Welcome to the website of the British Volleyball Federation. This site contains information on the Great Britain Beach, Indoor and Sitting Volleyball squads as they continue their progress after a sucessful 2012 London Olympic Games.
After terrific progress and great performances from GB Volleyball athletes in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, what happens now?
British Performance Volleyball is going through a very interesting and challenging time at the moment, the Zero Rio Funding awarded by UK Sport to Volleyball and Sitting Volleyball, as well as the somewhat limited Small Sport Funding to two of our Beach Volleyball women, all combines to concentrate the mind on the best way forward for the performance end of our sport.
We have begun working with the four Home Nations, UK Sport officials, partners, and with senior officials from CEV and FIVB who have all offered to work with us to ensure we find the best way forward for GBR teams. All bodies recognise that what we achieved, in raising the competitive level of GBR teams over the past few years, has been hugely significant, with GBR teams now occupying lofty world rankings having progressed from very low levels from five years ago.
CEV and FIVB have recently decided that the GBR recognition agreement, which was in place up to the end of the London Games, will not be extended for the moment, meaning the Home Nation countries have the opportunity to participate in early rounds of the 2014 FIVB World Championships. It is a matter for the Home Nation volleyball associations to decide whether they have the funding and time to prepare their teams. To recognise future progress, and build on what has been achieved, we have been offered the opportunity for GBR teams to participate in the annual European League competitions from 2014, conditional to agreeing an appropriate 4 year plan with FIVB, Home Nations and with the British Government. Work on this plan is already underway.
Although the main British Volleyball office in the EIS Sheffield is closing, and all current full-time staff will be gone by late March, the BVF Board, led by President Richard Callicott and Home Nation representatives, will continue working hard to find partners and sponsors who would be interested to work with us to ensure British athletes continue to participate at the very highest level of what is a major world Sport.
If you would like to investigate the possibility of becoming involved with supporting our great athletes on the continuing journey of British Volleyball please do not hesitate to get in touch with the BVF through firstname.lastname@example.org
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