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“Maningue Volei” takes root in Maputo

The Maningue mascot is all set to cheer on children at the various volleyball development programmes intended for the African country

Maputo, Mozambique, December 13, 2013 – The Portuguese Volleyball Federation (FPV) recently held a Gira-Volei course for Physical Education teachers in the capital of Mozambique under the leadership of Leonel Salgueiro, FPV National Coordinator and FIVB instructor.

Gira Volei’ was started in 1998 by the Portuguese Volleyball Federation to promote volleyball by creating fun ways for children to practice the sport and learn the game.

The four day training course in Maputo culminated in a ‘Mass Volley’ tournament for local children. The course was intended to encourage practitioners to put in place, development programmes similar to Portugal’s Gira-Volei, on the African continent.

To this end Mozambique now has ‘Maningue Volei’, a volleyball initiation programme, currently underway in the country to promote the sport among local youngsters.

In an interview with RTP Africa, Leonel Salgueiro said, “This training course had a theoretical component where the objectives of this programme were presented and a practical component which explained how we should begin training the young ones in a way that motivates them to play the sport. Then we took it to the competitive level by holding a tournament on the last day of this training course.

“We know that volleyball is a very demanding sport and we created Gira-Volei to simplify it from the beginning. In this way the youngsters play 2-on-2 using only the overhand pass and a specific type of ball. We want children to play the sport in an easy, fun and competitive way, thus being motivated to continue through their lives.

“Mozambique has 22 million inhabitants and only 1,400 of those play the sport. With Cool Volley and Maningue Volei we intend to make the sport more widespread here.”


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