Santry Volleyball Club were presented with the Bronze Clubmark Award at the AGM in May 2018. Gary Stewart presented the award which was accepted by Heloise on behalf of the club and committee. The committee worked tirelessly over a couple of months to implement policies and procedures, develop their coaches, referees and volunteers and also created a 3 year development plan to grow the club further. Here's what Dovile Janusauskaite, Chairperson of Santry VC said about the programme and experience.
"Our experience with the Clubmark Programme is certainly more than positive! Perfect guidelines that are easy to follow and a lot of material available that helped us to go through the process swiftly and with a minimum effort required. It allowed us to identify gaps and have effective plans in place for further Santry VC club development. A special thank you to Norma for her super guidance and all the hand holding that helped us to achieve results to date. We hope that individuals and Santry VC as a club will grow more in coming years!"
VI Clubmark Programme is designed to support and develop clubs in various areas. The programme rewards those who meet the minimum standards set and encourages clubs to continually develop. The VI provide support and resources to ensure clubs are on the right track towards accreditation.
Below are the areas that the club will have to meet the minimum standards
The programme aims to help clubs improve their club structure and ensure formalities and policies are in place. As well as the opportunity for volunteers to begin the referee and coaching pathway. The programme covers a lot of important areas within clubs (including legal requirements such as Garda Vetting and Children Safety) and once completed will ensure clubs are up-to-date and in a strong and sustainable position. Clubs will be given access to the Clubmark Dropbox where they will be able to download templates and view other resources which will guide them. VI recommend that existing and new clubs use the programme as a check-list.
Do you want to be the next Bronze Accredited Clubmark Club?
Contact Norma on 086 817 3990 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
An Irish Volleyball team will compete in the European Championships for the first time.
In January 2019, a 12-strong Girls U16 squad will head to the Faroe Islands to compete against Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and the hosts for a place in the main draw of the prestigious Confederation of European Volleyball (CEV) Championships. This is the first time in history an Irish youth team has entered an International Governing Body event – and is testament to the strides Volleyball Ireland are making in youth development.
The National Squad programme was the brainchild of coaches Gianni Massa and Jenny King – a former Irish International herself – who setup the programme three years ago to develop the next generation of International players.
King said, “There’s a great history of Volleyball in Ireland, and there is lots of activity happening in schools. This programme was a way of developing and inspiring the girls to keep playing, training and leading an active healthy lifestyle. It’s a great opportunity for the girls to live everyone’s dream and play for their country.”
The team have been training in all corners of Ireland with full day training camps on a regular basis. Some of the group are also off to Sardinia to hone their technical skills in the hometown of Head Coach Massa, alongside world class Italian Volleyball coaches and players.
One barrier to International Competition is the cost of competing – participation in the Championships is expected to cost in the region of €20,000. With parents and players fundraising within their local areas. The group have even setup a Crowdfunding page with Irish company PledgeSports – this allows anyone to make a donation to offset the costs of flights, accommodation and training equipment.
There are a range of partnership opportunities for business to become involved in sponsoring the team including a Main Team Sponsorship package and Team Partners.
For more information on Sponsorship packages please contact Gary Stewart, General Manager, Volleyball Ireland. email@example.com
Globally, Volleyball is one of the world’s most popular sports with an estimated 998 million players across six continents.
Volleyball Ireland is the National Governing Body of Volleyball in the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland.
Over 12,000 children participate in the Volleyball Ireland National Schools Programme.
951 school teams entered the 2017-18 National Cup competition.
61 different nationalities make up the registered adult playing pool within Ireland – making Volleyball one of the most diverse sports in Ireland.
Volleyball is a key recipient of Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport grant programme.
Volleyball is one of the few sports where more women participate than men in Ireland (ratio: 43-57).