Volleyball goes from strength to strength in Bahrain

The Bahrain Volleyball Association (BVA) continues to enhance its national volleyball team development programme for both youth and senior men’s national teams with FIVB development support.

The FIVB’s coaching support has been ongoing throughout 2021, with 12 months of support also approved for 2022. As part of the project, highly-experienced Brazilian coach Mr Issanye Ramirez Ferraz has been appointed to lead the development of Bahrain’s youth and men’s national teams with the ultimate aim of improving the teams’ rankings at both a continental and international level.

Bahrain’s national teams have already made significant progress. Notably, the men’s senior national team finished 10th at this year’s Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship while the U21 team earned its first ever FIVB Volleyball U21 Men’s World Championship victory in October, beating Morocco 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-22) and finished the tournament in 14th. Meanwhile, the U19 team finished second at the Gulf U19 Volleyball Championship.

FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said:

“By reinvesting the money that comes from the sport back into the sport, we have been able to consistently elevate the level of volleyball worldwide. The achievements we see in Bahrain are testament to the FIVB’s wide-reaching and professionally delivered development programme, as well as the BVA’s commitment to improving the level of the sport in Bahrain.”

BVA President Sheik Ali Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa said:

“The support provided by the FIVB has helped us become more internationally competitive in volleyball, and the Bahraini teams have achieved great results in the past seven months. It has also provided us with the opportunity to have a full-time coach working on the development of national teams through the interests and objectives of the BVA.”

Head Coach Issanye Ramirez Ferraz said:

“Local coaches and I have implemented a consistent approach in the development process for the U16, U19, U21 and senior national teams. This has meant the regimented physical and technical development of more than 79 athletes over the course of a seven-month training period.

“This detailed work, enabled by FIVB development support, has helped Bahrain’s national teams to achieve great results in 2021, as well as impressive growth for the senior team.”

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