In partnership with the CEV, Scottish Volleyball have been working with the CEV to build a robust platform to grow school level volleyball as part of the CEV Schools Project. #NETSETGO has concentrated on introducing the game earlier, with Primary School pupils and teachers being the primary focus for our project in 3 key areas across Scotland.
We wanted to show young people that volleyball was an option for them as early as primary school and present a pathway to club volleyball through fantastic partnership working between the SVA, Volleyball Clubs, Active Schools, sportscotland, Local Authorities and Young Leadership programmes.
Educating teachers has been a priority, as we know how valuable they are in
developing our sport across the school pathway. With the support of CEV, we have started to collate some great ideas and content for teachers to use within a school setting and we are now seeing the benefits of sharing this nationally.
Nationally the project has worked with over 450 primary age students and delivered Talent days, Master classes, Teacher CPD, Leadership training and Volleyball Festivals. The project has also supplied 6 brand new SVK5 Mikasa Volleyballs to each cluster primary school & 6 brand new SK5 Mikasa Volleyballs and a Mikasa volleyball net to each High School to help support the future delivery of such events and sessions.
What we have achieved with this project has exceeded our expectations, not just in terms of numbers of players and teachers involved, but the quality of sessions and events with which we have delivered as a result of these great partnerships, and we are really excited to further develop the project going forward into next year.
In Strathaven, over 170 primary school pupils were introduced to the sport of volleyball through coaching sessions by local club coaches and the SVA. To further support this development, the SVA delivered a Young Leaders Award to train senior pupils up to be able to continue the development in the school longer term.
To celebrate this project, we hosted a volleyball festival at Strathaven Academy and we were delighted to be joined by CEV staff; Vuk Karanovic and Kristof De Loose. Kristoff delivered an inspiring session for the young people, presenting a unique and fun way to introduce volleyball to beginners. The SVA are now using his ideas to develop and inspire teachers around the country.