The Foundation commissioned and published a new book for Coaches by Thomas Dowens MBE, the former Scottish Men's Team and professional development coach. for the Scottish Volleyball Association it is available in both printed and e formats. All profits from the book will be covenanted by the Foundation to the Scottish Volleyball Association (SVA) to support the development of junior and grassroots volleyball in Scotland.
  The Foundation commissioned and published a new book for Coaches  by Thomas Dowens MBE, the former Scottish Men's Team and professional development coach.for the Scottish Volleyball Association it is available in both printed and  e formats. All profits from the book will be covenanted by the Foundation to the Scottish Volleyball Association (SVA) to support the development of junior and grassroots volleyball in Scotland.  
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Facilities for volleyball


The indoor game can only develop and prosper with the provision of  suitably designed and equipped sportshalls. Sadly, in the UK  many potential facilities are hindered by poor design and  inadequate equipment.


This affects not only volleyball but other indoor court games such as basketball,handball and netball. The UK has a long history of outdoor sport and the specialist needs of these sports have been accepted, and significant provision exists. The same cannot be said for the indoor sports where multiple sports and activities are expected to share a single building, which by being multipurpose rarely assists the development of indoor team sports.


Things will not improve until the National Governing Bodies of the indoor team sports press their case to the funders, architects and managers of indoor facilities for the provision of specialist halls for each of these sports. For too long the current inadequate position has been tolerated. Those who wish to see indoor sports achieve the activity levels  common in most other countries need to speak up.


The documents below, written by Keith Nicholls, provide both technical and practical advice for clubs, architects and developers. If you have any queries he is willing to answer them. For contact details see the Consultancy page.




Sports Halls fit for the 21st Century

Sports halls Fit for the 21st Century.pp[...]
Microsoft Power Point presentation [4.3 MB]

Development of Volleyball Facilities.


Download this paper that looks at the reasons why indoor sports halls in the UK are not providing the right facilities for indoor team sports.


Included are suggestions on how to "Create more training space in your hall"

Listings for equipment manufacturers and companies who can install posts and floor fittings.

Design and use of Sports Hall for volley[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.3 MB]

Volleyball England Indoor Facilities Document

VE Facilities and Equipment Strategy 201[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.6 MB]

Volleyball England - Development of Beach Courts

Development of beach courts_.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.0 MB]

Sport England Official Guidance

Adobe Acrobat document [2.9 MB]
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