weekend and an incredible sight.” But could not have been possible without the 50+ volunteers that gave up their time for Volleyball. I think it really shows what can be achieved with ambition, hard work and everyone pulling together.
Included in this update are the results of our first Stakeholder survey which we rolled out in Spring. This will be used to benchmark our performance as a National Federation and it will help inform action plans to improve your experience of Volleyball in Ireland. Thanks to those that took the time to give us great, honest and invaluable feedback.
I hope you enjoy reading about our progress and the progressive strides we are making for the Irish Volleyball Community.
Grainne Culliton. President