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CEV Beach Volleyball Coaching Seminar begins at Baku Development Centre

CEV Vice-President and EBVC President Renato Arena with the CEV Beach Volleyball Coaching Seminar lecturers and participants
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 7, 2015 - The very first Beach Volleyball Coaching Seminar organised by the CEV started on Thursday in Baku at the premises of the local FIVB/CEV Development Centre.

The seminar is chaired by CEV Vice-President and European Beach Volleyball Commission (EBVC) President Renato Arena, with the participation of three lecturers: Mr Carlos Galetti, the Brazilian-born coach of Turkey’s beach volleyball national team, Mr Victor Anfiloff, Performance Manager of the Dutch national team, and Mr Fosco Cicola of Italy, who is currently working with his native country’s best beach volleyball duos.

The seminar is focusing on the role and tasks of beach volleyball coaches, as these have been further acknowledged following the FIVB’s decision to allow their presence in the field of play so that they can interact with players at certain events like the Continental Cup and age-group championships.

Recognition of beach volleyball coaches is still extremely heterogeneous across the 55 members of Europe’s volleyball family and with this seminar the CEV is laying the foundations for closer cooperation with national federations and, at the same time, is stimulating their efforts to work on a well-defined and clear policy for the development of beach volleyball coaching.

Even though such actions have to be adjusted to local conditions and to each country, there are some basic criteria which will help to develop consistency and standardise relevant procedures.

“I am very pleased that this seminar is taking place at the Baku Development Centre, one of our ‘hubs’ for volleyball and beach volleyball excellence, only weeks ahead of the inaugural European Games that will be taking place in this city. As far as the goals of this seminar are concerned, we are currently trying to analyse and get a better overview of the current situation in Europe in terms of beach volleyball coaching,” said Mr Arena. “At the same time, we want to convey to our national federations a clear message on the CEV’s view on the matter. Our goal at this seminar is also to set some principles in order to help national federations in their efforts to develop beach volleyball at the grassroots level, something that can only happen when both coaches and athletes are provided with the right environment in which to share their knowledge and improve on their skills.”

The seminar started on Thursday and will continue through Friday evening as additional presentations and discussions will follow on the development of beach volleyball coaching at a national level, with the ultimate goal being to introduce the sport to more and more youngsters and make sure that the coaches’ role is properly acknowledged and further developed. “The CEV is ready to assist all members in the implementation and management of such actions,” Mr Arena added.
“We hope that we will eventually be able to introduce a beach volleyball coaches’ recognition and licensing system in Europe.”


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