Fruitful year for development
In addition to their international technical seminars and refereeing courses, the NORCECA confederation and its development centre has continued with the successful National Federation Technical Assistance Programme, which is available to all affiliated Category I and II national federations.
Using that template, the FIVB is now using key federations to grow the sport in Africa and Asia as well as parts of Europe: Japan in Asia, Italy in North Africa, in addition to Serbia in the Balkans, Russia in the former Soviet Union, and Poland in the Belarus as part of Italy’s.
Now, renowned Italian volleyball coach Ermanno Piacentini has travelled to Tunisia to work together with local colleagues to help train and select the new generation of Tunisian athletes. Piacentini’s work with the U17 men’s national volleyball team of Tunisia is part of the Volleyball Development Project in African countries that was commissioned by President Graça to help develop volleyball in Africa.
This is the second stage of the project that focuses on talent identification in order to train athletes with potential in early stages of their careers. As part of the training programme, Piacentini has been meeting with the technical supervision team prior to and following each session with the players. The meetings also give the invited coaches and instructors an opportunity to share important information and best practices in coaching techniques.
The FIVB has entrusted the Volleyball Federation of Italy to play an active role in the development of volleyball in Africa with special attention on the countries of North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia). The project, led by the FIVB Development Department with the help of FIVB Board of Administration member from Italy, Renato Arena, started in April 2013 with internships and the participation of African youth selections in different tournaments.
The project will also see the FIVB and the Italian Volleyball Federation provide training and technical assistance at all levels: management, arbitration, organisational and competition over the next three years.
Earlier in the summer, the Asian Volleyball Confederation held an opening ceremony for its new offices in Tokyo. The opening of the office follows a decision made by the FIVB Board Members, in particular President Graca, who was committed to “build and add value to continental confederations and national federations initiatives by applying FIVB’s resources, to ensure that the sport receives positive global perception.”
The AVC Tokyo office will now focus on developing the Asian market. A meeting held on July 18 brought together many sponsors, cooperative companies and other stakeholders.
The new President of the Japan Volleyball Association, Dr. Yuichiro Hamu said, “It’s amazing. I’m very excited now. This is a good way to start my mandate and I know that the JVA will be great supporter and promoter to develop our sport in Asian and Oceania countries, especially in helping develop human and monetary resources for national federations in category 5.”
“We will develop a project plan before the end of September and will set out to accomplish all our goals,” said Mr. Kazuyuki Kojima, JVA Executive Board Member. "We have 49 nations in national federation category 1 and 2 in Asia that are the targets of this project."
“We will have to first look into each federation’s demands and analyse them practically and then make a proper plan for them,” said Mr. Atsushi Katoh, Development Director of Tokyo Office. “Face to face communication with each of the developed nations involved is very important and I need their passion to get involved,” he said. "The office is going to be a base to develop and carry out the necessary marketing in Asia."
The JVA is responsible for the overall functioning of the office and also has a coordinator to work on increasing the popularity of volleyball in Asia.