As the country moves into Level 5 of Covid-19 restrictions, Volleyball Ireland has launched a five-week Virtual programme for clubs, coaches, referees and players.

The programme is a mix of education, learning and virtual social get togethers. There will be a focus on Club Development, Youth Development, Coach & Referee Education.

It is a quick reaction for the sport, taking the learnings from what was possible to achieve with the time in hand from lockdown 1.0.

Sport for Business will be happy to highlight all sports that produce imaginative ways in which to keep their communities engaged over the coming weeks. in so doing we are also getting better prepared should there be a need for a 3.0 lockdown at a point in 2021.

We will also be running a number of club-specific online sessions through November with the first of those taking place on November 9th and looking at how best to prepare for application to the next round of Government Sports Capital Funding that has been confirmed as opening before Christmas. Find out more and reserve a place here.

“Tthe whole volleyball community is disappointed that we can’t get on the court of course, but we’re hopeful that these virtual sessions will keep our members engaged with the sport, and connected to the volleyball community,” said General manager Gary Stewart.

“We’re hoping that whilst players can’t train or play, they may consider taking part in a coaching course and use those times reserved for training and matches to train as an official.”

A key part of the programme is the Social get togethers which will be relaxed, informal and light-hearted. “The social side of Volleyball is one of its key strengths and we’re very much aware that people miss that,” added Stewart.  “Hopefully the informal referee get togethers and coach catch-ups will give that social connection.”

Week 3 of the Virtual Volleyball initiative will feature the Big Club Quiz on November 13th to determine who will be crowned the biggest brain in Irish Volleyball.

There are five key categories included in Virtual Volleyball:

Club Development

These workshops will upskill volunteers and build capacity in clubs. A variety of topics will be covered including Social Media, Managing Meetings and information on our new club development programme – VolleyGrow.

Youth Development

Designed for u18’s a variety of educational workshops will take place including introductory workshops for coaching and refereeing. There will also be some International stars of Volleyball lined up to share their experiences and tips.

Coach and Referee Education

A mix of accredited courses, workshops and Q and A’ss will keep referees and coaches engaged and upskilled throughout the lockdown period.

Watch Parties

Action from matches gone by, to watch together and apart, as well as some interesting online documentaries.

Informal, Social, Chats and Talks

Social catch-ups including the Big Club Quiz – who’s the biggest brain in Irish Volleyball?

Each Monday morning Volleyball Ireland will be publishing registration links and info the week ahead. Most sessions will be held on Zoom. All courses except the Foundation Coaching course are free.

It’s a great initiative and will be one of a number across the sporting fraternity.


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