HVA Indoor Mixed Tournament on 11th November

HVA Indoor Mixed Tournament on 11th November –

After the success of last year’s inaugural mixed volleyball tournament, HVA are doing it again this year!


HVA are holding an all-day, indoor mixed volleyball tournament. The exact format will depend on the number of teams entered; last year we had 9 teams and ran one big league with timed games. There will be trophies/prizes for the top three teams. Entries will be limited to 10 teams on a first come, first serve basis.


The tournament will take place at our regular venue for HVA volleyball competitions – The Bay House School, Gosport, PO12 2QP. If you have not been there before, this is a recently-built sports hall with two outstanding volleyball courts.


Sunday 11th November. We have the hall from 9:30am until 5pm.

Are there any rules?

Entry is open to everyone, but teams must have at least 3 ladies on court at all times.

How much does it cost?

We just need to cover our costs, so the entry fee is likely to be £40 per team.

How do I enter?

Just send an email to andy@monkeysplayingpingpong.co.uk with the following information.
– A Team Name
– Your Team Contact (name, email and phone number)

South East Training – October -December 2018

South East Training – October -December 2018

Training for the Inter Regional Squads starts in October. Please note the change of times for the sessions. The coaches agreed that 3 hour sessions would be better for the players so the girls will train from 10-1.p.m. and the boys from 1-4.00.p.m.

Under 17 boys and girls and Under 15 boys and girls. All ages are as of September 2018.

All at Ashcombe VC, Dorking RH4 1LY

Saturday 13th October Boys training 1-4.00.p.m.

Saturday 20th October Girls training 10-1.00.p.m.

Saturday 17th November Girls 10-1.00.p.m. Boys 1-4.00.p.m.

Saturday 8th December U17 Girls 10-1.00.p.m. Boys 1-4.00.p.m.

U15 girls 10-1.00.p.m. High Wycombe

Sessions before Christmas will be open to all, the coaches will then decide when to cut their squads in order to prepare for the National Championships at Kettering over the weekend of 25th, 26th and 27th May 2019.  Training venues may also change after Christmas dependent on hall availability, cost and players locations.

2018/2019 HVA Grand Prix entries now open

2018/2019 HVA Grand Prix entries now open –

Hampshire Volleyball Association are now accepting entries in the 2018-2019 HVA Grand Prix Series. As in previous seasons, we are running both a men’s and a ladies competition, with all matches being held at The Bay House School in Gosport. Below you will find information on the format, the cost, changes to SEVA qualification and on funding for attending referee courses.

Competition Format

In previous years we have run the GP series as a big league, but with the increased number of teams entered last year, it became difficult to have all of the teams present at the final event. This is something we want to get back to, so the teams get to celebrate the culmination of the league. We are investigating whether we can run a league followed by some sort of “finals” event. The eventual format is dependent on the number of teams that enter this season, so we aren’t committing to anything yet, but rest assured that our aim remains to provide all teams with as much quality court time as we can. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the GP series.

Initial Dates

We have booked the following initial dates at The Bay House School, working around the majority of the competition dates that Volleyball England have published so far. Once teams are entered, we will work with you to arrange the fixtures to suit everyone as best we can. We have not yet assigned dates to the man’s and ladies’ series as this will also depend on the number of teams entered.

  • Sunday 7 October 2018
  • Sunday 28 October 2018
  • Sunday 11 November 2018
  • Sunday 18 November 2018
  • Sunday 2 December 2018
  • Sunday 6 January 2019
  • Sunday 27 January 2019
  • Sunday 3 February 2019
  • Sunday 17 February 2019
  • Sunday 10 March 2019
  • Sunday 24 March 2019
  • Sunday 28 April 2019
  • Sunday 19 May 2019

The Cost

For the first two years at Bay House we have been given a fantastic rate for hall hire, but they are putting up their prices in the new year. They have not yet told us my how much though. Our current stance is that teams should budget for £250 per team entry. If we find that the venue costs are lower than expected then we will reduce the entry fee accordingly.

SEVA Qualification

One of the changes for this season is the rules on qualification for the SEVA finals. We have decided that the teams qualifying for SEVA are the two highest place teams from a club based in Hampshire. This was discussed at the HVA AGM on 24th July, and the committee decided that as the teams were representing Hampshire at the SEVA finals, they should be teams from Hampshire.

We are not placing any restrictions on who can compete in the HVA Grand Prix series, and we love having teams from the surrounding counties and the Channel Islands; it is just the SEVA qualification that is changing. Final positions in the league will still stand – if you win the league then you get the winners trophy.

Designated Referee Requirement

Teams that were entered last year will know that a new requirement for this season is to have a designated referee for each team (see the email from HVA on 30th August). This is part of our drive to improve the standard of play in the GP series. Consequentially, when teams enter, we are asking for the name of the team’s designated referee. This should be one or more people that are expected to take part in all of the team’s refereeing duties across the season, and should be someone with at least Grade 4 refereeing qualification.

To support this stance, HVA will refund the entry fee on a grade 4 refereeing course for one person per team that is entered into the Grand Prix series. You can find courses at http://www.volleyballengland.org/courses and courses of interest are:
– Ashcombe on 8th September
– Bath on 14th October

League Entry and Entry Deadline

To enter the league, please send an email to andy@monkeysplayingpingpong.co.uk with the following information:

  • Your team name
  • The team contact
  • The team/club treasurer
  • The team’s designated referee

The deadline for entry is Sunday 16th September 2018.

Mixed GP events!

Last season, we ran the first Mixed GP event, which saw 9 teams play 36 matches in a single day. This was a great success, and we are hoping to run similar events across the season. Some of you may have noticed that we have 13 dates booked at Bay House, and the plan is to use any dates not assigned to the men’s & ladies’ leagues for some mixed competitions. The plan is to keep each one as a stand-alone event. Watch out for more news soon!

Referee and Coaching Courses Announced

Referee and Coaching Courses announced


Ashcombe School in Dorking will be hosting a Grade 4 Referee Course, a Level 1 ‘Introduction to Volleyball’ coaching course, and a UKCC Level 2 coaching course in September/October 2018. Details are available on the VE website – http://www.volleyballengland.org/courses – and all Hampshire-based clubs are positively welcomed and encouraged to apply.

HVA Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 24 July 2018

HVA Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 24 July 2018
The HVA’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 24 July at Tesco Community Room, Quay Street, Fareham PO16 0LE from 1830-2030.
You are cordially invited to come along to hear about all the work the HVA has undertaken across the region over the past 12 months. There will also be an opportunity to hear guest speakers representing ‘Total Volleyball’ which is a new enterprise providing volleyball coaching, education and training clinics to all levels of volleyball players.

Total Volleyball – 30thJune/1stJuly

Total Volleyball – 30thJune/1stJuly –


Total Volleyball is a new enterprise, providing volleyball coaching education and training clinics to all levels of volleyball player, starting with two unmissable volleyball clinics this Summer! Both at Noadswood School, Dibden Purlieu, Southampton SO45 4ZF

1. SERVING CLINIC -Saturday June 30th – 9am-3pm
2. SERVE RECEIVE CLINIC – Sunday July1st – 9am-3pm

Serving Clinic covers;
• All the various serves, from standing to jump, top spin to float, you will be shown each serve broken down and built up again.
• As well as looking at the technical element you will also explore the tactical element of serving and how it can impact a match.
• The skills to be able to teach the various serves and spot reasons why a player is not yet fulfilling their serve potential and how it can be realised.
• Expert tuition and coaching by Volleyball England Cadets Coach, Clayton Lucas, and Kirk Pitman, Team England National Beach Coach.

One Day Course Cost just £50*(includes Total Volleyball T-shirt)

Serve Receive Clinic covers;
• The fundamentals of passing float serves to jump serves.
• You will learn about ball flight, reaction time, peripheral vision, building a solid platform, the importance of core strength and a solid base to pass from.
• How to pass a unit, and what a unit is! Stillness of platform whilst moving through the ball.
• You will also learn the role of the libero as well as the role of outside hitter 1 and outside hitter 2 functions, responsibilities and preferences.
• As well as the technical element you will discuss the tactical element of passing and how certain rotations impact on a game.
• Expert tuition and coaching by Volleyball England Cadets Coach, Clayton Lucas, and Kirk Pitman, Team England National Beach Coach.
• Aiden Tutten, Australian Olympic Libero will be also in attendance, bringing you his take on passing and there will be a Q&A session with the London 2012 legend at the end of the clinic.

One Day Course Cost just £50*(includes Total Volleyball T-shirt)

*If you attend both days the cost for the two days is £80 total

BOOK NOW! HURRY – Places are limited and come on a first come first served basis.

Visit www.totalvolleyball.co.uk/clinics for booking and more information.

Coming Soon….A New Junior Volleyball Club!

On Wednesday 18th April a brand new junior volleyball club will begin at Cams Hill School, Fareham.

The session will be available to children aged 11-18, for any level of ability. The aims of the new club are to encourage all children to participate in weekly exercise, promote volleyball in the local geographical area and encourage life long participation in the sport we all play and love.

We are actively seeking to promote the club to potential members and adults to assist with coaching or to volunteer in any capacity. Please feel free to distribute the attached promotional poster to potential players, coaches or volunteers.

If you are interested in this fantastic opportunity, please get in touch via SouthHantsFalcons@gmail.com or on our Facebook page @SouthHantsFalconsVolleyballClub.

South East Junior Programme 2017/18

South East Junior Programme 2017/18


The following message is sent on behalf of Freda Bussey and concerns a number of date changes to the SE Junior programme:

“There are several changes to the SE junior training programme for 2018 mainly due to the high numbers we have wanting to attend the sessions and availability of coaches and venues.

£6 per player per session – All ages as of 1st September 2017.
Please pass on to your county contacts.
If you have any queries about the sessions or would like to know more, please contact:
07827 908655
Under 15 Girls coaches: Sue Jollands and Lauren Tucker
Under 15 Boys coaches: Sue Sayers and Bob Pickens
Under 17 Girls coach: Cat Machado
Under 17 Boys coaches: John Ballance and Ryan Murphy


Boys – Under 15 and Under 17 – Saturday 20th January – 10.00.a.m. -3.00.p.m. Ashcombe VC, Dorking, Surrey. RH4 ILY
Girls – Under 15 and Under 17 – Saturday 27th January 10.00.am – 3.00.p.m.- Ashcombe VC, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1LY
Boys – Under 15 and Under 17 – Saturday 17th February 10.00.a.m, – 3.00.p.m. Ashcombe VC. Dorking, Surrey RH4 1LY
Girls – Under 15 – Saturday 10th February 10.a.m. -1.00.p.m. – Wycombe High School HP11 1TB
Girls – Under 17 –  Saturday 10th February 10.00.a.m. -3.00.p.m. Ashcombe VC, Dorking, Surrey. RH4 ILY
Boys – Under 15 – Saturday 3rd March 10.a.m. – 2.00.p.m.Trinity School, Newbury. RG14 2DU
Boys Under 17 – Saturday 3rd March  2.00.p.m. – 6.00.p.m.Trinity School, Newbury. RG14 2DU
Girls – Under 15 and Under 17 – Saturday 17th March 10.00.am – 3.00.p.m.- Ashcombe VC, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1LY

Boys – Under 15 and Under 17 – Saturday 28th April – 10.00.a.m. -3.00.p.m. Ashcombe VC, Dorking, Surrey. RH4 ILY

Girls – Under 15 and Under 17 – Saturday 21st April – 10.00.a.m. -3.00.p.m. Ashcombe VC, Dorking, Surrey. RH4 ILY

May training dates and venues still to be confirmed.

Boys – Inter Regional Championships – National Volleyball Centre, Kettering. NN15 6PB. Sunday 27th May and Monday 28th May
Girls – Inter Regional Championships –  National Volleyball Centre, Kettering. NN15 6PB. Saturday 26th May and Sunday 27th May
Happy New Year and Best wishes to all,
Freda Bussey
Secretary South East Volleyball Association”

Sport and Recreation Alliance Survey

Sports and Recreation Alliance Survey
There are just two weeks left to help give volleyball a voice.
The Sports Club Survey 2017 is a big piece of research to assess the state of sports clubs across the country and reveal the main challenges they face. The results will also help inform leading bodies, such as Sport England, when making decisions on funding and wider issues.
If you’re part of a volleyball club, make sure that our sport is heard! Fill out the survey online: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=150961428710
Everyone who completes the form will enter a draw to win an iPad or shopping vouchers. If enough members of the volleyball community complete the survey, statistics specific to volleyball will be published, giving a unique insight into the sport.  Share the survey and encourage other volleyball clubs to complete it too, before the deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017.

Coaching Opportunity

Coaching Opportunity 

The University of Southampton Team is looking for any coaches interested in taking on the team.  Specifically we’re hoping to find a coach for our women’s team – the scheduled training times are Thursday 7-9am and Sunday 6-8pm.
The team competes in the BUCS league, consistently near the top of division 1, as well as other student competitions, and starting in the Hampshire HVA league this year.  If you, or anyone from your club would be interested, we’d be happy to hear from you – contact us at: SUVolleyballclub@gmail.com, or message the club’s facebook page and we can discuss the position.
Thank you!