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Des Jeffers Tournament

Our curtain raiser early-season tournaments for Men and Women are being held at Woodchurch High School. The women’s tournament is on Sunday, October 31st and the men’s on Sunday, November 14th. Both will run from 12:00 until 5:00pm. Entry is £30 per team.

As things stand we have 10 women’s entries and 8 mens. I am awaiting confirmation from Isle of Man Men and Women who could add two extra teams. I’ve listed the entries in the table below. If your team isn’t on the list and you want to play please get back to me as soon as you can. Final date for payment for the women’s tournament October 23rd, final date for men’s November 6th.


Des Jeffers Entries
Club Des Jeffers Men Des Jeffers Women
Chester Chester Men  
Chester Titans   Amazons
Everton   Everton Rhinos
Fairfield Fairfield  
Frodsham Frodsham Frodsham
Hoylake   Hurricanes
Liverpool Liverpool A Liverpool A
  Liverpool U18 ? Liverpool B
Royals Royals  
Warrington Warrington Warrington
Wigan Seahawks   Seahawks
Wirral   Wirral A
    Wirral Juniors
Wirral Rebels Rebels A  
  Rebels B  
Isle of Man IoM Men IoM Women

Alan Bell

Secretary Merseyside League

Annual AGM & Fixture Meeting

Date: Tuesday, October 5th
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Alder Sports Club, Alder Road, Liverpool. L12 2AY

Information for Clubs
MVL website    
Acting Chair               Andrew Fuller. Tel 07931 791036, email <>
Secretary                    Alan Bell. Tel 07540 309932, email <>

League Entry
All teams that wish to play in the Merseyside League must attend this meeting to make their fixtures for the coming season. Entries should be made by completing the registration form under <INFO> on the MVL website.

Election of Officers at AGM
Unfortunately Brian Kendall is unable to continue as League Chair and Treasurer. The League urgently needs a new chair and treasurer and the opportunity has been taken to review the some of the other posts set out in our constitution. A list of the proposed new posts together with outline job descriptions has been sent in a separate email together with a call for nominations. In view of the short time available before the AGM a Special General Meeting of the existing committee agreed to waive the requirement for 21 days notice of nominations and to accept nominations submitted up to Tuesday, September 28th. Posts to be filled include Chair and Treasurer a Publicity and promotions officer and a Junior development officer. Please call me if you need more information.

Fees for 2021-22
We propose that annual fees should remain the same as in 2019-20 (to be confirmed at AGM). However, since the 2019/20 season had to be abandoned before the matches were completed in any division it has been decided to declare all the results void. Teams that participated in 2019/20 offered a discount on their 2021/22 entry and will be asked to pay £20 for their registration fee.

Normal team affiliation                      £35
Discounted fee                                  £20
New teams                                        £20
U18 teams                                         £20
Surety for new teams                        £15

These fees must be paid at the Fixture Meeting
If you require an invoice or wish to pay by bank transfer please contact me at least a week before the meeting.
Volleyball England Affiliation will be discussed at the AGM.

Could all teams (including new teams) reply by email at least two days before the meeting to indicate the division they would like to play in in the coming season – assuming we will continue to have two men’s and two women’s divisions – this will save time at the fixture meeting. Normal automatic promotion and relegation will be applied to the 2019-20 league tables but we recognise that post COVID some teams will wish to claim exceptional circumstances for this year’s league entry.

Des Jeffers Tournaments
The MVL runs men’s and women’s curtain raiser tournaments at the end of October/ early November to help get the season started.
Provisional dates (to avoid clashes with NVL)
Women :         Sunday, October 31 at Woodchurch Sports Centre
Men:               Sunday, November 14 at Woodchurch Sports Centre 

Dates, times etc. will be finalised before the Fixture Meeting. You should be prepared to confirm your entry and pay the entry fee of £20 at the Fixture Meeting.
These tournaments are on Sundays and have been held at Woodchurch Sports Centre for the last 5 years.
Let me know if you’d like to put forward an alternative venue – it must have two courts and be available on Sundays for at least 5 hours.

Alan Bell
Merseyside Volleyball League Secretary

Minutes of the meeting can be found under Info/League Info:
Meeting Minutes – Merseyside Volleyball League (

MVL Season 2021/22

I’m sure you will all be very pleased to learn that we plan to start the MVL league once again starting in October – assuming there is enough interest of course!

We are currently trying to organise the usual AGM and fixture meeting in the first week of October which all teams will be required to attend to make fixtures.
Details of this meeting will be communicated when confirmed.

However it would be good if we could get feedback from all teams that are interested in entering this year ASAP.  Could I therefore please ask clubs to complete the Team Registration form ASAP for each team you are interested in entering.
Team Registration

If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything related to the new season, please don’t hesitate to contact Alan Bell:

H: 01244 671095
M: 07768 276935

Return to Volleyball

We don’t usually play outdoor volleyball at this time of year but the weather has been kind in April for the last few years and our players, like many of yours I’m sure, are very keen to get back to competitive volleyball. I am therefore circulating a proposal to canvass opinion among MVL clubs on setting up some organised outdoor activity, either in the form of men’s and women’s Sunday leagues or as one-off mini tournaments. We will need to have effective arrangements in place to cancel and rearrange to cope with ups and downs on the weather front so I suggest a formalised system of pitch inspections to be carried out by hosts in advance of matches. I think it will also be necessary for fixtures and rearrangements (using dates supplied in advance by clubs)  to be managed centrally to get the flexibility we will need,

Outdoor volleyball comes out of lockdown restrictions on March 29. Volleyball England issued some detailed guidance on managing the return last Saturday.

For full guidance click here

Covid19 Officer Job Description

Summarising briefly:

  • sessions can have up to 32 participants split between two courts
  • a COVID officer must be appointed to every session
  • a register must be kept for track and trace purpose
  • no spectators allowed
  • players bring their own food and drink – no sharing
  • social distancing should be maintained off court
  • ball wiping and hand sanitation required every 30 minutes
  • avoidance of face to face drills recommended
  • one official or coach per court.

Men’s and Women’s Leagues

  • held on Sundays, duration 3 hours starting between 11am and 2pm
  • played on grass courts as mini-tournaments
  • hosted by volunteer clubs
  • two outdoor courts
  • 5 teams per round
  • short game format – 2 sets to 25 or best of three to 15
  • off-court team referees on both courts


  • charge of £5 per team to go to hosts
  • hosts provide COVID officer for event
  • hosts responsible for providing outdoor courts and sending in results
  • hosts responsible for pitch inspection and confirming conditions playable at least 2 hours before start time
  • MVL organisers responsible for fixture programme – clubs can choose preferred dates when they sign up.
  • MVL organiser maintains and publishes results and weekly league tables online.

Stand-alone Mini Tournaments

  • Organisation and rules as above but with a final between winners and runners-up of each pool of five competition.


There are some outstanding question:

  1. would you like to sign up? – give team name
  2. could you offer to host?
  3. would you prefer to play 4 or 6 a side?
  4. would you prefer men’s and women’s Sunday leagues organised over 8 to 10 weeks or one-off mini tournaments?

Have you any additional comments or suggestions?

Alan Bell

Secretary Merseyside League

Covid19 – MVL Suspension

In line with the announcement today from Volleyball England, the MVL has taken the difficult decision to suspend all leagues from 9am on Tue 17th March.

VE Statement

As the impact of the coronavirus is likely worsen in the weeks ahead, this decision has been taken with the health and safety of players, their friends and families and the wider community in mind.  Although it seems unlikely that the leagues will be able to be restarted before the planned end of the season, a final decision will be taken in the next couple of weeks.

Although this will be disappointing for everyone concerned, I’m sure you can understand this decision.
Further details will follow as we have them.

MVL Committee


XXI Summer Cup 2020


The organization of the XXI Summer Cup 2020 has the pleasure of inviting your prestigious team to participate in the 21th edition of this International Tournament of Volleyball.

This event takes place between July 8th – July 12th 2020 in Vila da Lousã – Portugal (located about 28 km from Coimbra) .

The tournament is aimed to teams from the following age groups:

  •  Under 14 (“Infantis”) boys and girls: born in 2006 and after;
  •  Under 15 (“Iniciados”) boys and girls: born in 2005 and after;
  •  Under 16 (“Cadetes”) boys and girls: born in 2004 and after;
  •  Under 19 (“Juvenis”) boys and girls: born in 2001 and after.

Main Goals:
a) To extend the 2019/2020 season, thus encouraging the teams to continue training after the standard season.
b) To mark the end of the season with a tournament, where the parties and the moments of fraternization between the teams are a constant, and which give this event unique features of festive atmosphere.
c) Gather the family of European/ International youth volleyball in Lousã and adjacent municipalities.
d) Equally, this event allows the coaches to test the teams and the players of the 2020/2021 season. This means that the teams may also bring some younger players (born in 2007).

Attached you can find all the information!  Info

Best regards,
Luis Vidal (+351 911516206)

Christmas Tournament

SAT 14th DEC  1PM – 4PM

We’re trying to raise funds for the NW Volleyball’s U15s & U17s teams to take part in a number of competitions over the season.

All money raised will go towards helping the juniors & it’ll be a great day, we might even run to mince pies..…!


Player Registration

All teams must register their players (using the online form) by the end of Oct or before their first match – whichever is the soonest.

Please indicate the Name, Nationality, and whether Starred or an NVL player on the form.

All registrations MUST include a photo of the player.