Reaching 4,000 people in the community through innovative volleyball programmes

David Rijvers, Chairman, Richmond Volleyball Club

One of the great presentations at Sports Marketing Network’s Sustainable Community Sports event on 26th June at Watford FC, Vicarage Road

How community sports providers are meeting the challenges and benefiting from new opportunities created by changes in people’s lives and the economic situation

Real stories and successes to be told, lessons to be learnt and ideas and experiences to be shared

So whether you are from a community sports trust at our professional and semi-pro clubs, informal sports provider, community sports enterprise, sports governing body, community sports club, community group or other community sports provider, if you want to learn more about best practice on how to develop sustainable community sport, you must attend this event.

Since David Rijvers established Richmond Volleyball Club in 1993, it has established itself as a vibrant and leading community sport club in the London and has been awarded a number of awards.

While Richmond Volleyball maybe young it is meeting the needs of the local community by becoming the heart of the South West London and Surrey areas delivering a thriving community and schools volleyball programme.

In 2011 nearly 4,000 people participated in various club activities.

It operates a Junior Centre of Excellence, has links with 40 secondary schools, three local colleges and runs a thriving club at Kingston University In 2011 over 1,700 people participated in Richmond Volleyball community events, such as 4v4 Series (a series of six 4v4 summer tournaments across South West London parks) , International Festival (3 day tournament), Corporate Tournament, Summer League, Play Sport London, Sitting Volleyball Festivals, Richmond Elite Cup, Love 2, Just for Women Festivals, Junior Summer Camps, and various community taster sessions in Kingston & Merton in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics.

The club operates a dynamic media programme with 4,900 emails registered on its database.

David Rijvers’ presentation will focus on the journey so far, the challenges and opportunities Richmond Volleyball is facing, including the drive towards getting its own facility.

If you want to learn more about this event and how to book a place (places are £95.00), contact Svend Elkjaer on 01423 326 660 or email svend@smnuk.com

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