Developing volleyball in your school
The Suffolk Volleyball Association has worked with numerous schools throughout the county to help them enhance their volleyball offering. If you would like such assistance, please contact our Chairman.
The Suffolk Volleyball Association works with the Suffolk PE & Sport Network to help schoools organise School Games competitions.
Teachers wanting to prepare teams for these and run Level 1 competitions in their schools can find information on the recommended formats including team sizes, net heights, court sizes and adapted training games for each age-group via the Your School Games website. Additional information, specific to Suffolk and also a link to the refereeing signals can be found here.
The roll-of-honour from previous years can be found here.
Regional talent development squads
Regional squads are available for promising young players. Trials and training sessions are usually held in April, however from 2019-onwards there is now a season-long programme of camps which will help feed the squads. These are sometimes arranged at short notice to fit in with busy end-of-season schedules. For more information, pay keen attention to the SVA Facebook Page, or contact us earlier in the season so that you can be put in contact with the coaches in advance. The SVA can contribute towards travel costs incurred by members of Suffolk clubs travelling to these regional sessions either via reimbursement of public transport costs, or petrol money at the current Volleyball England rate (2015: 25p per mile).
Suffolk Schools and Clubs
The Suffolk Volleyball Association maintains a database of schools, colleges and clubs with junior sessions. If you would like to be added to the database so that you can contact other groups to arrange fixtures, etc, please contact us. The organisations known to offer junior volleyball include:
Bury St Edmunds
- Bury Bobcats Volleyball Club
- Horringer Court (Year 7 and 8)
- County Upper (ages 13 to 18)
- King Edward VI (ages 11 to 18)
- St Benedicts (ages 11 to 18)
Claydon (west of Ipswich)
- Claydon High School (ages 11 to 16)
- Castle Manor Academy (ages 11 to 16)
- Samuel Ward Academy (ages 11 to 16)
- Copleston High School
- Ipswich Ravens Volleyball Club
- Suffolk New College (ages 16+)
- Suffolk One (ages 16+)
Thurston (east of Bury St Edmunds)
- Thurston Community College (ages 13 to 18)
- Farlingaye High School (Year 10)
- Woodbridge School
The recommended court sizes and net heights for junior beach volleyball are as follows. The cut-off date for the age groups is the 1st of January, so children in the same school year group may be eligible for different age groups:
|Age Group||Format||Net Height Girls||Net Height Boys||Court Size|
|U12||2v2||2.15m||2.15m||6m x 6m|
|U13||2v2||2.15m||2.24m||7m x 7m|
|U15||2v2||2.24m||2.35m||8m x 8m|
|U17||2v2||2.24m||2.43m||8m x 8m|
|U19||2v2||2.24m||2,43m||8m x 8m|
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