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Working in partnership with Volleyball England and Sport England, BUCS Development Team has supported the development of the Higher Education Volleyball Officer (HEVO) offer for volleyball in higher education. 

Volleyball England's HEVO programme utilises volunteer student in a host institutions to deliver a yearlong action plan for about 4-6 hours per week. 

The programme offers support in the recruitment and deployment of a HEVO to lead and coordinate the development of volleyball at the host university. They will encourage new participants to the sport and ensure a quality experience for all players, regardless of their ability, whilst maintaining a key focus on developing quality recreational opportunities based on the 4play4 Volleyball format. 

Benefits to the university are financial investment in Volleyball England, increase in student sport participation numbers and improvement in student experience; training for a student committee member (HEVO) increasing employability skills, develop a strong working partnership with Volleyball England, national promotion of institution through successful case studies, positive development reports shared with BUCS and Sport England HE Team, tools provide to work towards improving BUCS performance. 

Applications for the Higher Education Volleyball Officer (HEVO) Programme have now opened for the 2019/20 academic year.

With the launch, the HEVO Information Pack 2019/20, which has the details of the programme for the forthcoming year, is now available too.  

The HEVO programme sees students take up official ambassadorial roles as HEVOs in their universities and deliver recreational volleyball sessions for fellow students. These sessions are separate from university volleyball teams with players of all abilities and experiences encouraged to get involved.

Now in its ninth year, the HEVO programme is Volleyball England’s flagship scheme for increasing participation in volleyball and is backed by exclusive funding support from Sport England.

What is involved for a HEVO?

- A HEVO needs to deliver at least one recreational volleyball session per week

- Training is provided at the HEVO Conference in September

- Each HEVO receives a grant to spend on the programme

- Free or subsidised places on volleyball qualifications

- Branded Nike kit

- Increased employability – with a reference from Volleyball England and developing a host of professional skills

What is involved for the university?

- Increased activity levels of students, including those who are typically less active

- Investment in each HEVO through training and grants

- Insight on activity at each specific university from the Student Volleyball Survey

- Universities need to provide at least one slot in your sports hall each week

Changes to the programme

One of the key changes to the programme this year will see a delegate fee charged for the HEVO Conference. The price will be £100 for a university’s first place and £250 for further places. The charge has been introduced to help maintain the long-term sustainability of the programme.

“The programme remains heavily subsidised with the HEVOs gaining £150 or £300 of grants, free kit, the two-day training experience of the Conference and ongoing support from Volleyball England,” says Volleyball England’s Rob Payne, who coordinates the programme. “With funding being cut across all sports in the country, the delegate fees will be re-invested into the programme so it can continue to thrive.”

“The programme is always a huge hit with students and universities – over 60 institutions were part of the it last year. It’s a vital scheme for increasing volleyball participation and the HEVOs from the last eight years have told us how it is a really rewarding experience – it has helped to develop their skills and often forms a strong part of their CV when they complete university.”

For all the information on the programme, including the HEVO Conference, visit the HEVO Programme section of the website.

For more information on developing volleyball at your university or for universities outside of England who would like to discuss alternative opportunities please contact Amy Seaman, BUCS Development Manager.



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