With less than 150 days until the start of
the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Champi-
onships tournament the Polish organisers
launched the official tournament website
to provide news,
information and video clips as the count-
down to the first day of competition con-
This is the first time in the nine years they
have organised a World Tour event that Stare
Jablonki in Poland have been awarded host-
ing rights for the championships that will
take place from July 1 to 7. The north Poland
city is one of the World Tour’s most popular
venues and regularly sells out its 9,000 cen-
tre court arena.
Nkumba University Volleyball Club
launched its first volleyball clinic for players
in the under 19 category. The clinic, opened
by Uganda Volleyball Federation President,
Mr Sadik Nasiwu at the university campus
in Entebbe, targetted the country’s up and
coming players. Thirty three participants,
including eight boys and 25 girls, attended
the residential training conducted by Tonny
Lakony, level 2 coach and coach of Uganda’s
women’s national team. The participants
had theory, video and practical sessions with
special presentations on career guidance and
VCP course in Sierra Leone
Volleyball clinic in Uganda
Vanuatu volleyball development
Beach volleyball greats Martin Laciga and
Martin Reader have pulled the curtain down
on their international careers. Switzerland’s
who celebrated regular
success on the FIVB World Tour over his 18
year run, withdrew due to injuries. After
seven years on Canada’s national beach
volleyball team, Olympian
announced his retirement from competition
to pursue other post-Olympic opportunities.
Meanwhile, Olympic bronze medallists
announced their decision to bring their
partnership to an end. Plavins has teamed
with Janis Peda, while Smedins joined
forces with Aleksandrs Samoilovs for the
Puerto Rican
the leading
scorer of the 2006 World Championship
and the 2007 World Cup, has turned his
hand to beach volleyball. Soto has played
professional volleyball in the leagues of
Tunisia, Japan, Russia, Belgium, Italy and
Puerto Rico.
Change of hands in beach
A total of 29 participants took part
in a Level 1 FIVB VCP Coaches Course at
the National Stadium in Freetown, Sierra
Leone. The course participants included
seven women and 22 men from all regions
of the country. Ahmed Khanou, Secretary
General of the Sierra Leone Volleyball
Association, described the course as
timely and significant for the Association
and encouraged participants to grab the
opportunity to help volleyball grow in Sierra
Leone. This was the second time that the
FIVB held a VCP Coaches Course in Sierra
FIVB World Tour beach volleyball player,
Henriette Iatika, helped run a five-day
volleyball programme on the Vanuatu
island of Tanna along with representatives
of the Vanuatu Volleyball Federation. The
programme, which took place in the town
of Lenakel, was part of a broader project
funded by an Australian Government
Pacific Sport Development grant under
the Australian Sports Outreach Program
ASOP). The programme provided training
to local youth leaders, teachers and
volleyball coaches in all aspects of volleyball
and beach volleyball.
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Countdown on to World Championships
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february 2013