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Scottish Volleyball Association

2015 2016 •

Annual Report

BIGGER • BETTER • STRONGER

Scottish Volleyball Association www.scottishvolleyball.org


CONTENTS

Contents 1. Message from the President

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2. CEO Review

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3. Shaping our Future

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4. Finance

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5. Regional Development Reports

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6. Commission Reports Beach Coaching Competitions Referees Student (Universities) Youth and Schools

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7. National Teams Report Senior Beach Young Senior Women’s Senior Women’s Senior Men’s Young Senior Men’s

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8 Statistical Report 2015 - 2016

SCOTTISH VOLLEYBALL SPONSORS

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Welcome to the 2015 - 2016 Scottish Volleyball Association Annual Report. There has been a change to the Board during the season. Mel Coutts, President of the Association, stepped down to take up the position of Head Coach for the National Womens Senior Team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mel for all her hard work and dedication whilst serving on the Board and to wish her a successful career as Head Coach. I took over as President of our Association in January 2016. I am delighted to report another successful year for Scottish Volleyball. The SVA successfully hosted the CEV Small Countries Division (SCD) European U19 Women’s Championships at the University of Edinburgh in March 2016 with the Scotland team taking home the Bronze medal. The U20 Men’s team competed in the Junior CEV SCD Finals event in Cyprus in April 2016, which also resulted in a Bronze medal coming home to Scotland. The 2015 School Games (UKSG) teams achieved phenomenal results, taking home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Many congratulations to all players and coaches involved with the UKSG’s Teams.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Message from the President

I would also like to congratulate our Senior National Teams with the men winning a Bronze medal in the 2015 CEV SCD finals in Luxembourg and the women winning Silver within the same competition structure in Liechtenstein. The SVA entered the CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup, an Olympic Qualification Road to Rio competition. This resulted in the women reaching the 4th round, winning the bronze medal with the men reaching the 3rd round. All of our squads have demonstrated true excellence with very high performance standards and wonderful results. That they have achieved all this on limited budgets and often with personal financial contributions is testament to the dedication they all have to the sport. An exciting future event, which will be reported fully in next year’s Annual Report is the first ever CEV SCD European Beach Championships being held in Perth June 2016 which is being hosted by the SVA and supported by Perth and Kinross Council, LiveActive and Scottish Open Volleyball Tournament. I would very much like to thank all the members of Scottish Volleyball; staff, players, coaches, officials and volunteers for their support and effort throughout the year. Also thanks to the SVA Board who has worked hard to ensure our Governance is excellent. Scott Borthwick SVA President

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CEO REVIEW

Chief Executive Review 2015/16 has been a busy, competition packed year for the staff, athletes, clubs and volunteers of Scottish Volleyball. The SVA’s Strategic Plan of Bigger Sport, Better Profile and Stronger Clubs has once more profiled and developed our sport as we conclude our fourth and final year. Again delivering what was expected of us and what we had planned to achieve. Our annual SVA Operational Plan; the fourth year of the 2013-17 Strategic Plan has been focussing towards the completion of long term projects and increased membership targets. A significant support in us achieving and concluding a successful plan is the continuation of our two full time development officer’s in the east and west regions. The implementation of new regional programmes has helped the Association to increase membership, create exciting indoor and beach player pathways whilst consistently maintaining high governance standards. This year we have seen the popularity and profile of beach volleyball rise significantly with an increased summer beach tour calendar and an opportunity for our beach athletes to prepare within programmes aligned to the Commonwealth Games goals and objectives. The inclusion of Beach Volleyball in the Gold Coast 2018 has meant a reorganisation of priorities and an alignment of performance outcomes, specific to our beach athletes and coaches. Beach player pathways have improved through junior development camps, regional sessions and Scotland competing in both men and women’s beach competition of the CEV – SCD FIVB ranking tour.

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Shaping our Future The SVA’s Strategic Plan is part of an exciting 12 year vision that is designed to see Scottish Volleyball expand, develop and achieve a growth of 30% across the sport as a whole. The 2013 -17 plan forms the middle section of a strategy pyramid, which combines three, four year cycles to achieve our 2021 vision.

Bigger Sport; developing competitions, regional programmes and facilities; Better Profile; improving national performance and increased business and financial partners; Stronger Clubs; sustaining and increasing Indoor, Beach and Sitting Volleyball through regional and local programmes specifically aimed at schools and youth.

Stronger Clubs Framework 2013 – 2017 BIGGER SPORT Competition and Regions

Competition Structures Regional Approach

Facilities

BETTER PROFILE

STRONGER CLUBS

People and Performance

Participation and Clubs

Workforce Development

Programmes and Opportunities

Player Development & National Squads Marketing & Profile

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It continues the established theme of Bigger, Better, and Stronger with 2013-17 being all about:

Stronger Clubs

School Volleyball

By 2021, we aim to have achieved:

• Volleyball Development Centre • An Indoor Beach Facility • FIVB Volley All outdoor programme • Volleyball integrated into sportscotland regional infrastructure with Regional Development Officers • GB volleyball development programme based in Scotland • UKSport International Strategy - SVA development of more female representation, FIVB/CEV • Restructured Board and robust succession plan •

SVA development

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Bigger Opportunities Better Facilities Stronger SVA 2017-21 Bigger Sport Better Profile Stronger Clubs 2013-2017 30% Bigger- Better - Stronger 2009 - 2013

In conclusion The SVA Board has once more worked tirelessly with the SVA staff throughout 2015/16. As a governance team comprising of staff, Board, Commissions, volunteers and members of the SVA it is good to report we are viewed as a progressive, hardworking and developing organisation from other Governing Bodies and sportscotland. I would like to thank this “team” and all our members for their dedication, enthusiasm, skill, time, laughter and above all ambition to make our sport the best that it can be. My thanks is also given to Lorna Callan the SVA sportscotland Partnership Manager, Lynne Marshall and Michael McConville of volleyballphotos.co.uk and Roddy Mackenzie of Final Whistle Media. To all the staff of Scottish Volleyball for their dedication, focus and personal support of me as CEO, my sincere thanks!! Margaret Ann Fleming Chief Executive Officer

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FINANCE

Finance The provisional accounts for the year ended 31st March 2016 have been prepared by the SVA Finance Officer, Ailien Pallot and reviewed by Haines Watt Chartered Accountants. The following review reflects the significant activities of the Association in relation to income and expenditure for 2015/16.

INCOME The accounts for 2015/16 show a total of £391,210 (£440,710 - 2014/15) in available funds to the Association and represents a decrease from last year. This difference relates to the one off additional income generated from the international event hosted by the SVA in the previous reporting period 14/15. The SVA continues to be supported primarily by sportscotland with additional grants from the FIVB, CEV, UK Sport, Sports Aid and many other partner organisations and sponsors. The additional income generated by the SVA this year was £107,210 (£157,810 – 2014/15) which included contributions from FIVB/CEV of £12,655; UK Sport 7,500.

sportscotland We would like to thank sportscotland for their on-going support during the year including the grant of £ 284,000 (£282,900 - 14/15). Our grant from sportscotland has been confirmed for 2016/17 at the same level of investment

UK Sport We are grateful to UK Sports’ grant of £7,500 (£ 4,000 - 14/15) which contributes to the international work of the organisation where we continue to have representation on the CEV

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Main Board; CEV Small Countries Division Board; FIVB Rules of the Game and Disciplinary Commissions and the additional work of our SVA international referee representatives. Our current award is the first instalment of a two year £11,500 commitment (2015/16 - £4,500 and 2016/17 -£7,000).

FIVB / CEV SCD This year we received a combined grant of £10,050 from the FIVB/CEV to fund the SVA’s MACvolley School Volleyball initiative. This programme continues to roll out across schools in Scotland throughout the 16/17 period. Scottish Sports Aids Trust continued to support the Association with a further £1,500 grant towards the Junior National Team Programmes in 2015/16.

Sponsorship GEFF – National Team kit supplier. This year was the completion of a 2 year agreement. The SVA has secured a new National Team supplier, ERREA as from 1st April 2016 COCO5 – the coconut re-hydration drink is in the second year of sponsorship of the SVA National Cup finals. This sponsorship has generated income for our National Finals with the addition that Clubs will have the opportunity to sell the product within their own communities and receive a cash back bonus for doing so. GERFLOR continue to support the SVA as partners adding professional expertise and experience to our events. MIKASA the official ball supplier to the SVA provided the organisation with new equipment and balls for season 2015/16


Annual expenditure fell to £381,574 (£435,729 – 2014/15). The prior year costs were higher due to the hosting of international events as mentioned above. Staffing costs have increased slightly rising this year to £232,006 (£212,128 14/15) with the two Regional Development Officers and other staff members on board for the full year. Overheads The organisation works hard to minimise overhead expenditure and these have been held broadly in line with last year to £46,877 (£40,047 - 2014/15). Programme Expenditure An investment of £46,000 went towards the five main National Team programmes including Beach with a further investment of £18,885 into the schools programmes including attendance at the UK School Games.

general reserve of £61,971 (£52,335 - 14/15) and access to additional brought forward deferred funds of £42,724 available to expend in the forthcoming financial period. In summary, the finances of the Association remain healthy with the continued support from sportscotland and other partner organisations both nationally in organisations such as UK Sport, internationally from the FIVB, CEV and SCD or in local authority support such as the City of Edinburgh Council; Perth and Kinross; Glasgowlife; Aberdeenshire City Council, SOVT, Edinburgh University, Dundee University, The Gordon Schools and Aberdeen Grammar School.

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EXPENDITURE

Margaret Ann Fleming CEO Scottish Volleyball

Clubs and Commissions expended £20,407; with domestic competition at £13,555.

BALANCE SHEET Our Balance Sheet remains healthy with a

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R E G I O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T R E P O RT S

RDO East Annual Report I am delighted to share with you some of the key highlights over the past year in post as East Regional Development Officer. It has been another great year in the East of Scotland in terms of volleyball development; not without challenge, but with equal excitement, reward and progress. I firmly believe we are finally reaping the rewards of a long term vision and approach to volleyball development, particularly in areas including the quality and attractiveness of our school to club pathways, and junior beach volleyball participation. At the SVA we continue to work hard collectively to ensure that every step along the volleyball development pathway is as robust as possible. Sustainability and long term development are at the heart of everything that is implemented. One of the key successes in this story is our ever strengthening partnerships with local authorities, other NGB’s, Active Schools, teachers, coaches, further education institutions, and of course our clubs. It is the strength of these partnerships that present the opportunity for us to grow and share our visions and plans with others. Some of the key highlights to outline include: 2 out of 2 successful applications to Sportscotland’s Direct Club Investment Programme. In March 2015, the City of Edinburgh Volleyball Club and NUVOC Volleyball Club both submitted a detailed application and business case to the programme for substantial financial investment to support their long term development plans. The key outcome for both clubs was to grow their membership by increasing their coaching workforce and coach education provision. Both clubs were successful in their applications and are now making huge strides towards their long term ambitions. It’s great to see clubs taking ownership for their own development and coach education pathways. Inclusion in more multisport events, resulting in increased school engagement, increased competitive opportunities for young people, increased exposure and improved profile of our sport within mass participation events.

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Inclusion of volleyball in events such as Spartans FC Community School Olympics, Active Schools Games at the Hub and Rio 2016 Beach Games @ Portobello, has been the reward for the partnerships mentioned above. It was important for me to share my vision and the SVA vision with these key partners. This dialogue has undoubtedly opened a number of doors for volleyball in terms of participation opportunities and exposing a larger number of schools and teachers to our amazing sport. An example of the impact this has had can be presented by the huge growth in participation in projects such as S.H.A.P.E (Schools Holiday Aspire Programme Edinburgh). We have now delivered 4 successful holiday camps within the year; Summer 2015, October 2015, Easter 2016 and Summer 2016. Linked to this increased, almost half of these participants want to play more volleyball and have since signed up to a local club; a trend that will hopefully continue with other projects on the horizon to embed our school festivals and other competitions into existing programmes, such as the Edinburgh Primary Schools Sports Association (EPSSA). Every opportunity to expose young people to volleyball, is an opportunity to get them involved long term. I hope to continue to inspire positive change within my region, creating and facilitating new and attractive opportunities for people to get involved with the sport whether that be players; junior or senior, coaches; new or experienced, parents, teachers, students and volunteers. There is still a lot of work to be done to consolidate the progress made, but I am excited to take on the challenge of making this happen. Lynne Beattie Regional Development officer (East)


RDO West Annual Report

These local authority partnerships have allowed me to deliver development opportunities to Primary and Secondary teachers across Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, South Ayrshire and North Ayrshire. Over 100 teachers were able to attend these courses. The CPD opportunities are key to helping staff to improve delivery in the curriculum and support after school club development. In Renfrewshire, I was able to run a schools mini League, in partnership with the Competitive schools sport officer. 6 schools from the authority entered multiple teams into this 6v6 league. 48 players played in these fixtures, which consisted of 24 games. In South Ayrshire, I developed a calendar of local festivals for S1/2 to engage with indoor and beach volleyball. These dates are developed and promoted in partnership with schools and Active Schools. They have encouraged new schools to play volleyball and approximately 60 boys and 80 girls have benefited from these new activities. Across Scotland and the west, sportscotland has a particular interest in the development of young leaders. Through Active Schools in South Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire council, I was able to deliver a series of young leaders’ workshops to senior pupils. These practical workshops were delivered to over 150 pupils who, through the

8 candidates completed the SVA Introductory award this year at Girvan Academy. This was to enable them to include volleyball as part of a community programme at the new community sports Hub. University and college support was a key area of this year. The partnership between the SVA and Strathclyde University was further strengthened and supported via continued delivery volleyball to 1st, 2nd and 3rd year groups. I was also able to do some delivery and build a relationship with Glasgow Clyde College. I also formed a partnership with Scottish Student Sport, which enabled me to deliver the Glasgow Taxi Cup volleyball event. This event took place at the Emirates Sports Arena. The tournament features 3 men’s and 3 women’s teams and was contested between Glasgow Caledonian, Glasgow and Strathclyde universities. Key clubs in the West have been offered ongoing interventions, designed to ensure that the clubs are strong and sustainable. The work within local authorities is key to establishing school/Further Education – to club links. These are vital for creating pathways into clubs for players and volunteers.

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This year, in the West, I have been working to strengthen the relationships with local authorities, in order to ensure that volleyball has a strong presence across the region. These partnerships with Active Schools, sports development officers across the local authorities are vital and have enabled some of the key work to be delivered.

Active schools programme, were then able to support after school volleyball clubs in the high school setting.

I was able to deliver sessions at Local summer camps, such as at Mearns Castle High School in East Renfrewshire and Summer in the city, Glasgow. At these sessions over 80 participants got to play Volleyball. Andrew Fleming Regional Development Officer (West)

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B E A C H C O M M I S S I O N R E P O RT

Beach Commission Report Beach volleyball training started early this year, in March, with both men's and women's Scottish Senior squads still involved in the CEV Continental Cup. The exciting announcement that Beach Volleyball is to be included in the Commonwealth Games for the Gold Coast, Australia in 2018, meant there was much to train hard for. Scottish Beach Volleyball Tour 2014 Event

Men’sWinners

Women’s Winners

Grampian Open

Barry McGuigan & Graham Riddle Barry McGuigan & Graham Riddle Konrad Krawczyk & Przemek Bratkowski Graham Riddle Mariusz Chudzik & Jaroslaw Pasko Barry McGuigan & Graham Riddle Barry McGuigan & Graham Riddle

Gillian Lyall & Agata Zaremba Gillian Lyall & Agata Zaremba Agata Zaremba & Lillian Lieber Sondrea Larsen Gillian Lyall & Claire Ramage Lilian Lieber & Cathy Smy Gillian Lyall & Agata Zaremba

Championship event - Portobello (NUVOC) Championship event - St Andrews King & Queen of the Beach Championship event - Troon Jets Open Championship event - Broughty Ferry

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The Scottish Beach Volleyball season began on the first weekend of May with the Scottish Universities Beach Volleyball Championships with a record 140 students on the West Sands, St Andrews. Some great play saw Strathclyde University winning the men's title and a home victory for the St Andrews University women.

The tour followed a familiar route round Scotland’s beaches. In the men’s events a new pairing dominated in the form of Konrad Krawczyk & Lenard Sobieracki, although former champions Barry McGuigan and Graham Riddle challenged hard from their first outing of the summer in St Andrew’s. Gillian Lieber & Catherine Smy dominated in the women’s events

season following in 2005. We now have 7 events on the Scottish Tour, where the standard of play is getting better every year; we hosted our first International Beach Volleyball event in 2014, and we want to host more. We now have Beach Volleyball National Team Programmes and the prospect of development pathways to Commonwealth and Olympic level.

A big thanks to the SVA Office for all their hard work again this year, to the organisers of all of the events, all the referees and to all who participated.

We have come a long way since 2004 but there is still a lot to do and I am confident that Gerry MacDonald, our new Beach Commission President, will push the bar even higher.

2015 was my last summer as Beach Commission President. Beach Volleyball in Scotland started with a meeting late in 2004 with our first beach

Colin Paterson Outgoing President, Beach Commission

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C O A C H E S C O M M I S S I O N R E P O RT

Coaches Commission Report This has been a thought-provoking year for the Coaches Commission with the addition of the experienced coach Jess Reid to the commission. Coach education and development is consistently one of the main elements of the SVA’s development strategy. The Coaches Commission is charged with the responsibility for constructing and delivering coach development programmes, and monitoring their success in achieving the specified aims. The Coaches Commission expertise has been effectively exploited by the coaching manager Ioannis Panayiotakis delivering against the targets agreed and continuing the excellent and collective work of Scottish Volleyball coach education. The following is a snapshot of some of the key events and achievements for 2015 – 2016:

2015-2016 Female Coaching apprenticeship system development with personalised pathway for each of the participants • Five level I UKCC courses held in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Linlithgow and Aberdeenshire • Two very successful UKCC level II courses presented at Edinburgh and Glasgow • SVA Level III award presented at Ravenscraig associated with the Men's National Team Christmas Camp, which acted as a vehicle for learning and mentoring for the course candidates. • 12 one-day ‘Introduction to Coaching Volleyball’ courses and teacher in-service days presented in various locations. • Coaching conference featuring world class presenters Athanasios Papageorgiou, Professor David Lavallee and Alexander Steel at Stirling Court Hotel. • 10 Continuous Personal Development opportunities on various topics; highlights included Audrey Cooper’s captivating delivery on volleyball defensive systems, the ‘Reflection Starting with the Coach’ and the ‘Performance Profiling’ psychology workshops, the data volley statistic workshop and the ‘Coach as a Facilitator’ seminar. • There was a continuation to a coach education programme for Beach Volleyball with a workshop being delivered by Audrey Cooper. The successful delivery of the new pilot programme for the ‘Introduction to beach coaching award’ at Edinburgh, St Andrews and Aberdeen by the coaching manager Ioannis Panayiotakis has been a promising development. • There was a series of Coach Education courses delivered for Trainee Teachers at Strathclyde University • The ‘Fast track’ programme with Thomas Dowens was very well received and attended by both coaches and participants • The successful introduction of the pilot programme ‘Regional Development Day: a Community of Practice’ at Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh and Oban • Coach of the Year Award went to Ally Jack and Jess Reid I would like to sincerely thank all the members of the Coaches Commission, the staff tutors and the SVA Office staff for all their support. A special thanks to sportscotland Partnership Manager Alison Lunn for all her assistance throughout the year. Thomas Dowens President Coaches Commission

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Competitions Report

Competition Winners

During the 2015/16 Season, a complete overhaul of the National League structure took place and the new Scottish Volleyball League (SVL) was established. This new structure allowed for clearer pathways through the leagues and also the flexibility to allow more teams to enter.

Men's SVL Premier - City of Glasgow Ragazzi Women's SVL Premier - Su Ragazzi Men's SVL One - Bon Accord Women's SVL One - QTS Troon II Men's SVL Two - Glasgow Mets II Men's SVL Conference - Scotstoun Women's SVL Conference - Napier University

Changes to the way the Competitions Advisory Group (CAG) is structured also took place with each SVL club nominating a representative to stand on the Group. The work of the CAG again surpassed my expectations with all involved giving up their free time to ensure the best for competitive volleyball in Scotland. It plays a vital role in ensuring the largest section of the SVA membership are catered for in a fair manner. Overall the Scottish Volleyball League increased participation from 29 teams in 4 divisions last season to 47 teams in 7 Divisions registered with the SVA in 2015/16. The flexibility offered in the lower leagues has brought new teams into the game, but also allowed former players to return to the sport. The Competitions group took a lead on many of the events in 2015/16, which were also heavily supported by the SVA Referee & Events Commissions. A very busy February, March and April ensured the John Syer Grand Prix, Scottish Cup Semi Finals, District Cup, Regional Conference Finals, COCO5 Finals Weekend and the CEV under 19 Finals were delivered in a short space of time. A special thank you to all the volunteers who took time out of their lives to help deliver these events.

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Scottish Cups Men's Scottish Cup - City of Edinburgh Women's Scottish Cup - City of Edinburgh Men's Scottish Plate - Su Ragazzi II Women's Scottish Plate - Caledonia West

John Syer Grand Prix Men's - City of Edinburgh Women's - Su Ragazzi

SVA District Cup Cup Winners - Scotstoun Plate Winners - Volley Beasts Spoon Winners - EUVC Beta

Martyn Johnstone Competitions and Performance Officer


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R E F E R E E S C O M M I S S I O N R E P O RT

Report of Activities of the Referees Commission 2015-16 Referees Commission activities are designed to match the key performance indicators of the Scottish Volleyball Association development plan. In this, work focuses on the supply and training of officials. The broader work of the Commission focuses on domestic training activities, the servicing of competitions and the writing of teaching materials. This year as a federation we added two international candidate referees to our existing two international referees. This achievement should not be understated because of the demands on our resources. That our new candidates had to part fund their attendance is very laudable indeed alongside their commitment to a very busy domestic year.

Achievements 1. Domestic Training Courses: • Volleyball: Grade 4, Grade 3, Grade 2 and Grade 1(completed matches), all took place in season 2015-16. • Beach: The scheduled Beach course was undersubscribed. 2. Servicing of Competitions and Other Activities Appointments to League, Cup, Play-offs: Targets were met – matches were provided with referees as per regulations. Appointments to and servicing of other SVA Competitions and SVA Recognised Competitions: Targets met. Full credit is due to Brian McDougall for his efforts to appoint to all competitions, including university matches. Albert Jaster has continued to do the majority of the work to support Grade 4 courses and to find a fixed point in the calendar for them. He is also working to find a way to facilitate progression to Grade 3; remember that the practical part of Grade 3 can be in a variety of places and times to suit the candidates – training games, tournaments, proper matches (given enough notice to get an observer on site). 3. International Involvements This year has been a busy one for the SVA with two CEV recognised events appearing on the calendar, requiring the mobilisation of ITOs and NTOs as well as offering support to the CEV nominated referees. Appointments to Internationals: Targets met: all internationals provided with referees, line judges and scorers and Technical Delegate, as required.

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Brian McDougall refereed at the World League, and CEV Champions League and Sandy Steel was Referee Delegate in World Cup, WOQT Japan, World Grand Prix, Rio and World League in Rio. He also led the line as Referee Delegate in the World League Finals in Poland. John Swan is now an experienced CEV Technical Supervisor, as well as acting as Scotland Team Manager, and has received many nominations, including CEV Finals. Grant Macintyre has just completed a stint as referee in the SCD Internationals and will again act as Refereeing Delegate at UK Schools Games later this year, having successfully done this duty for the past three years. Grant was given the supreme accolade of being invited to Iceland to referee the Finals of their Cup Competition. Dave Cormie has just received his first nominations as international candidate – and did a fine job in front of his home crowd. Jamie Salvin was the first of our new candidates – this time in Beach - and attended the course in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. He did a

great job in the recent SCD Beach event at Perth. Finally, Sandy will be off to Rio de Janeiro again on 1st August for his 6th Olympic Games as Referee Delegate. 5.Commission Responsibilities Brian McDougall and Albert Jaster are mentioned above. John Swan organised the Commission meetings and will look to develop further his experience as a Technical Delegate in the future. The Commission was lucky last year to gain the services of Dave Cormie and Jamie Salvin, who will take on responsibility for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball respectively. Jamie Salvin is now the link to the Beach Commission.

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4. CEV/FIVB: International Referee administration and appointments/ Rules of the Game Commission/ World Championships Events.

Sandy Steel is in charge of Grade 1 and Elite schemes. He will also be the contact now for Grade 2. Grant Macintyre is Commission VicePresident. Well done and a big “thank you” to all those involved. Sandy Steel President, SVA Referees Commission

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S T U D E N T ( U N I V E R S I T I E S ) C O M M I S S I O N R E P O RT

Student Commission Report for the SVA Annual Report 2015/16 2015/16 has been both busy and eventful for student volleyball. The student game is becoming increasingly integrated with other sectors of Scottish Volleyball, with some very positive developments taking place, a summary of which is outlined below.

Competition The top domestic league competition for students - British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Premier League (North) – saw St Andrews, Edinburgh and newcomers Heriot Watt women competing against the top English university sides, with Edinburgh placing a creditable 4th in their league and 6th overall in the BUCS Championship. Edinburgh men finished 5th out of 6 in their Premier League. The strength of the BUCS Premier League continues to develop and it is important that Scottish teams are able to compete at this high level against some of the best players in Britain.

There are now over forty student teams involved in student as well as local and national level competition within Scotland. This is an important and rich area of activity for the sport and one, which continues to grow: university volleyball clubs have an average membership of 52 players an impressive number of young people playing the sport. The Scottish Student Sport (SSS) Beach Championship held at St Andrews on 7th May had a healthy entry, with Barr & Forrest (Dundee) and Schkreba & Eskelinen (Aberdeen) taking the honours in the men’s and women’s events respectively. The experience and quality of beach play from overseas students is a very positive addition to the Scottish game and work is taking place to encourage these players to become involved with the Scottish Beach Tour events during the summer.

Key student competition results for 15/16 are outlined below

Competition

Placing

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Women

BUCS Tier 1

Winners Runner Up Winners Runners Up Winners Runners Up Winners Runners Up

University of Strathclyde University of Dundee University of Stirling Robert Gordon University Robert Gordon University University of Strathclyde II University of Strathclyde DUniversity of Dundee

Heriot Watt Glasgow University of Strathclyde University of Abertay Napier University Robert Gordon University University of St Andrews University of Aberdeen University of St Andrews

T Barr & C Forrest (University of Dundee) G Tinchev & L Branzalov (University of Glasgow)

A Schkreba & M Eskelinen (University of Aberdeen) M Manolopoulou & K Banda (University of Edinburgh)

BUCS Tier 2 BUCS Conference Cup SSS Cup National College Finals

SSS Beach Championship Winners Runners Up

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College Sector Development

The participation of Inverness College in this season’s SSS Beach Championships highlighted the enthusiasm and interest that exists within the college sector. Allocation of additional resources and personnel in supporting and encouraging volleyball in colleges will undoubtedly see a positive return for such investment.

Representative Volleyball Both men’s and women’s SSS Representative Squads participated in the newly established Academies Tournament at Northumbria University in January, against Volleyball England’s Senior Academies of Northumbria, Essex and Sheffield Hallam universities. The women’s squad finished a very creditable second. The men’s squad finished fourth overall, with some excellent play. It is hoped that this event will continue on an annual basis as the quality of opposition is of the highest order.

the Scottish U23 squad, while the men dominated their match against the Scottish U23 Men, winning 3-0. Thanks are due to Tom Rooney (Women) and Graeme Spowart (Men) for their significant contribution as head coaches and to Connor Boyle and Lorena Tussis for their administrative and management support.

Volunteer Development The annual Grade 4 Refereeing Course in October, was once again fully subscribed with twenty candidates. The level of commitment from student volunteers in sustaining and developing their clubs is impressive and this is recognised through the Scottish Student Volunteer of the Year Award, which this year was won by Craig Girvan from Glasgow Caledonian University – a very deserving recipient.

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The development of volleyball within the college sector remains an area of great potential and converting recreational play into more sustainable club activity remains a key objective, but it is heartening to see the sport taking hold in a number of institutions.

Summary Student volleyball continues to be a vibrant and developing sector of the sport in Scotland. Thanks are due to the many committed student volunteers who invest so much of their time in promoting and developing the sport. Paul McPate Student Commission

In the Scottish Student International Challenge matches on 15th April, the SSS Women lost 3-1 to

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Youth & Schools Commission Report This year has been another successful one for youths and schools in our sport and I would like to thank my commission members for their contribution. Our commission met its KPI’s within the SVA operational plan 2015-16 set by SVA Board and sportscotland. We host our annual full commission meeting in August to plan and evaluate the work of this commission and consider recruitment to support our objectives. Our new Regional Development Officers, our Club and Participation Manager and our Coaching Manager have proved invaluable. Together we have works in conjunction with Active Schools to create new links with volunteers, schools and clubs and work closely with them to upskill and increase participation. Several extra-curricular clubs have emerged through these new links to allow Volleyball to be introduced to more children across the country. School Festivals saw around 1350 children from P5 to S6, many of whom were brand new to the sport, having a fantastic time learning new skills while competing against their peers, undertaking officiating roles and making new friends from other schools. Nationally, 42 schools participated in the festivals on offer and my personal thanks go to Lynne Beattie, Andrew Fleming and Graeme Spowart for organising and delivering these fantastic events. Last year saw an increase in the number of festivals offered to cope with demand from the previous year. In line with all the work going on in schools and spaces filled up fast. However, as festivals drew closer, there were a significant number of late cancellations. We must address the reasons for this and to support schools in participating where possible. Scottish Schools Cup had an overall increase of participants this year and my thanks go to Calderhead High School for accommodating this year’s finals and allowing another great spectacle with excellent parental and school support. The Super Cup once again had a good number of entrants with the finals held during Cup Finals Weekend at The Pleasance delivering an example of the high level of play in this competition. Part of the work of the commission is to continue to convert the new faces at this competition into SVL Junior players.

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Junior Scottish Volleyball League and Junior Scottish Cup entries remained the same from last year and it has been another year of great development in these youngsters which was evident at the finals. Thanks to Ravenscraig and The Pleasance for hosting the finals. The School Games in Manchester 2015 were highly successful for Scottish Volleyball where 48 athletes and 12 coaches represented their country. All were an absolute credit to their country, school, club, family and themselves and made a significant amount of progress over the course of the preparations and competition. Scotland East Girls took 4th place, Scotland East Boys won Bronze Medals, Scotland West Boys won Silver Medals and our Scotland West Girls won Gold Medals! A great cause for celebration of the volume of hours put into preparing for this event during the whole year by players, coaches, support staff and parents alike! Preparations are underway, selections made and everyone is excited for the games in Loughborough 2016. The opportunity must be taken to congratulate all those selected, and also to recognise the high standard of all those who came along to trials but were not successful on this occasion. The School Games is a replica of a major multi-sport event such as the Olympics and is designed to give athletes their first experience so that they know what to expect when their time comes for the real thing! . Officiating qualifications were achieved by many juniors again this season to increase the bank of qualified referees delivering at SVL junior. Many juniors took the first step on the coaching ladder by sitting their Introductory Award, UKCC Level I or UKCC Level II. Well done to all involved. Volunteers are at the heart of all of these opportunities on offer to young people and we would like to thank every one of them for their personal contribution and time they provide to make these things happen. The Y&S Commission will continue to build for the future of Volleyball in line with the SVA 201317 Strategic Plan and we look forward to another year of development in the sport. Members: Graeme Spowart, Ian Brownlee, Claire Crowe, Jess Reid and Tom Rooney. Heather Brownlee President, Youth & Schools Commission


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Senior Beach National Teams Report The summer of 2015 began in the knowledge that the Scottish Women's squad had qualified for Round 4 of the Continental Cup - a fantastic achievement. The event was scheduled for September 2015 in Greece and we kept training and looking forward to this. The Scottish Beach Tour, the English Tour and some CEV Satellites were planned in order to keep competitive. Mel Coutts and Lynne Beattie entered the CEV Satellite event in Vaduz, Liechtenstein and, with a wildcard into the main draw, proceeded to take on the Austrian number 1 seeds. It took our girls the first set to get going, but in the second set they performed really well, losing eventually 21-11, 21-19. As it was doubleelimination, Coutts and Beattie had to win the next match to stay in the competition, however lost to a Swiss team to go out 21-14, 21-15. The rest of the summer was training and playing in British tournaments, before heading out to Thessaloniki, Greece, 5-6 September. Prior to the event the women's training squad was working hard and competition for places was tight. The squad that was eventually selected, after much deliberation, was: Team 1: Lynne Beattie & Mel Coutts Team 2: Catherine Smy & Joanne Morgan Reserve: Jennifer Thom Coach: Colin Paterson We were drawn against Greece, Finland and Azerbaijan, however at the Technical Meeting we discovered that Azerbaijan had not arrived, so we had to beat only one country to progress, with the top two teams to qualify through to Round 5. That was still a tough task! Greece had Arvaniti/Tsiartsiani, World Tour and multiple-Olympians in their squad and Finland, after some recent strong results were seeded above Greece, but we were up for the challenge! Both Scotland teams faced Finland first. Finland's first team of Lehtonen and Lahti was looking very strong and were first up for Smy

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and Morgan. We played hard and fought for every point, however the Finnish team were too strong and took the match 21-9, 21-12. Coutts and Beattie took on the Finnish second team of Hasu and Parkkinen. We thought we had a good chance against this team, but didn't put away the chances when we had them and ultimately went down 21-14, 21-13. This meant we had to beat Greece on their home turf in order to progress in the competition. Smy and Morgan played with more confidence against Arvaniti and Tsiartsiani, whose superior experience and quality and won the match 21-10, 21-10. Beattie and Coutts had been training with the Greek second team during the year and knew what to expect but sadly missed chances resulted in a 21-14, 21-18 loss. Although very disappointed not to progress into Round 5, we take encouragement from progress made in a very short space of time. To get this far was an unprecedented achievement for Scotland. We now need to maintain momentum, continue developing new players and keep competing against other nations in order to improve and progress further in our next competition. Our junior programmes are now under way and we hope that anyone who is interested will get in touch with the SVA Office for further advice and information. With the announcement in March 2016 that Beach Volleyball is to be included in the Commonwealth Games for the first time in the Gold Coast, Australia 2018, it is a tremendous boost for our sport and a wonderful target for everyone to focus on, for 2018 and beyond. To round off a very exciting year, we are delighted to welcome the first ever Small Countries Beach Volleyball tournament to Perth in May, which will be a fantastic springboard into international Beach Volleyball for our athletes and coaches. Colin Paterson Beach National Team Coach


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Senior Women’s National Team Programme

It was very pleasing though that all 12 players in the squad were given significant court time during the tournament.

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The players should take great heart looking to the future as all the players in the Scotland under 23 team, which competed this season against the Scottish Students are in or have graduated from the YS programme as indeed did some of the multi national Students team. The Scotland Senior Women's team, which has just qualified for the SC Senior Women's finals, contained 6 players who have moved up from the YS squad in the last few seasons.

2015/16 was a further highpoint for the YSW squad with players from the squad in coach Jess Reid's West of Scotland Schools' team defeating the English Junior Women in the final of the UK School Games in Manchester in September 2015. The East team finished a very close 4th in the same games and Scotland YS players picked up 3 of the 6 best players awards. The squad then began the long preparation for the Small Countries European Championships at Easter 2016 with training intensifying during Xmas 2015 and beyond We had our greatest ever number of high quality players training with squad over this season and we had to make some very difficult decisions in our selection for the tournament. This year the SCD European Championships were brilliantly hosted by the Scottish Volleyball Association and Scotland's games were played in front of enthusiastic sell out crowds. The players responded incredibly well at the start of the tournament defeating Wales and a very competent Faroe Islands team by 3 sets to nil but a strong serving Luxembourg and a very powerful Cyprus were too strong for the home players which consigned the Scots to a repeat of the bronze medal they had won 2 years before.

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Sincerest thanks are due to Tom Rooney and Aileen Hall who provide amazing support to this group on the coaching and administration front and to Lynne Beattie and Andrew Fleming and Graeme Spowart who are doing great work as the SVA's regional development officers, to the associations head office staff who created such a brilliant SC Euro finals and to Margaret Ann Fleming our CEO and the SVA for their continued support of this youth programme. Of course, we must also thank the club and school coaches who invest so much high quality time in the players and parents/ guardians who give up their time and finances to support their children and the great group of dedicated athletes themselves. The YS training group is open to aspiring young athletes aged from 12 to 18 years old and young athletes interested in training with the group should contact the SVA's office directly by phone or email or through their school or club. Vince Krawczyk Head Coach to the YSW squad


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There is a fantastic staffing team to support the squad:

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Lynne Beattie: Assistant Coach Gail Campbell: Team Manager Sarah Jones: Physiotherapist

Further to the success of the senior team in securing silver in the Small Countries Division in May 2015, there was a gap in the programme while the association worked on replacing Head Coach Craig Faill. I was delighted and honoured to be appointed Head Coach of the senior team, the first task being to prepare a team for the CEV qualifiers in Luxembourg in June 2016 where we will face Iceland, Northern Ireland and Luxembourg.

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Training began in earnest in January 2016 with a clear focus on improving physical conditioning and hitting weight. The squad itself is a dedicated group of individuals, with a healthy mix of experience and youth. They display a drive to get better and are already showing signs of gelling as a team. The squad has embraced the regular testing of various physical elements required to be a great volleyball athlete.


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Selection of the 12 players to make the team will take place at the end of May, and a training and conditioning programme is in place right up to the final weekend before we head off to Luxembourg. We all look forward to testing ourselves to achieve 1st place in the upcoming competition. Mel Coutts SWNT Head Coach

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Scottish Volleyball Association National Team Programme Senior Men May 2015 saw the final practice sessions in preparation for the SCD Final in Luxembourg in June. The home based players were joined by players based abroad, namely Mark McGivern, Seain Cook and Chris Lamont, who successfully integrated into the squad. The Final in Luxembourg saw our team return home with the bronze medal. We took care of the Faroe Islands, winning 3-0, but came up short against old rivals Cyprus and Luxembourg, losing 3-0 to both. The Cyprus match could have been won, as we took more than 20 points in each set. We did however win two individual awards with Mark McGivern winning Best Blocker for the tournament and Stuart MacKenzie winning Best Receiver. Also, the tournament produced first senior caps for Graeme Spowart, Scott Wilson, Connor Boyle, Marc McLaughlin and Stuart MacKenzie. The new Practice and Development Programme commenced in November 2015, and again integrated YS players with Seniors, similar to the previous season. The objective for the season was to qualify from the SCD tournament in Iceland in May 2016. Our opponents will be Cyprus, Andorra and Iceland. A top two finish will allow us to reach the SCD Final which will be again held in Iceland in 2017. The tournament is

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doubling up as a World Championship Qualifier, which gives added emphasis for qualification. There were two new coaches added to the staff this season – Ally Jack from City of Edinburgh and Kevin Chisholm from Dundee. Both were heavily involved in this season’s Power League events, which mainly took place at Edinburgh University’s Sports Hall. There were four teams who took part, two from the YS squad and two from the Senior squad. The format was round robin consisting of four events. The Power League was a great success once again, with all players, Junior and Senior, demonstrating the required attitude and commitment to produce exciting play. We thank the Referee’s Commission for their excellent support in providing referees for all of the Power League matches. A big thanks to all of the coaching staff, players and referees, for making this season’s programme a massive success. Particular thanks goes to Iaonnis Pannayiotakis, the SVA Coaching Manager, for all his assistance with the programme. Now we look forward to our qualifying tournament in May. Hopefully we can qualify for the final in 2017, and also the next round of the World Championships. Bring on Brazil ! John Swan Team Manager, Senior Men National Team


Over the course of season 2015/16, the focus of the young senior men’s programme was on the preparation for the SCD European Championships for U20 men, held in April in Cyprus. The team played a series of qualifying matches, followed by crossovers and finally achieved a bronze medal in the 3rd/4thplayoff match. Over the course of the tournament, the quality of play increased, with perhaps our best showing against a very strong Cyprus team in the semi-final. The preparation programme asked for a great commitment from the squad, totalling 23 days of practice and Power League matches over two years. This season’s process began in October 2015 when the squad of 28 players began training in twin court facilities alongside the senior men’s team under the overall guidance of Thomas Dowens, assisted by Simon Coleman, Doug Crockart and Bill Stobie. Throughout the year, many of the squad also participated in junior and senior national league teams. The support of the clubs in engaging with these competitions was critical to the development of the players and added greatly to the programme.

other teams were involved, Scotland Senior One and Scotland Senior Two, these teams coming from the senior team training squad. The series of matches was well supported by the referees’ commission who used the match series to host a grade 3 refereeing course. Many thanks are due to Albert Jaster and John Swan for their, as ever, enthusiastic help with this. The Power League offered the opportunity to play in 36 tough sets against high quality opposition, testing the young men’s determination to compete and resilience in the face of incessant pressure. The key themes of ‘thinking clearly under pressure’ and ‘when pushed, push back’ were tested to destruction. The process was extremely hard, educational but ultimately very beneficial. This final stage of the preparation programme was critical to the success of the team in Cyprus.

Once again, the Christmas Camp at the Ravenscraig Regional Centre, over 4 days was extremely beneficial for the Power League matches that followed. The assistance of North Lanarkshire Council was again greatly appreciated.

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After the Christmas Camp the original squad was cut to 19, split into two teams, Scotland YS One and Scotland YS Two, which took part in the Power League matches held over 3 Sundays between January and March. Two

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The Coaching Staff for 2015/16 continued from the previous year with the addition of Jenny Jones for the trip to Cyprus. This stability allowed the players to continue the learning process uninterrupted and permitted continued support from the coaching team, building well on the foundations laid in the previous year. The staff deserves thanks for their dedication, commitment and never ending enthusiasm to the programme.

volleyball’s very own Tartan Army. The input of this support and its contribution to the programme’s success can never be underestimated. The support of the SVA office staff throughout the year also contributed much. During the two year build up, the players have worked immensely hard to improve their game to the point where they competed as well as any previous team, notably in the semi-final match against Cyprus.

Staff Group of combined programme; • • • •

Thomas Dowens – Head Coach John Scrimgeour – Assistant Coach Bill Stobie – Team Manager and Assistant Coach Simon Coleman – Head of Delegation and Assistant Coach • Douglas Crockart – Assistant Coach • Jennifer Jones – Physiotherapist

Once again, a huge thanks is due to the players’ parents who selflessly engage with the task of ensuring their boys are always prepared and on time for training. A significant number also travelled to Cyprus to form

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The success of the YS programme over 2015/16, as part of the overall Combined Men’s National Team Programme, has been due to the hard work of many disparate people contributing their co-operative efforts to the cause. Once again, through the graft of the players and support received, another cohort of dedicated, talented individuals is emerging from the programme. Bill Stobie Team Manager, Young Senior Men’s National Team


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Statistical Report 2014-2015

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In Summary, the affiliated and active members of our Association as at 30 April 2016 is as follows:Club & School Affiliation Affiliated Clubs Registered Teams Affiliated Schools

75 191 60

Individual Membership Affiliation Senior Membership 1460 Junior/School Membership 895 Associate Membership 167 Total 2522 Newly Qualified Coaches Level 1 UKCC 1 and 2 SVA Beach

Male 79 30 10

Female 45 23 11

Registered Coaches

140

82

Newly Qualified Referees International Grade 3 Grade 4

Male 2 2 36

Female 0 5 27

Registered Referees

121

76

Player Registration Premier League 1 League 2 University District Junior Regional Beach

Male 66 70 109 193 242 56 51 82

Female 69 126 0 280 224 178 93 36

Sub Totals

869

1006

Total Player Registrations

1875

School Festivals Category P5 – P7 P7/S1 S2/S3 S4/5/6

Number of Teams 27 118 123 49

Number of Players 65 370 512 403

Number of Teams 10 20 19

Number of Players 50 120 171

Scottish School Cup Category P7/S1 S2/S3 S4/5/6

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