Seychelles FIVB instructor for volleyball coaching courses

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A Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) official from Seychelles will be in the country in May to conduct coaching courses in line with the Zimbabwe Volleyball Association (ZVA)’s talent identification programme targeted at primary school children.

ZVA secretary-general Ringisai Mapondera yesterday confirmed the coming of the yet-to-be-named Seychelles national who will be conducting FIVB Sport Aid Programme (SAP) courses for teachers.Mapondera said the coaching courses will, however, not be limited to the teachers.

“It will be a teachers’ course that will begin on May 1 with the instructor coming from Seychelles. We are also looking at club personnel who will be interested. Our drive is mainly developmental, with the main focus being on the development stages of volleyball in line with the Great Zimbabwe Talent Identification Programme for kids from 8-10 years,” Mapondera said.

Mapondera said ZVA has established centres of excellence around the country for talent identification with some of the country’s 10 provinces having already identified schools for the programme.

The ZVA spokesperson said the SAP courses will come in handy in complementing the volleyball talent identification programme.

ZVA has identified Eveline High School (Bulawayo), Mufakose 2 High (Harare), Hermann Gmeiner Secondary School in Mashonaland Central and Pamushana in Masvingo as the centres of excellence.

According to the International Volleyball Federation: “Every year the FIVB provides nets, balls, T-shirts and instructors from around the world to National Federations of Category One and Two to teach players, coaches and teachers the game of volleyball.
The programme helps to promote volleyball in these countries and the results of the teachers’ courses have been fantastic, with the teachers using their new skills to start up and train volleyball teams in their schools and communities.”

The available courses are teachers course (how to teach school children to play), young players’ course (how to play), grassroots beach volleyball course (beach volleyball) and FIVB coaches course — Level 1.

Meanwhile, two of Zimbabwe’s top volleyball coaches, Vulindlela Moyo and Itsanang Abu-Basutu, will be facilitating beginner coaching courses at Raylton Sports Club in Bulawayo from March 15-17, also targeted at school teachers, but open to interested individuals.

Moyo and Abu-Basutu were sanctioned by the Bulawayo Volleyball Association to conduct the course and the former yesterday said on Monday they had sent correspondence to stakeholders who include the Sport and Recreation Commission, National Association of Secondary School Heads and the National Association of Primary School Heads.