As the world governing body of
Volleyball in all its forms (Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Park
Volley, U-Volley, Mini and School Volley), the FIVB manages and
encourages the practice and the expansion of Volleyball but also
offers and implements programs aimed at promoting global
development initiatives through Volleyball.
FIVB activities in the Development area are an integral part
of what we view as our responsibility to society.
Development Opportunities through Volleyball
Volleyball is an ideal sport for all ages
- it is fun and easy to learn! It requires few facilities and
equipment, avoids body contact, develops team spirit, provides
great entertainment and is open for both males and females.
Because it is a non-violent sport, it contributes effectively to
building self-esteem, social skills and teamwork, so much needed
to rebuild shattered societies.
As well, Volleyball can be used by people experiencing or having
experienced conflict, as an essential element for conflict
The scope of development opportunities offered by Volleyball are
extensive and we are proud to be associated with our
international partners for peace achievement and human
True story: A few years ago, a Sudanese refugee woman
in charge of a Volleyball programme for girls in a Kakuma
refugee camp, Kenya, told a visiting IOC delegation, "Do not
think you are doing good by sending knitting, sewing and
basket-weaving materials down here for the girls. When
they sit quietly and sew, they remember the horrors that made
them refugees. They do not need sewing now, they
desperately need the joyful therapy that only group sports and
play can bring. It transports them to a normal world.
It helps them forget. It heals. Please don't forget
Click on the logos on the right to learn
more about our involvement with our international partners.
- UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for
- Global Sports Alliance
- WHO (World Health Organization)
- UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)
- ILO (International Labour Organisation)