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Canada to host International Coaching Symposium during VNL weekend

Ottawa, Canada, April 2, 2019 - Canada will not only host FIVB Volleyball Nations League week 2 pool play matches from June 7 to 9, the local organizers will also have some of the top coaching minds share their knowledge at an International Coaching Symposium in Ottawa.

“Last year, we ran a successful Coaching Symposium during VNL that included around 200 coaches from across the country,” said Volleyball Canada’s CEO and President Mark Eckert. “This year, in association with our local partners and the Ontario Volleyball Association, we are on track to have another insightful and engaging conference for coaches at many levels.”

“The visiting international coaches (from the Australian, German and Serbian teams) have been very gracious in sharing their time and knowledge as part of VNL, which brings another dimension of value and excitement to the local community surrounding the event in our nation’s capital.”

The International Coach Symposium targets coaches interested in expanding their coaching knowledge through presentations on high level volleyball principles. Coaches of school, club, college, university, provincial and national teams will all benefit from this programme. The presenters will share their national/international volleyball experiences, and will deal with advanced coaching concepts capable of inspiring coaches at all levels.

Preparing for High Performance: On Sunday morning, two court sessions targeted at coaches preparing young athletes for high performance will be offered. The first one will deal with Smashball and the introduction to the sport of volleyball. The second will look at creative strategies for developing athletes in the 12U-15U range. Together, these sessions will inspire club, elementary and high school coaches who help athletes prepare for high performance volleyball.

A combination of on-court and classroom sessions will be offered. The topics will range from skill specific training to efficient coaching principles and more.

Featured presenters include:

Glenn Hoag: Team Canada men’s head coach / Arkas Spor Izmir
Tom Black: Team Canada women’s head coach / University of Georgia Bulldogs
Mark Lebedew: Team Australia men’s head coach
Andrea Giani: Team Germany head coach / Revivre Milano head coach
Nikola Grbic: Team Serbia head coach / Calzedonia Verona head coach
Shannon Winzer: Volleyball Canada NextGen / Former Team Australia women’s head coach
Kerry MacDonald: VC Director of Sport Science/Medicine and Innovation
João Paulo Bravo: Men’s Junior National Team Head Coach
Ben Josephson: Team Canada women's assistant coach/ TWU men’s head coach
Kyle Paquette: mental performance coach
Scott Koskie: Team Canada women’s youth head coach

For more information, visit the Volleyball Canada website here.


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