The 2019/20 Season is now fast approaching and to ensure you're eligible to play on the opening weekend please see step by step guide to registering as a player through our brand new Membership system.
Volleyball Ireland and GoMembership have teamed up to provide our clubs, schools, players and officials a brand new registration platform. The simplified system will allow all users to upload relevant documents such as Anti Doping Certs, Coaching Qualifications and profile photograph.
For Schools, Go Membership will make affiliations and competition entries much easier.
National League Players must use the new system to register ahead of the 2019/20 season. Once you've created your profile, simply add the National League Membership option and select your Club from the drop down list (please note; the Eircode mapping system is currently inactive. Clubs are listed in alphabetical order). Once you've selected your club and your annual payment has been processed the relevant club secretary will approve your membership for that team.
Registrations are now opened to all and can be done so through the below link.
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland, Gary Stewart said, "Go Membership will make life easier for members and cut down the admin for Club Secretaries and Teachers. All data held is in compliance with GDPR regulations. I'd like to thank our Operations Coordinator Mark, for all his hard work in procuring and delivering the new system for our members."
For any queries please contact VI Operations Coordinator Mark Leonard-Doyle on 01 6707165.
Sunday September 22, 2019
Three Irish teams in Top 8 of Small Countries Senior Beach Championships
Three Irish Women’s teams finished in the Top 8 of the Small Countries Association Senior Championships in Perth, Scotland over the weekend. The results signifying positive progress as Volleyball Ireland looks to increase participation and improve performance on the International stage.
The top ranked pairing of Miriam Gormally & Alex Graves came agonisingly close to a podium finish losing the 3rd place playoff match to the tournament and home favourites Lynne Beattie and Melissa Coutts. The first set was evenly poised at 16 a piece before three errors on the bounce allowed the Scottish pair to take control. The 2nd set was much of the same with several Irish attacks falling the wrong side of the tape. Cheered on by the vociferous home crowd the top seeds ran out winners 21-17, 21-13.
The Yiassoumi sisters of Cyprus had earlier defeated Ireland in the Semi Finals (21-12, 21-14) to setup a winner takes all v Iceland.
Commenting on the tournament Graves said, “it was really great to get back on the sand representing Ireland after the Continental Cup in June. All four teams battled really well and to get three in the top 8 is a good sign.”
Earlier on, Gormally & Graves beat fellow Girls in Green Marie Claire Sabogal and Fiona Lamont 21-14, 21-17. The match showing the competitive, yet friendly spirit of the Irish squad – although it did cause an agonising conflict of interest for Head Coach Luciana Hollanda, who took charge of all 4 competing teams.
Both teams cruised in to the Quarters with Gormally & Graves topping Pool B, before Sabogal and Lamont despatched of third seeds Emma Patterson & Lucy Kavanagh-Dick from Northern Ireland in one of the standout performances of the tournament in the round of 12 (21-17,21-17).
Also representing Ireland and taking home a credible joint 5th were Roisin Roantree and Volleyball Ireland Board Member Regina Halpin. Playing as a pair for the first time, the diminutive duo impressed with wins over NI’s Montgomery and Scott (21-9, 21-12) in the Pools before beating team mates Emily Frazell and Orla Lynch (21-7, 21-11) in the Round of 12. Their tournament ended with defeat to eventual winners Elisabeth Einasdottir and Berglind Jonsdottir (21-2, 21-5).
The competition was a debut on the sand for Emily Frazell, who joined the Irish setup in May as part of the SCA Indoor team that visited Luxembourg. Lynch was also donning the Green Vest for first time, and the debutants return home with their first Intl scalp after a victory over Rankin/Blair of Scotland (21-11, 21-13).
The Beach season now wraps up with the attentions off the court as the Association looks to gain Sports Capital Grant funding to develop the first Inland court in Ireland, whilst supporting the implementation of permanent posts on beaches across the country.
Team Ireland Results;
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Volleyball Ireland Presents, The Ball Cart Challenge for European Week of Sport 23rd – 30th September
Volleyball Ireland Presents, The Ball Cart Challenge for European Week of Sport 23rd - 30th September.
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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.