Top marks for FIVB's new e-learning platform
The new e-learning platform received top marks from the Coaching Commission in January and will now roll out for the FIVB Coaches Course Level I as a starting point.
The software includes interactive elements such as audio guides, graphics and videos to allow course participants the chance to improve their theoretical knowledge of the sport ahead of attending the event. It is available in English, French and Spanish.
Once onsite, FIVB instructors will focus on the practical side of the course, therefore reducing the duration from 11 days to five. Participants will also be given the option to reach out to their instructor during the online course before the start of the event, allowing them to ask any theory questions ahead of time.
The move is a huge step forward in terms of developing coaches for volleyball, and is another example of how FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F°’s vision of increasing the use of technology for the benefit of the game is being put into practice. It also fits in with the FIVB’s 9 Goals programme, helping grow the number of volleyball players and consumers.
Philippe Blain, assistant coach of the Polish men’s national team and president of the FIVB Coaching Commission was positive this new initiative could change the way coaches are created going forward.
“In the field of coaches courses, it is very interesting to develop this part of e-learning where we are able to share very good content for everyone,” said Blain, who also coached the French national team for seven years. “We are creating this structure with this very important content and studies that everyone can do at home.”
Giovanni Guidetti, current coach of the Netherlands women’s national team and Turkish club Vakifbank Istanbul was also fully supportive of the new programme.
“This coaches course is amazing. You go from the history of volleyball to the rules, to the skills and the drills,” he explained. “You can really learn step by step from A to B to C every aspect of our great sport and you can really learn with studying and watching videos. There are even quizzes where you can answer questions. It is a tremendous job.”