FIVB proud of development programme
The governing body for volleyball is a key partner in the Camp, which is run by the United Nations Organisation on Sport for Development and Peace and is hosted by Right to Play and the Aspire Dome, and which provides an opportunity to bring together 35 youth aged 18-25 from Africa and the Middle East who are actively involved in sport.
The FIVB has a strong history of development having close relationships with various humanitarian agencies in the past - the UNHCR, refugee camps etc - but since 2011 has been working closely with the United Nations in an effort to support the attainment and awareness of the UN Millennium Development Goals, as well as to further harness the power of volleyball to bring about positive social change worldwide.
Over the opening three days of the UN Youth Leadership Camp, the FIVB will introduce the participants to volleyball through both theory and practice, with FIVB Instructor, Qatar Volleyball Association (QVA) Technical Director of National Teams, and FIVB Coaches Commission Member, Sherif El Shemerly and England women’s national volleyball team captain Lynne Beattie explaining how to organise and execute grass roots programmes to support development and peace and how to stay involved with volleyball.
The FIVB is a major contributor to the development of volleyball and beach volleyball worldwide both by supporting coaches, players, officials and national federations worldwide through programmes that not only show the FIVB’s concern for human values but also with passion for promoting and working toward long-term sustainability of its partners through a variety of programmes such as: Development Centres, Volleyball Cooperation Programmes, Volley All Festivals worldwide, and coaching, players and officials educational programmes.
The Volleyball Cooperation programme was established in 1989 to support less developed national federations worldwide, contributing to countries and member national federations that have limited means to develop the game. In recent years the FIVB has visited countries like Afghanistan, North Korea, Central Africa, Mali and Burundi. The Volleyball Cooperation Programme promotes true sport development on all continents and in various languages with the guidance of qualified FIVB instructors who spread the mission and the goals of the on-going concern for improving the lives of children and youth by providing them with opportunities to play and learn sporting skills. The year 2011 marked a historical moment in the FIVB Development programme where the 1,000th VCP course took place in Ghana in February. The national federations in the African Continent have always been the most active in organising the VCP courses and it was well perceived that this historical course took place there.
Over 120 countries have benefitted from the Volleyball Cooperation Programme - which is more than half of the FIVB’s 220 members - while an extensive education programme is in place thanks to the FIVB Development Centres based in Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia, Argentina, Venezuela, Barbados and the Dominican Republic.
The FIVB is running this year around 130 courses and seminars through which the values and fundamentals of volleyball are promoted. Strong investment is made in this area also, impacting the lives of thousands of coaches, referees, players and officials including various stakeholders.
Mass Volleyball is another successful tool along with the newly established Cool Volley programme with the FIVB’s new emphasis on teaching volleyball actively at the school level.
FIVB Volley All Festivals also brought over two million youth together playing volleyball around the world over the last two years. This has proven to be a success in terms of being able to penetrate directly into the grass roots and use the FIVB’s means to develop relationships and situations where the whole family can unite in a sport that is non-violent (eg, not having to touch the opponent).
The spirit of the FIVB development programmes is to offer open dialogue with those who participate through action that represent sustainability, equal opportunities and fair play through the well-being of humans. Volleyball and beach volleyball fosters team work and team building through close collaboration.
The FIVB has always committed strongly to social development through its programmes, taking into consideration different cultures and different needs of its members and is looking forward to continuing to grow, especially after the experience in Doha.