|Thailand has been singled out as
one of the most improved Volleyball nations recently
all thanks to an impressive development program.
The FIVB development program "2001 National Team
Project," which has been very well supported since
1979 by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand, has
been responsible for seeing Thailand record some
impressive results on the international scene.
Through the program a selection of potential players
taller than 175 cm were trained and housed in Yala,
a city in the southern part of Thailand, where they
received three years of special tuition. The program
has been such a success that the Thailand national
teams can now stand alongside such Volleyball greats
as the leading teams of Asia; China, Korea and Japan.
On their last trip to the Asian Championships in
Vietnam in 2003 the Thailand women’s team placed
fourth behind China, Japan and Korea. Previously,
they scored a historic victory over Japan in 2001
and finished runner-up at the 11th Asian Senior
Women's Volleyball Championship, hosted in Thailand
in the same year. In 2002 the junior team defeated
Korea and Japan to finish second at the 11th Asian
Junior Women's Volleyball Championship in Vietnam.
Following this recent success the Thailand
Volleyball Association has now launched another
project known as the "2004 National Team Project",
in which, since the end of 2001, they have been
supported by BEC World. This new project will ensure
that the next generation of Thai players will be
nurtured and encouraged to achieve even greater
goals than their predecessors.
On the big international scale Thailand, currently
17th on the FIVB world rankings, are still growing.
Their 17th-place finish at the 2002 Women's World
Championship in Germany and a 10th at the 2004 World
Grand Prix are clear indications that the road to
the top is still a long one.
Having missed out on Olympic qualification followed
by their disappointing World Grand Prix result last
year, where they only won one of their nine games, Thailand will be looking to take something out of
the 2005 season with a solid performance in the 2005 World Grand Prix especially since they are hosting a
preliminary round group
Overall Standings for Thailand
Word Grand Prix Played
Total Matches played
Chanbunchee, a physical educational teacher from Nakhon Ratchasima, first started working as a
Volleyball coach in 1984.
Although he does not live in the heart of Thailand Volleyball – Bangkok – Chanbunchee’s thirst for learning and for experiencing Volleyball at different levels has seen him succeed not only at school level but also national and international competitions.
He has coached his home town at the national Junior Games and national Senior Games before going onto coach a club in the national first division, recording many great achievements along the way both at national and international Competitions.
In 2005, he was nominated as the head coach of the Thailand national women’s team for the first time and in front of him is a hectic schedule with the 2006 World Championships, Asian Senior Women's Championship, South East Asian Games and the most important event, the 2005 World Grand Prix.
His aim for this year is for an improved performance at the World Grand Prix while also hoping to lead the national women’s team to the final round of the 2006 Women’s World Championship.