22 Mar 2016 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 22 MAR (NAMPA) - About 22 participants from different regions completed a five-day grassroots beach volleyball course here on Friday.
The course, organised by Namibia Volleyball Federation (NVF) in conjunction with the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), took place from 14 to 18 March at the Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS) field under the Volleyball Your Way Project movement.
The movement aims at providing federations with platforms to create capacity building for their members.
Amongst the participants were teachers from different schools countrywide, who came to acquire knowledge and skills to develop volleyball at primary school level.
Renowned FIVB Beach Volleyball instructor Athanasios Papageorgiou from Greece conducted the workshop and was impressed with the courses organisation.
The organising of this course was excellent and we had wonderful active participants during our lectures and practices.
He urged participants to become ambassadors of beach volleyball in their regions and share the knowledge gained from the course with their colleagues.
Speaking to this reporter at the workshop, one of the participants and NVF School Volleyball Director Kurry Matundu said the course was short but fruitful.
We learnt a lot from this course in a short time. This course was sort of an introduction for us and it will be good if the same instructor could be invited again to come do reinforcement of this course.
All participants received a certificate.
Meanwhile at the same occasion, the NVF launched a new volleyball developmental programme, ABC Volley; a proactive development initiative aimed at assisting schools and clubs to encourage youngsters participation in the sport.
Its primary focus is to promote volleyball as an easy, fun and competitive sport by providing basic volleyball skills and to achieve greater participation in volleyball, particularly in local schools.
Speaking during this launch, Matundu noted that 90 to 95 per cent of volleyball players in Namibia only start playing at high school or club levels; a delayed situation that hinders their potential to become good players.
A programme of this nature will enhance the developmental effort of the federation. It is developed to provide coaches, players and sports development leaders with basic rules of the game.
The programme is divided into four stages: Cool Volley- a one on one game for players under the age of 10 years; Smart Volley - a two against two game for players under the age of 12 years; Mini Volley - a three against three game for players under the age of 14 years; and Midi Volley - a four against four game for players under the age of 16 years.
The game can be played on any court size and can be played at any open space such as a car park, in the street, on a beach or in a sports hall. NVF and Namibia Schools Sports Union (NNSU) sanctioned the project.
Speaking at the same occasion NNSU National Coordinator Solly Duiker said the development of sports at grass roots level has always been their primary purpose.
This is a goal long dreamed about and now it is realised.