17 Nov 2015 07:50am
ONGWEDIVA, 17 NOV (NAMPA) The Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) aims to groom future volleyball champions for the continent, hence the launch of the African Dream Project.
The project was initiated in most African countries earlier this year.
In an interview with Nampa at the launch of the project in Ongwediva on Friday, Volleyball Federation of Mozambique president, Khalid Cassam said African Dream strives to prepare future volleyball players who could take the continent to a higher level in terms of the sport.
Although the project seeks quality volleyball players, Cassam is of the opinion that a separate programme is needed to ensure that more youngsters are groomed and skilled for the game.
Quality cannot be without quantity, therefore it is important for each country to have a separate project looking for quantity (identifying more talented volleyball players), Cassam explained.
Only 25 to 50 children are trained at each centre as per the policy of the African Dream Project in all member countries such as Gambia, Uganda, Eritrea, Cape Verde, Tanzania and Mauritius.
Cassam, also a delegate of the CAVB, noted that children in the rural training centres and those in cities are offered the same training opportunities.
Namibia has four African Dream Project centres: in Windhoek, Katima Mulilo, Rundu and Oshakati. Each of the centres has been provided with 50 balls, a volleyball net and 25 training T-shirts.
The CAVB, which has its headquarters in Egypt, sponsors this four-year project per country to the tune of about N.dollars 300 000 per year.
The funds are used to buy training materials and to pay administrative costs and the coaches.
Some 200 children aged between seven and 14 years are participating in the project in Namibia since its launch at Oshakati early this year.
The Namibia Volleyball Federation (NVF) development director, Hillary Dux Imbuwa told Nampa on Monday the project benefits Namibian children by training them to get the right volleyball skills at a young age.
As you know, some of us started playing volleyball whilst we were adults already, said Imbuwa, who is also the African Dream Project's national director.
He noted that, through the project, children are motivated to be disciplined and to work hard at school for good results.
We encourage them to study hard, because the project will not accommodate those who are not performing at school, Imbuwa explained, adding that children are also removed from the streets as they undergo training from 15h00 to 17h00.
Cassam was in Namibia as CAVB delegate since last Monday to supervise the implementation of the project. He left the country on Saturday.
President of the Namibia Volleyball Federation, Joel Mathews accompanied Cassam to Ongwediva.