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Cool Volley provides lesson in development for schools

Cool Volley will provide plenty of tools for school teachers to help motivate children to get active through the sport

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 11, 2011 – A brand new initiative targeting Volleyball education for youngsters was announced at the FIVB Development Commission meeting held on Monday at the world governing body's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Cool Volley, which aims to develop Volleyball through schools, complements current FIVB projects such as Mass Volleyball and Volleyball at School by providing schools with the necessary tools to introduce students to the sport. Videos, training exercises, miniature games and webcasting will help teachers give students access to Volleyball around the world.

"Cool Volley is all about bringing the enjoyment of Volleyball right to the surface of the sport in an effort to show that it can be played by almost anybody," the Development Commission President and FIVB Executive Vice President, Mr. Vicente Araujo said. "Although competitiveness is one of the most important aspects in volleyball, it is easy to forget why every athlete competing in any sport in the world first started – for fun – and Cool Volley will help teachers bring fun to students globally.

"This is another string to the FIVB's development bow and means we can take the game into schools, youth groups and community centres in a much easier way than before, helping to motivate kids to get active. The Cool Volley tournaments are easy to set up and monitors, who will help make sure matches run smoothly, will of course be aided by the FIVB."

Cool Volley will also provide a stepping stone to club Volleyball for young people and allow up-and-coming national federations to attract more players to the sport by playing it in a much simpler format, with the hope that this will encourage the emergence of clubs in places where the game is yet to be properly established. Furthermore, a number of educational goals can also be achieved through playing Cool Volley, including learning new playing and life skills, self-discipline, cooperation with others and the idea of fair play in sport.

"Volleyball is one of the biggest sports in the world but projects like this one are important if we want to see the sport grow further," Mr. Araujo added. "The game continues to grow in the higher echelons but we need to keep injecting passion and support into the grassroots, especially at school level so that in a few decades' time we can still provide fans and players with something different and dynamic."

Other key items on the agenda included reports on the Volleyball Cooperation Programme, FIVB Development Centres, Volley All Festival and the extremely successful national federation development workshop held at the 2010 Congress in September. Members also reflected on a landmark year for FIVB Development in 2010 whereby the governing body invested more in development than in any other year in its history by allocating financial resources totalling close to $4m to the FIVB confederations to help national federations.

A new development fund, controlled by the FIVB, was launched working in close collaboration with the IOC's Olympic Solidarity program where all FIVB national federations have the opportunity to propose projects for funding through their NOCs.

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