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All five Continental Confederations present future plans

NORCECA President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz explained the structure and the operational developments within the confederation
 Cagliari, Italy, November 1, 2014 – The Presidents of the five continental confederations grouped under the FIVB presented their future plans to the 210 national federations attending the 34th World Congress while expressing their optimism for the eventual development of the sport in their respective regions.

In the closing session of the biennial general assembly, Dr. Rafael Lloreda (South America), Dr. Amr Elwani (Africa), Dr. Saleh Bin Nasser (Asia), Mr. Andre Meyer (Europe) and Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz (NORCECA) explained their projects in the short, medium and long term and got a positive reaction from the representatives of the national federations.

Dr. Lloreda, who was the first to present the plans of the South American Confederation, made reference to the “WAVE” project intended to generate news about competitions in a spiral motion utilizing social media channels as well as traditional means of communications.

The plan is to integrate young students of journalism into the different national federations with the responsibility of spreading volleyball and beach volleyball news from their countries and to maintain constant contact with the CSV.

Dr. Elwani commented on the Africa Dream Project based on a common development plan putting emphasis on the national federations in categories I and II but also providing support to the elite African teams.

He called attention to the need to give more participation to women based on the principles of equity and inclusion as well as the optimal use of resources.

The project will be focused on players aged between 8 and 14 years old who will go through a programme based on a philosophy named “Long Term Athlete’s Development” aimed at creating strong and competitive youth volleyball teams.

Dr. Bin Nasser said the first move of the Asian Volleyball Confederation will be to move their headquarters from Tokyo to Bangkok and a request from the five zonal representatives to identify the needs of national federations I and II as well as the current situation of volleyball in their regions.

The plan aims at greater participation of national federations in beach volleyball as well as in the different age-group categories of volleyball with the establishment of Development Academies in the five zones with support from the FIVB.

They also have plans to create development centres in all five zones utilizing the current FIVB Development Centres to guarantee the sustainability of those programmes.

Meyer said the keys for Europe are participation and involvement to go hand in hand with the concept of development the FIVB has brought to the table.

He said their programme is aimed toward working with the younger generation of players with an increase in the number of competitions they participate in, as well as summer beach volleyball festivals for kids.

Meyer commented that social media and mobile applications have greatly contributed to the expansion of the sport and volleyball can’t ignore this universal trend which has become so popular among the younger generation.

Finally, Marte Hoffiz closed the presentation of reports with full details of the structure of the NORCECA Confederation and the way it operates internally and externally, keeping in constant communication with all its affiliates.

Marte Hoffiz presented calendars of volleyball and beach volleyball covering 2015-2018 and showed how they organized the qualification process for the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, offering open opportunities to all the countries.

He gave special mention to the partnership with Molten and Sport Court that has allowed NORCECA to distribute playing equipment to all its members as well as playing surfaces to a group of them as part of the plan to offer better conditions to practice the sport.

He gave credit to all the leaders of the four zonal associations within the continental confederation as well as the regional development centre located in the Dominican Republic.

At the end of his report he presented a video of the participation of the Dominican Republic team in the FIVB Women’s World Championship in Italy where they finished in fifth position and said they were an example of what can be achieved with effort and dedication.

Several National Federations received plaques of recognition for celebrating the 25th and 50th anniversary of being established and affiliated to the FIVB.

The presidents of the National Federations of El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago from NORCECA and England from Europe received awards for their 50th anniversaries.

Those with 25 years were: Algeria, Barbados, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Grenada, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Monaco, Niger, Niue Island, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, St Kitts & Nevis, Thailand and Wales. 


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