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CEV President pleased with work done by Development Centres

CEV President André Meyer with the Directors of the FIVB/CEV Regional Development Centres

Milan, Italy, November 14, 2014 – CEV President André Meyer praised the European development centres on Friday during the FIVB/CEV Regional Volleyball Development Centres Directors meeting.

President Meyer chaired the annual meeting, which was organised at Centro Pavesi in Milan, one of five “hubs” for Volleyball excellence set up across Europe.

The CEV President was pleased with the information shared by the directors of the European DC’s in Baku, Copenhagen, Kettering, Luxembourg and Milan where many activities and courses have been organised to further grow the sports of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball in Europe.

“Although they do not have a long history, our Development Centres have showed an incredible dynamism and enthusiasm in the delivery of their activities,” Mr. Meyer said. 

Mr. Meyer noted that while there have been successes, there is still room for improvement, as they have already fulfilled the mission they were established for: to share knowledge and expertise with anyone involved in the development the sport – with a primary focus on the grass-roots level and on the promotion of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball among the younger generations.

Annual reviews will continue to take place at Development Centres, according to Mr. Meyer.

“The Centro Pavesi that hosted us today here in Milan is already well-known in Italy as a major hub for the development of our sport and is now set to become a meeting point for about 10 national federations located in its vicinity and those of the newly established Western European Volleyball Zonal Association,” he said.

Updates on the activities carried out throughout the year 2014 were shared by each of the directors who then disclosed their respective plans – and relevant budgets – drafted for 2015 as well as their long-term goals for 2016.

The Development Centres will play a major role in sharing and spreading know-how and expertise, especially when it comes to talent identification programmes, technical courses and seminars, and any other activity which can help produce the Volleyball and Beach Volleyball stars of tomorrow.

With a sixth Development Centres planned 2015 in Serbia, CEV will complete their pan-European network providing each one of its 55 members with a “hub” for Volleyball excellence located in their vicinity that will deliver a continuous flow of information for coaches, officials, referees, and anyone who is working hard for a brighter future of the sport in Europe.

“Our Development Centres will also have to work closer with the Zonal Associations and the Small Countries Division,” Mr. Meyer said, “Together they can lay the cornerstone for the next generation of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball players to emerge and eventually shine on the global stage.

“As you know, our Zonal Associations have also set their sight on working at the grass-roots level by organising youth competitions, so in this sense I see the Development Centres and the Zonal Associations like two sides of the same coin. They complement each other and with the support and coordination provided by the CEV, together we can prepare the way for a strong future of our sports in Europe.”


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