Since taking the part time role of CDC funded by Volleyball England, in April 2010, we have managed to coach in 34 schools in the Dorset Area, mainly targeting secondary schools.
The position has been assisted by funding from Schools Sport Partnership’s, Sport Unlimited Grant through Active Dorset, and additional coaching through Bournemouth Council. This has also been complemented by my part time role coaching at Bournemouth University.
It has been very rewarding to get Volleyball introduced again in the North of Dorset, where we have managed to deliver into four secondary schools, as well as four primary schools. This enabled us to run a tournament in the region for 14 teams, with 6 schools being represented after just three months of Coaching.
In the last school term, we have delivered over 350 sessions in the local schools, run 3 outdoor schools grass tournaments, plus have the first schools beach tournament running the Friday before sandbanks later this month. We have also delivered coaching at 10 beach festivals that has introduced volleyball to over 800 school children over this period. The sessions have also included working with Poole and Bournemouth Colleges (FESCO), for whom we have run sessions indoors and on the beach.
We have also run Schools Tournaments for Individual Schools (Lytchett Minster event had over 250 children playing on one day over 8 courts), mostly in the “Schools Sports Week”, and these events have proved very popular.
We are currently using seven level 2/3 coaches to deliver these sessions, and helping with delivering these events. We have also recruited additional two level 1 coaches, through this school term, who have gained invaluable experience. Bournemouth University has also provided Volunteers to help with the tournaments and the Beach fests.
It is the intention to run additional tournaments in the next school term, and also have extra club after school sessions, where the coaches can further develop the young local players.
We have managed to get a total of 5 permanent beach courts in situ, two at Sandbanks, plus three at Boscombe, and these courts have been so successful that both Poole and Bournemouth Council’s are looking at the possibility of adding additional courts.
Throughout the summer we have been running junior sessions on the beach, and it has been very exciting that we now got a regular session running at Boscombe on a Wednesday night in addition to the Monday sessions at Sandbanks. The total of juniors that have attended these sessions on weekly basis is averaging at 90 per week.
There has been at least 3 senior sessions run through the week, and Rich Cannon has been instrumental in organizing sessions on the weekends at Boscombe, which has also attracted a high volume of players.
We have also had the GB Beach players training at both Sandbanks and Boscombe, and the GB Development players have already had two training weeks in the area, and will be doing additional training on our beaches throughout the summer.
Additional Events that have been held on our Beaches to date that we have been involved in include the Chris Evans Show, with GB Women players competing in a fun event, Two demonstration matches over two days at the Sand Beach Polo, The VE national Student Cup that attracted 90 teams in the pairs competition, plus 24 teams in the mixed fours competition, plus the first leg of the South West Junior Beach Tour at Boscombe.
We are busy planning the schedule for the next school term, with a target to deliver into an additional 14 schools in the area over the next two terms, which would take the schools that we are coaching in to 50 in a year.
There will be changes in the funding of the next few months, so I will be concentrating on getting additional funding to try and keep the current level of coaching in the schools sustainable.
It is out intention to start looking at increasing the participation numbers, increasing the schools competition, and try and get additional players and teams into the PBVA league. This will be hopefully achieved by running additional development sessions and also trying to recruit the recreational beach players into in the indoor game.
Please feel free to contact me for any additional information, and if you able to assist on any of the above.