Niger launches national development programme
The programme, which is in a probationary year, has the support of the FIVB, the Niger Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, and the Niger Olympic and National Sports Committee and is aimed at introducing more young players to the sport.
The aim of the federation is to maintain their growth so that further programmes can be developed in the future.
“Another programme will be granted by the FIVB but that will depend on the success of this year’s programme,” Badr Issouf, president of the Niger Volleyball Federation explained.
Since the mid-1980’s Niger has a strong history in youth sport development, after pioneering work by a group of physical education teachers. This led to the building of training centres in secondary schools throughout the country, which in turn provided Niger with vital youth training and allowed Niger Volleyball to prosper in sub-regional club competitions.
Thanks to the new development programme, the national federation has been able to provide the participating schools and training centres with new equipment that includes 1,000 balls, 650 T-shirts, 300 nets, 150 manuals and other Cool Volley kits.