Future of Small Countries Division discussed at CEV headquarters
The meeting was chaired by CEV President André Meyer and attended by CEV Senior Vice President Aleksandar Boricic, SCD President Margaret Ann Fleming, SCD Vice President Branko Vlahovic and SCD Treasurer Niclas Joensen.
A special emphasis was placed on the need to encourage the member nations of the Small Countries Division to expand their participation in the association’s competitions and related activities. The possibility of creating an individual development plan for each of the 15 national federations within the SCD was also put on the table.
Directing more organisational focus towards youth development and youth competitions to match the efforts the other zonal associations within the CEV have been concentrating on these fields was also discussed during the meeting. The agenda also included conversations about the activities of the FIVB/CEV Regional Volleyball Development Center in Luxembourg, a country which is one of SCD’s member federations.
The need for better communication about what the Small Countries Division is all about was stressed, as more extensive efforts to popularise the SCD product are necessary.
“The Small Countries Division encompasses those European states that, due mostly to their size and development performance, find it hard to compete with the great volleyball and beach volleyball powers, but where our sport brings as much joy to young and old as anywhere else on our continent,” President Meyer said. “That is why the SCD is an important part of our confederation that requires our special attention and our special efforts to keep the excitement rising. The small countries are an integral part of our European volleyball family and we used this opportunity to discuss with them what we would like their association to do better and how the CEV can further provide support for their efforts.”
“The Small Countries Division is very grateful to President Meyer for this opportunity to sit and openly discuss issues, problems and solutions towards the development of the SCD. Today’s meeting is the beginning of the future for the Small Countries Division and also of the development of the sport in several areas: youth development, competitions and beach,” SCD President Fleming added.