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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.


WED 9h OCTOBER 2019 (7pm – 10pm)

ALL teams MUST attend the meeting to make their fixtures if they intend to play in the MVL 2019/ 2020 Season.
Only in exceptional circumstances will teams be allowed to enter if they don’t attend, and a fine will be imposed.

Could teams please contact Brian Kendall ASAP as to which divisions they wish to play in 2019-20.
2 men’s & 2 women’s divisions are proposed. Normal automatic promotion & relegation will be applied, but this can be reviewed in exceptional circumstances.

Annual fees will remain the same:
Normal Team Affiliation:         £35                              New Teams:                £20
Surety (for New Teams):        £15                              Under 18 Teams:        £20

– These are payable at the meeting – if you require an Invoice in advance, please let Brian Kendall know.
– I am discussing a “block affiliation“ with Volleyball England for teams not in direct affiliation to VE. If they agree, this will cost an extra small fee but would hopefully include insurance.