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ECOC completes program of CEV Commissions meetings

The members of the European Coaches Commission chaired by former French Volleyball star Philippe Blain
Luxembourg, February 5, 2014 – The European Coaches Commission (ECOC) had their annual meeting in Luxembourg City on Monday and Tuesday thereby bringing to a close a few busy weeks for Europe’s Volleyball family.

The CEV Commissions have been working on a series of proposals to be submitted to the CEV Board of Administration which is set to meet on February 22 in Luxembourg to define the action plan for the months to come in order to build on the excellent results achieved in recent times.

The members of the European Coaches Commission – which is the youngest among all CEV Commissions for its establishment dates back to the XXXI CEV General Assembly held in 2010 in Ljubljana – were very pleased with the opportunity to share their first working session on Monday with ESOC President Pierre Mulheims. “We had some items of common interest that we wanted to discuss together” says ECOC President Philippe Blain “and I am very happy with the fact that we have found a mutual understanding on some of the points of our agenda” he continues. “We just wanted to come up with common proposals to be presented to the CEV Board knowing that we all share the same goal, which is the further promotion and development of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball across Europe. The sense of unity and cohesion I got to feel during our joint meeting makes me confident and hopeful that we are exploring the right ways to build on the foundations that were laid throughout the last few years.”

Though they are well aware of the already busy international calendar, the ECOC members agreed upon the importance of providing up-and-coming national teams with more opportunities to play internationally, so as to draw more attention from the media and receive the support of potential sponsors. On the other hand, top teams shall enjoy the privilege of playing fewer matches while at the same time safeguarding the appeal of all CEV competitions. An emphasis was also put on the development of the sport among young people and on the need to capitalize on the knowledge of European coaches so as to stimulate the growth of the next generation of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball stars.

“We also want to protect our coaches and make sure that their contracts comply with the requirements set by the EU” stresses Mr. Blain. “With this in mind, we will propose to introduce a certification program that would adopt some of the features currently in place for doctors and physiotherapists.”

The proposals prepared by the ECOC will now be reviewed and studied by the members of the CEV Board of Administration chaired by André Meyer once they meet in Luxembourg City for their first session of the year coming up later this month.


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