Al Riyami sees coaches development as key to Oman’s future
Muscat, Oman, March 17, 2017 – FIVB instructor Shihab Al Riyami has a firm grasp of volleyball development, which will help Oman move in the right direction.
Al Riyami shared his insights with Times of Oman on how he counts on coaches development as key to his country’s volleyball future.
He believes his country has great potential because of volleyball's popularity, but still faces a deficit in professional coaches.
“Volleyball is the second most popular sport in Oman after football because it is relatively inexpensive and uses simple equipment,” Al Riyami said. “We have only seven to eight coaches. Most coaches in Oman are not certified.”
Al Riyami is passionate about developing the sport in his country and has dedicated his life to improving his craft by taking many courses worldwide.
“I’ve taken 25 courses in volleyball worldwide and have travelled to different countries, including the Gulf countries, China, United States, Sri Lanka,” Al Riyami said.
Al Riyami became Oman’s first international volleyball instructor in 2008. He took the initiative and now transfers his knowledge to other Omani coaches.
“I’m going to conduct courses for coaches to give them a licence,” Al Riyami said. “I am trying to build fundamentals and infrastructure for qualified coaches. It is going to be a local coaching and educational programme.”
Al Riyami has written two books on volleyball and is working on his third. The first book was about the obstacles and challenges facing volleyball in Oman, while the second was focused on a coaching education programme.