Coaches course points to a bright future for volleyball in Sierra Leone
Free Town, Sierra Leone, July 22, 2013 – A Level 1 Coaches Course, the second in the history of the Sierre Leone Volleyball Association (SLVA), has recently come to a conclusion.
In all there were ten new coaches who graduated from the course, after 12 days of intensive theoretical and practical training ending in an examination. With these new coaches, the SLVA hopes to take volleyball development in the country a step further.
Since the civil war the SLVA has struggled to build up volleyball infrastructure in the country. However, the country is slowly beginning to see results with Sierre Leone’s participation in the 2014 World Championships qualifiers, where the men’s national team advanced from the subgroup to the zonal group stage of the qualification process.
There are also ongoing efforts to establish a youth and school volleyball programme as well as to build a stadium. The school project will enable 50 youngsters to attend high school by paying their school fees, with the 12 year old students having to train twice a day with the national coaches.
The SLVA has also set its sights qualifying its beach volleyball athletes for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. This plan foresees international training camps in Europe, exposure to tournament series abroad with the intention of qualifying for the main draw of World Tour events.The closing ceremony of the Level 1 Coaches Course was attended by NOC President Dr. Patrick Coker, Deputy Minister for Sports Mr. Ishmael Al- Sankoh Conteh