The UK School Games was the springboard event which rekindled Volleyball in Wales, and has been at the foreground of all development in Wales since 2009. Now with a revised event format, and increased demands for each home nation, a collective decision from all four governing bodies has been made not to continue with indoor volleyball at the 2018 Games.
Volleyball Wales and its fellow home nations volleyball federations will now look to develop new competitive opportunities for the best young talent within the UK and in European competitions.
Sandra Stoll, Volleyball Wales Head Coach said:
“I have been Head Coach for Wales at this event since 2009, and have a huge sense of pride about what we have achieved in this time. It is encouraging that some of our former junior players have since gone on to compete at a senior level in Europe, and many others compete regularly in top level volleyball in the UK. Whilst we are sorry to not be part of the School Games in 2018, we look forward to developing new opportunities for our junior players in the future.”
Yvonne Perkins, Chairman of Volleyball Wales said:
“Without the School Games, Volleyball Wales would not have been created, so we have to thank the early organisers for their support and encouragement which helped us renew the organisation. I would also like to thank the coaches, managers, players and parents who have been with us on this journey so far and hope that they will remain supportive as we look to create exciting new opportunities for the next generation.”
Will Roberts, Director of Operations at Youth Sport Trust said:
“Volleyball has been a fantastic part of the event since 2007 and will be missed from the programme as it had a unique atmosphere and was always great sport. We were delighted that the School Games National Finals was able to provide a great competitive and talent development arena for the sport over 11 years and hope that the sport is able to continue supporting and inspiring youngsters to get involved and fulfil their potential.”
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.