Volleyball England an ounces 34% cut in its central funding

Sport England has today confirmed that Volleyball England’s annual funding is to be cut by 34%. This reduction in funding is in line with the cuts applied to most other National Governing Bodies (NGBs).


The announcement means that Volleyball England (VE) has been given £422,000 to sustain its activities from April 1 until September 30.

During that time, VE will make its full four year funding submission (for 2017-2021) to Sport England, with this initial amount to be deducted from whatever is subsequently awarded.

The budget reduction means that VE will now restructure its head office operations in Loughborough to better align itself with Sport England’s strategy of supporting the core market of existing players and programmes.

This will result in job losses as well as the termination of some existing initiatives. This restructuring will take place quickly so that a more appropriate structure is in place by April 1.

Commenting on the announcement, Keith Nicholls, Acting President of Volleyball England, said: “It is with great sadness that I announce that redundancies are inevitable within the constraints of our new budget. Decisions on the future shape of our workforce will be made quickly to give departing staff as much time as possible to find alternative employment before their current contracts expire. I would ask the volleyballing community to be patient with us at this time as we work through what will be an unsettling and difficult few weeks.”

VE’s new structure will be designed to support grass roots volleyball and to provide the professional resources which the sport’s extensive volunteer base needs, while at the same time maintaining some support for high performance talent pathways. The organisation is determined to adopt much more of a collaborative approach, with central resource and volunteers working together as a team on a project-by-project basis.

Nicholls continued: “Now, more than ever, we are going to need our volleyballing volunteers to help maintain our current activities and to keep growing the sport. As a governing body, we therefore need to ensure that our resources are deployed as effectively as possible to support that volunteer body, without whom there would be no volleyball in this country.”

“A few weeks ago, I said that we wanted to refresh and renew our governing body. Our interim funding announcement was delayed because Sport England wanted to see improvements in our governance and in our leadership structures. We have already done this. Now we must reconnect with our core market and that means all clubs and players, not just the elite top tier. These are difficult times but I hope that we will emerge as a stronger governing body as a result – and with a more productive relationship with our volunteer base.”

If you would like to contact VE about what this announcement may mean for volleyball in your region, please contact us at iwanttohelp@volleyballengland.org (mailto:iwanttohelp@volleyballengland.org) .

Details of the amounts awarded to other NGBs in the February round of funding announcements can be found on the Sport England website (https://www.sportengland.org/media/11539/2017-21-national-governing-bodies-of-sport-funding-feb-2017.pdf) .

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

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Join Reading Aces Christmas dinner, 25th of November!

Dear all,


We are pleased to invite you for our annual Christmas dinner, as last year, held at Smokin Billy’s restaurant on Friday the 25th of November at 8pm.

Where: Smokin Billy’s, 61, St. Mary’s Butts, Reading, RG1 2LG, Tel: 0118 957 3500
Time: from 8pm
What: a la carte dinner (BBQ American menu), karaoke after dinner
Parking: Broad Street Shopping cen
RSVP: to anastasia_antipina@yahoo.co.uk or even better on here Reading Aces Christmas dinner ASAP (deadline by 18th of November)
Deposit: £10/person if coming to be paid to your team responsible / coach by 22th of November (please pay as I’ve to pre-pay my own money)

All can join, friends, husbands, wifes, partners, sisters, brothers, just let me know how many of you are coming.

Looking forward to seeing you there. Please contact me if you have any questions. 

Best wishes, 
Anastasia 
07525124970

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First win for NVL ladies

Huge congratulations to our NVL ladies for winning their last weekend’s game against Portsmouth in straight sets 25-23, 25-17, 25-23. MVP Christine Brown. Ladies played brilliantly all of their three games but unfortunately couldn’t win previous ones. Results: Reading Aces vs Cambridge 0:3 (25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 19-25) MVP Carol and Bristol vs Reading Aces 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 26-24, 24-26, 9-15), MVP Anete Brivule.

Ladies are travelling to Birmingham today. Good luck!

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Don’t miss our first social at Wokingham Bowling

Dear Reading Aces

It’s time for our first social. As last year we’re heading to Wokingham Bowling. We have made a provisional booking for 3 lanes, 2 games from 7pm on Friday 28th October. The cost per person is £8.95, or £14.95 to include the meal deal (£12.95) for a smaller meal for under 18s.

The current booking is for 18 people, but we were the first booking for that evening, so if we have a rush of replies we are sure we will be able to extend. Please reply if you’re interested to anastasia_antipina@yahoo.co.uk or “like” our Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/228993187518029 before 23rd of October. You’re welcome to bring a friend, just tell us how many you’re.

We would prefer payment to guarantee the slot, but will be able to refund if they do not come as we only pay the final amount when we turn up on the day. Please prepay to Claire or Geoff next Tuesday.

As we don’t have a social secretary, we need a volunteer to manage the event on site. Any takers please? Won’t involve much of organisation, just to welcome people, tell them where to go, liaise with the bowling staff if needed, etc.

Looking forward to see you there.
Reading Aces Committee

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Our indoor trainings start tomorrow! 

Just a friendly reminder that our ​indoor trainings start from tomorrow as following  :

– Junior & beginners training: Monday, the 5th of September at 7:30 pm at Kendrick school, Reading (RG1 5BN)

– “Open” Club night  (all are welcome): Monday, the 5th of September at 8:30 pm at Kendrick school  (sessions run after Juniors)

– NVL (National Volleyball League) ladies & BVA (local league) ladies and men: Tuesday, the 6th of September at 7:30 pm at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre in Lower Earley (RG6 4GD)

See you soon!

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Indoor trainings start date

What a fab summer filled with outdoor tournaments and trainings in the park we are having! Just want to let you know that our indoor trainings start as following:

Junior & beginners training: Monday, the 5th of September at 7:30 pm at Kendrick school, Reading (RG1 5BN)

“Open” Club night  (all are welcome): Monday, the 5th of September at 8:30 pm at Kendrick school  (sessions run after Juniors)

NVL (National Volleyball League) ladies & BVA (local league) ladies and men: Tuesday, the 6th of September at 7:30 pm at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre in Lower Earley (RG6 4GD)

See you soon and enjoy the sun! 

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