Sitting Volleyball Inclusive Championships Yr 5/6


All England Club Community Sports Ground (AELTC)

216 Grand Drive, Raynes Park, London, SW20 9NB

Competition date

17th Nov 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Team requirements

  • Age: Year 5 & 6 
  • Mixed gender event
  • Squad size: Maximum 8 participants. 6 on court at a time
  • Pupils with SEND should be prioritised by schools when selecting a squad
  • Teams are required to enter at least 2 girls
  • There must always be a minimum of 2 girls on court
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Inclusive Borough Championships

Competition type

Competitions and Festivals

AM session: 10 am – 12 noon

PM session: 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm

Upon registration, in the comments box, please indicate which session you would prefer to attend. Although we cannot guarantee your preference, we will do our best to accommodate this. You will be expected to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated session start time. 


  • This is an Inclusive Borough Championships event.
  • Booking is available to schools on the initial booking date of:
  • Monday 11th September 2023 at 5pm
  • If an event is full, schools will be placed on a waiting list and be notified of this.
  • MSSP will contact schools should places become available in the build-up to events.

Event Eligibility 

  • Pupils with SEND should be prioritised by schools when selecting a squad.
  • To progress to the London Youth Games: ‘A minimum of 3 participants should have an identified additional need or disability.’
  • Specific SEND inclusivity details on how we approach each of our inclusive festivals and competitions can be found via our Inclusion page on this site.
  • School squads should be well prepared and have time to practise with the competition rules before attending this event.
  • There will also be Inclusive Multi-Skill events being delivered this year.
  • Please consider the most appropriate event for your pupils to attend before registering.

Team Requirements & Eligibility 

  • Age: Year 5 & 6 
  • Mixed gender event
  • Squad size: Maximum 8 participants. 6 on court at a time
  • Pupils with SEND should be prioritised by schools when selecting a squad
  • PLEASE NOTE: A minimum of 3 SEND players must be on court at one time.

Sport Format:  

  • 6 a-side teams
  • Court size: size 6.2m x 3.9m
  • 1 metre high net
  • 25cm diameter beach ball used

Kit & Equipment

  • Players of the same school should wear the same colour tops/bibs.
  • No jewellery permitted.
  • All children must wear appropriate footwear.

Staffing and Spectators 

At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from. 

On any school sites: Spectators will not be permitted entry to any school/private sports facilities. Primary schools must inform parents in advance when inviting students to take part.  All staff attending the event must have enhanced DBS clearance and have been fully vetted by their primary school. DBS numbers, full name and school will be required in advance by the host school.


  • Players must keep a part of the body between the buttocks and shoulders in contact with the floor when playing the ball. 
  • Players can play the ball with any part of their body.
  • The first contact and/or second contact could be a catch and self-feed volley.
  • A maximum of three contacts to return the ball over the net (apart from the serve).
  • Players can serve underarm, overarm or throw the ball into play from the back of the court.
  • A team rotates their position clockwise when they regain the serve.
  • A team winning three consecutive serves keeps serving but rotates one place to the next server.
  • Players cannot make two consecutive touches.
  • Matches are one set to 10 points (two points clear) or 5-minute timed game.
  • This is dependent on entries and time permitted at the venue. 

Competition Format 

  • Points awarded are: 3 for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss.   
  • Group placing determined by: points accrued, score difference, points scored, head to head result (if 2 teams), sudden death play-off. 
  • For supporting Sitting Volleyball in your school please visit: 

Draw Format  

  • First stage is round robin groups. Final group standings will be determined from results. Winners of the groups will take top seed of their group, 2nd take 2nd seed of their group, etc.
  • All teams will progress to a second stage of competition according to their placement in the first round, with the format to be determined by the number of schools entered. After the first round, if necessary, it may progress into a knockout format.   


  • Winners: GOLD medal, certificates and Trophy.
  • Runners Up: SILVER medal and certificates.
  • 3rd Place: BRONZE medal and certificates.
  • REFSPECT winners – Certificate.
  • Participation certificates will be presented to all participants. 


  • Results and event report will be available on the news webpage within 24 hours of the event ending. 

Winner’s Pathway 

The winners or highest placed eligible team will represent Merton at the London Youth Games. Dates TBC. 

MSSP Duty of Care 

MSSP have a duty to take all measures that are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the health, safety, wellbeing and welfare of all participants and any other attendees involved in the relevant event. MSSP have tried to ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken in its duty of care being discharged, and to the requisite standard of care, MSSP have ensured the following guidance and actions have been adhered to and carried out: 

  • That the advice of the UK Government and public health authorities has been followed 
  • That the bespoke guidance and protocols issued by the relevant NGB, federation and/or umbrella organisation (if applicable) have been followed. 

Safeguarding and DBS 

MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation. 

We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders: 

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events 

All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.  

Spectators will not be permitted entry to school/private sports facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from. 

For more information regarding MSSP’s safeguarding, please click here 

If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here 

Please see attached Risk Assessment in the ‘Resources’ sections for event specific planning and considerations.


MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.  

For more information about REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here

If any staff, adults or children are deemed to be in breach of our REFSPECT codes of conduct they will be asked to leave the event and the Head Teacher of the relevant school will be informed immediately.

Photo Consent 

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event. 

Please ensure your school only take photographs of their own students and do not share any photos of other children on social media without consent from that school.  

Social Media 

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First Aid 

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.  

Comments, Compliments and Complaints 

MSSP aims to deliver a first-class service to all of its stakeholders. We see all feedback, whether good or bad, as a valuable way for us to learn and improve. Therefore, we welcome all comments, compliments and complaints. For further details, please click here

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