Volleyball Ireland’s annual report for the 2022/23 season shows a 41% increase in licensed player participation, versus the 2021/22 season. The comprehensive report also highlights a number of achievements including:
• Increased the number of u18 players +42%
• Increased revenues by +47%
• Increased our spending, leading to a deficit (4k) for the first time in years
• Improved our Net Promoter Score by 1pt
• Provided more support to our National Teams
• Enhanced and shaped the development centre system
• Won our first international Youth Beach Volleyball medal
• Developed a partnership with the Italian Federation
• Expanded the National League for adults and children
• Supported our clubs with unprecedented funding (100k+)
Development work, especially with a focus on youth has driven much of the participation growth as u16 Boys National League and Cups were launched, a new Men’s Development League was created 34 teams attended the first youth championships weekend.
Presenting on membership growth Volleyball Ireland CEO, Gary Stewart noted, “An integral part of our inclusive vision statement is to celebrate and promote our diversity. We now have 77 different nationalities represented across our membership (+10), thanks to our social volley programmes and the work clubs are doing participation at all levels in growing.”
Volleyball Ireland President Clodagh NicCanna presented an overview of the Board’s work in the year and said, “In contrast to my first covid-hit year, this season has been hugely successful. We are celebrating a brilliant first ever Grand Finals, we saw the return of the prestigious Association Cup and the action-packed Championships weekend, and we had a record-number of guests at the Annual Awards Evening. The Board have been hard at work and spent an enormous amount of their energy and expertise devising our new strategic plan. ‘Feel the Buzz’ is unique in Irish sport as it focusses purely on our members, on you. The whole community has contributed to its development, and I can’t wait to see the impact it will have on our game.”
The report was presented at the 2023 Annual General Meeting at Maynooth’s Glenroyal Hotel, where DVC’s Doris Enright was elected as Treasurer. No nominations were received from clubs for the vacant ordinary board member position, and as such the position will be re-advertised. Earlier that day the Development team of Conor Flood and Amanda Burgio delivered a brilliant Women in Volleyball Conference with high quality presenters Hannah Craig OLY, Hannah Thornton and Lisa Clancy.
Read a copy of the Annual Report here > 2022-23 Season Annual Report