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New CEO Charlie Ford looks forward to the next phase in the strategy to grow volleyball in England

Volleyball England is the latest national governing body to join the Globocol subscriber community. New Chief Executive Charlie Ford has spoken about the need for a team mentality as the sport looks to the next phase of its 10-year strategy to grow the game.

"We want to make sure everybody feels part of our future" - new CEO Charlie Ford on his ambitions and the next next phase of England Volleyball's strategy.

Charlie, who started in post in October, has spent much of his time listening to the hard-working volunteers who make the magic happen at a national, regional, local and club level.

He said Volleyball England must ensure it is always in tune with what members want and need to start realising the sport’s full potential.

“I am under no illusions here. If realising potential was easy, it would have been done many, many years ago,” he said in a video interview in which he also talks about his deep-rooted connections with sport.

“We’ve got to approach this in a very methodical way, step-by-step, making sure that we bring everyone in the volleyball community with us on this journey. We can leave nobody behind if we are going to achieve some of those ambitions that are there.”

The Game Plan is Volleyball England’s strategy to grow the game through a focus on lifelong participation, a strengthened club structure and an improved suite of member products and services. Those focusses are covered under the respective work streams of Volleyball For Life, Get Keep Grow and An Ace Service.

In the first two years of The Game Plan, the organisation has shifted from focusing on stability and sustainability to growth and continual improvement.

Highlights include guiding the volleyball community through the struggles and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, successfully securing five years of funding from Sport England, supporting the boom in junior volleyball, a new website, a renewed focus on data and insights, and a triumphant home Commonwealth Games.

The Board of Volleyball England has recently conducted a review of the first two years and has committed to publish a report in early 2023 reflecting on progress so far and plans for the next phase.

Charlie added: “Moving forward, although we are Volleyball England, we are here for volleyball in England and we want to make sure that at every level of the sport - national, regional, county, local- that everybody feels part of our future. Everyone feels that their thoughts, their delivery, is recognised and rewarded and ultimately contributes to the success of the sport.”

Watch the full interview with Charlie Ford to find out more.

  • Eddie Prentice

Updated: Oct 27

Globocol joins innovative companies to form the Sports Technology Alliance

The Sports Technology Alliance is made up of market leaders in their respective fields. All share a passion for sport and the philosophy that an integrated approach to the use of technology can support sports organisations in becoming more secure, engaging, and sustainable.

We are delighted to announce that we are a founding member of the ‘Sports Technology Alliance’; a collective of pioneering technology companies that are driven to design, deliver, and support innovative solutions that enable the growth of sport.

Globocol joins the following organisations as founding members of the Sports Technology Alliance:

• Sport:80 - Sport Business Management Software

• etrainu - Learning Management

• Joymo - OTT & Live Streaming

• Refbook - Officials Management

• Rosterfy - Volunteer & Workforce Management

• CherryHub - Customer Acquisition

• New Start Mobile - Web and Mobile Applications

• iSponsor – Fundraising

In forming the Sports Technology Alliance, we recognised that no single technology solution can deliver against a sports organisation's every need. That’s why we are committed to using our combined expertise to support sports organisations in establishing a highly functional digital ecosystem. In doing so, our aim is to help sports organisations capitalise on significant operational and commercial opportunities made possible using integrated technologies.

Many of the partners already work together and have delivered solutions that reinforce the collective vision. Under the Sports Technology Alliance banner, our aim is to build on this collaboration and make integrated solutions more accessible for sports organisations.

If you would like to find out more about the Sports Technology Alliance and its work, please get in touch by clicking here.

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