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Gira-Praia programme sees four new centres set up in Portugal

Training centres in the region of the Algarve will host beach volleyball throughout the year
Faro, Portugal, January 28, 2015 - The Gira-Praia development programme is an initiative by the Portuguese Volleyball Federation (FPV) which has seen four new training centres set up in the region of the Algarve, in the south of the country. Venues in the cities of Faro, Albufeira, Lagos and Portimão will act as nurseries for tomorrow’s high-performance athletes.

Gira-Praia National Coordinator Ricardo Rocha stressed the importance of this step:  “The Algarve offers unique conditions for beach volleyball and a lot of potential to attract young athletes. Furthermore, we will have the capability to practice beach volleyball throughout the year, and not only in the summer, which is one of the main goals of this project.”

The Algarve’s Gira-Praia centres are supported by a strategic partnership with the Alentejo Volleyball Association (AVAL) and clubs such as Atlético Clube de Albufeira, São Francisco Associação Desportiva (Faro) and Amigos de Voleibol de Portimão.

Rocha added that: “The coaches of these clubs will manage their respective centres, aiding us in that huge task. We also hope to spread this project to other cities and entities in the near future."

The Gira-Praia initiative was first mapped out in 2014 at Portugal’s Beach Volleyball High Performance Training Centre (CTARVP). It has rapidly grown in popularity and become a part of the Portuguese volleyball development panorama.

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