Volleyball Victoria have been working on numerous options for the 2021 Four Day Schools Cup that we were hoping to present and discuss with Schools but unfortunately the situation has changed significantly since the initial postponement of the Four Day Schools Cup. The preferred options were to host a modified Schools Cup event in August or September in addition to the Volleyball Victoria Junior Open at the end of November. With the current restrictions in Victoria this is unfortunately simply not viable and it is highly unlikely any major indoor event would be able to be hosted until November.
With this in mind all stakeholders can rest assured that the Volleyball Victoria Board of Directors and staff are committed to hosting a Schools event in 2021 that combines the prestige and competitive nature of the Schools Cup with the possible participation of the interstate and western schools who attended the 2019 Junior Open. With the current circumstances in mind a new one-off event will be held at the end of the year.
This is the VOLLEYBALL VICTORIA SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIP that will be hosted at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre (MSAC) from Sunday 28 November – Wednesday 1 December.
The Volleyball Victoria Schools Championship will incorporate the 2021 Four Day Schools Cup and therefore all Volleyball Victoria Schools Cup records, including Champion School, will be updated based on the results at the Schools Championship.
As with the 2019 Volleyball Victoria Junior Open interstate Schools will be invited to attend and compete in full with medals awarded to these schools as required. All Volleyball Victoria Schools Cup archives would acknowledge the interstate teams, however, these teams would be ineligible to receive any Champion School points for the purpose of the 2021 records. This means, for the purpose of Champion School, that if an interstate school were to win a division and a Victorian school finish second the first place Champion School points would be awarded to the school who finished second, the second place points awarded to those who finished third and so on.
Further information regarding the Volleyball Victoria Schools Championship will be released in the coming weeks including the nomination process and the price structure that will need to be significantly updated to reflect the new event and venue change.
As this is a new event Volleyball Victoria also welcome any feedback or ideas/initiatives that we could utilise. This can also include methods to ensure that the event maintains the prestige the Four Day Schools Cup represents.
For those schools that are interested in attending the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup and are concerned about qualification Volleyball Australia encouraged any interested schools to nominate in the first instance. They will then cross the qualification bridge in the coming months as circumstances are constantly changing.