New Games to Come.
NI Volleyball and its fellow home nations volleyball federations will look to develop new competitive opportunities for the best young talent as it has been announced that volleyball will not be part of a refreshed schedule for the 2018 UK School Games.
The four National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of Volleyball England, the Scottish Volleyball Federation, Volleyball Wales and Northern Ireland Volleyball, took the decision to no longer be part of the UK School Games as they seek to balance crowded schedules, limited resources and finding creative new ways of developing players in their talent pathways.
Talent Director on the Volleyball England board, Jefferson Williams, says “We can look to create new competitions so the players in our talent pathway improve as much as they can. The demands on the players in our evolving talent pathway are high, so we need to ensure that we maximise our resources and time to help those players reach their potential.
The volunteers who were invaluable in delivering volleyball at the School Games, have not been forgotten either. The NI Volleyball Director, Irena Mihneva, says that volleyball’s volunteers are needed more than ever.
“Without our volunteers, it would not be possible to deliver all the competitions. NI Volleyball is a volunteer-led organisation so our volunteers are always a key part of the planning of any activities.”
While volleyball will no longer be part of the new-look School Games, the event will include some sports which will be debuting in 2018.