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/
Link to Gallery > will follow.
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.