CEV pleased with outcome of inaugural NF Beach Volleyball Coordinators seminar
CEV Vice President and EBVC President Renato Arena was particularly pleased with the outcome of the seminar that was attended by representatives of 47 National Federations and an additional guest from Tunisia who was invited – together with other colleagues from Northern Africa – within the frame of an FIVB development project coordinated by the Italian Volleyball Federation.
“The CEV Board of Administration chaired by CEV President André Meyer and the European Beach Volleyball Commission have been working very hard for the last couple of years to extensively promote and develop Beach Volleyball across Europe” Mr. Arena says. “I would like to thank my colleagues and especially our President André Meyer for their cooperation and for their continuous support. This seminar rounds out a memorable year for Beach Volleyball in Europe and did also set the tone for more success to come in 2014. We are especially pleased with the sense of unity and cohesion we got to feel throughout this weekend. It was an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and expertise with our National Federations but we also could see that we all share the same goal, which is to work hard for the good of Beach Volleyball” he continues.
After the opening session on Friday where Mr. Arena reviewed the many positives from the 2013 season as well as the expansion of the CEV portfolio via the addition of the CEV Youth Continental Cup and the Zonal events included on the European Tour, the seminar continued on Saturday with a series of case studies as representatives of three National Federations shared their respective success story with the attendees.
Jörg Ahmann, a bronze medalist from the 2000 Olympics in Sydney who is also a member of the European Coaches Commission (ECOC), presented the elite program developed by the German Volleyball Federation (DVV) whose teams have turned into one of the major forces to reckon with, with a series of major achievements that were topped by Olympic gold claimed last year at London 2012 by Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann.
Magdalena Smiecinska reviewed the key points of a special project whereby the Polish Volleyball Federation (PZPS) has extensively promoted Beach Volleyball among the local youths and more specifically in schools, thereby laying the foundations for the continuation of a success story that has seen this country sweep a terrific series of medals in all age-group Championships of the past five years.
Another interesting case study was provided by Bert Korteling of the Dutch Volleyball Federation (Nevobo), for in this country the number of Beach Volleyball clubs has literally boomed with many more set to follow as the “Oranjes” are getting ready to host the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.
After a session focused on development actions and projects, the seminar continued with a review of the administrative procedures that the National Federations are set to follow as they register their teams to participate in CEV competitions. The seminar also included a review of the latest changes in the rules of the game as well as of the tests that were undertaken during the 2013 season where a couple of tournaments were played by using an innovative scoring system – best of five with each set played up to 11 points – and coaches were allowed to share instructions with their “pupils” in the various age-group competitions.
The seminar held at the premises of the Centro Pavesi – one of four Regional Volleyball Development Centers in Europe – drew to a close on Sunday morning by going once more through the information shared throughout the weekend and with a question time.
“We would like to thank the staff of the Centro Pavesi as well as the Italian Volleyball Federation for their hospitality and also for their help in staging this seminar” Mr. Arena concluded, “hoping that we will be able to follow up on this inaugural edition with another similar action.”