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Beach volleyball course ends in the Solomon Islands

 
FIVB Instructor, Mr. Peter Huber of Austria demonstrate techniques to participants

Honiara, Solomon Islands, July 22, 2013 - A beach volleyball course conducted under the FIVB Volleyball Cooperation Programme in conjunction with the Solomon Islands Volleyball Federation (SIVF) has come to a close.

The beach volleyball courses are intended to help national federations develop the sport in their countries. The course provides an insight into the world of beach volleyball and teaches fundamental issues like how to create and organise beach volleyball competitions. The course also covers the latest rules and regulations and provides information on the necessary structures for beach volleyball.

Beach volleyball has been identified as a sport that could allow the Solomon Islands to feature in international tournaments.

At the opening of the workshop on July 15, the President of the Solomon Islands Volleyball Federation said, “This course is a beginning of our road to the Olympic 2020.  It is our vision to be at the top three in the region by 2020. But, I know that this is not easy, we need a long period of investment, we need a strong management team, and we need right players, qualified coaches and trainers.”

It is hoped that the sport can also help to attract young people to participate in sporting activities and live a healthy lifestyle.

The course saw the participation of 35 participants comprising 25 men and 10 women. Most of the attendees are new to beach volleyball although there were also experienced participants form the national squads’ team members.

The course comprised theoretical and practical sessions on the technical and organisational aspects of the sport, but most importantly, on how to set up a plan to develop sport in the country.

“There is a natural talent here in Solomon Islands to be powerful in beach volleyball,” said Morris Maitaki. “But there are serious economic problems that hinder the development of volleyball and beach volleyball in the country. Solomon Islands  needs to help to develop beach volleyball and I hope this course is a starting point for them to make medium and long term plans that can develop beach volleyball in your communities, school, conduct local tournaments, and participate in international competitions in the future.”



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