28/9 0:16 amazing training session tonight with our ladies - cant wait for the next one!
27/9 7:16 Great training session from the men last night, tonight its the ladies! #ForestFamily
26/9 20:00 Were pleased to announce Ben Courcha has accepted the post of SADVA Captain :-)
22/9 17:02 Ladies Head Coach @kemp_ie says: Possibly one of my toughest days ever Volleyball Coaching

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SADVA – New Forest Men vs New Forest Colts [2-0], New Forest Colts vs Roke Manor One [2-1]

Friday Night’s SADVA Fixtures at St Mary’s in Southampton saw our men’s team take on our colts and retain their position at the top of the league.

First out was New Forest Men vs New Forest Colts. Leading the Mens side was Toby Goodman, flanked up by James Kemp (Club President, making a return to SADVA after a 10 year absence), Kirsty Fargher, Vanessa Lucas, Cath Shute and new Forest signing, Rosa Snow. On the Colts side, Ciaran McNally led his team well – Ben Dawson, Ben Lucas, Campbell Golding, Will Grinyer were well complemented by Olly Jones, making his return to the club after a 12 month absence. For thier first fixture since March – our Colts did well, but were unable to stop the more experienced mens team powering through, backed up by the surprising quality setting of James Kemp. Final Score 2-0.

The second game for our colts started off with Vanessa Lucas moving to the coaching chair, and a tough first set saw the consistent play of Roke Manor One take the set. Fighting back, but still playing out of position, Ciaran McNally captained his boys well and following some steady serving across the board, saw the Colts take the set in a battle to the finish. Lining up for a third set, some impressive power play from Ben Lucas (South East U15s) ensured that the Colts were not going home empty handed. At 14-9 to the Colts, the final set point seemed to elude to them; four match points later and they finally brought the set and match home. Final Score 2-1. MVP: Ben Lucas.

SADVA – New Forest Men vs Soton Academicals (2-0) and Team Southampton (2-0)

New Forest Men pushed thier way to the top of the SADVA Men’s league in a comfortable season opener on Friday Night.

New signings for Forest Orfeas Tsouroplis, Toby Goodman and Cath Shute walked out on the court at St Mary’s alongside Forest stalwarts Sam James (recently returned from LeAF Academy), Ben Courcha and Alex Lusby-Taylor. First up for the evening events, Soton Academicals comfortably posted a 2-0 victory over Team Southampton, taking the sets 21-17 and 21-10.

Forest’s first set against Soton Academicals looked like setting the team up for a comfortable night – 21-5 in an incredibly quick set as Academicals were unable to make thier way through the incredible blocking power of Toby Goodman. Academicals put up a bigger fight in the second set, but Forest still ended comfortably on a 21-13 finish, with Orfeas Tsouropolis picking up the MVP from the Scoring Team. Forest’s 1st set against Local National League Rivals Team Southampton was not so comfortable, but an easy canter to the finish. The second set looked more difficult for the Forest side, as the former University of Birmingham Club Captain took to the court in the Libero top, leaping ahead of Forest in a 9 point lead to 10-1. A quick and well called timeout from Captain Alex Lusby-Taylor led to an impressive, faultless serving round from Ben Courcha pushing the score back to 10-9, and from that point, consistent and powerful hitting from Orfeas Tsouroplis finished the game. Final Score: 2-0.

Next week club bragging rights are up for grabs as our Colts take on the Men.. the action at St Mary’s from 7:20pm.

An Open Letter: Individual Registration

In today’s AGM, we backed the proposal of VE’s board for individual registration for U18s and Adults who are regularly competing in Volleyball England competitions and affiliated club training. This motion, although achieving a majority of the represented clubs, failed to achieve the 75% necessary majority to approve the change. On the face of it, looking at VE’s accounts, in the 2014 accounts 68% of income came from Sport England. In 2013, it was 56%. Our reliance as a community on the political whims of Sport England is actually increasing. The costs of membership and competition services we receive are not met by the fees we pay. This is far from a healthy situation for a National Governing Body to be in, a change of government or a change of political policy could destroy the Governing Body completely. Effectively, our sport is funded at an ever increasing rate by political whim.

On the other side of this issue, our 2013-2017 Whole Sport Plan is the document from which the 68% funding comes from. In this period, it requires a significant increase in participation at grass roots. We have no method to measure grass roots Volleyball. In the AGM, figures of around 20% of current participants are registered through one of the existing schemes (VEBT, NVL or SVGP) were given. However, these figures are an unknown. If you ever go to a funder and ask them to provide you with money, they ask you how many customers you’ve got and what you sell to them. As a community, on the national level, we genuinely have no idea. I know, from when we approach sponsors at a local level, they want to know our market. If we can’t tell them who or what or market is, they don’t want to know. The same is true on a national level.

Several suggestions were made in respect of collecting data through Regional or County Associations. We do not consider this to be a practical solution. Our Regional and County Associations are volunteer-led too, and despite what was said in the AGM, they have no records of our New Forest participants other than those who are involved with those competitions.

We also fully support the concept of individual registration, whether a fee be levied or not, for every participant. The concept of a player license demonstrates (even a physical card) that the player belongs to the wider community, the community we all belong to and has been disjointed. Even a simple id card bears that sense of ownership. Comments were made at today’s AGM that suggests the systems and enforcement aren’t ready (although from our professional lives we are aware that systems are only really tested when they are used) can be overcome by this. In local and regional leagues, this overcomes the difficulties involved – players are either registered & entitled to play, or they are not. In summary, we believe that we will not be in a position to demonstrate in 2017 the amazing things that clubs have achieved up and down the country in the investment zones, nor will we be able to have a Governing Body that is in a position to put more of its efforts into membership services.

As a result, we believe that it is now appropriate to return to an EGM in the autumn of this year, with a view to implementing individual registration for the entire community at any age or skill level from 2015/2016. Beyond this, we believe this puts us as significant risk of failing to have the necessary data to demonstrate our compliance with the 2017 targets. Let’s check the systems do work, and have a year at least to work out the kinks.

FOR AND ON BEHALF OF NEW FOREST & LYMINGTON VOLLEYBALL
26TH JULY 2014