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American Samoa coach Matu'u visits FIVB

Tumua Matu'u and Scott Riewald at the International Volleyball Federation headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 6, 2015 - American Samoa women’s national team coach Tumua Matu'u and International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Programme (ICECP) tutor Scott Riewald visited the FIVB headquarters in Lausanne to discuss the development project Ms Matu'u is currently working on and how the FIVB’s development programmes can help grow volleyball and beach volleyball in her country.

The ICECP is supported by Olympic Solidarity, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the University of Delaware. Since its inception in 2008, the ICECP has hosted 139 coaches from all five Olympic Zones, 80 countries and 23 sport disciplines.
Modules I, II and II of the ICECP are offered over a five-week period in the United States. Module I is held at the University of Delaware Campus; Module II is an observational apprenticeship in a high performance environment, and Module III is held at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. After Module III, participants return to their home country to implement the project developed over the course of Modules I, II, and III. Participants also travel to Lausanne, Switzerland to present their project to an International Olympic Committee jury in order to successfully complete the programme.

Ms Matu'u’s project focuses on creating the programmes necessary to qualify a national women's volleyball team from American Samoa for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

During Ms Matu'u´s visit, discussions centred on her project and on what can be done to help develop volleyball in her country. Members of the FIVB’s Sports Development Department were on hand to explain how the organisation’s development programmes work and how coaches in American Samoa can benefit.


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