Bangkok, Thailand, February 5, 2020 – The FIVB Project Platform, as part of the Nucleus Plan, became one of the key ideas and topics discussed at the AVC Development and Marketing Committee Meeting at Arnoma Grand Bangkok Hotel on Wednesday.

Mr Ramon Suzara chaired the one-day meeting, which was held annually to reflect on the tasks and projects the committee has accomplished over the past year and set up future planning for more successes.

Mr Ramon informed attendants of the FIVB updates on the Development Commission Meeting a few days ago, citing that the FIVB Project Platform is open to all National Federations wishing to apply for support in improving performances of their national teams, and for support with coaching and volleyball equipment.

According to the AVC DMC Chairman, the FIVB supports have been split into coach support, volleyball equipment and coaching the coaches.

In 2019, the world’s governing body received a total of 123 applications comprising 46 coaching support for national teams, 65 volleyball equipment and 12 coach the coaches (high-performance coaching clinics), but 113 projects had been approved including 43 coach support and 59 volleyball equipment, making things clear that the FIVB’s commitment to supporting National Federations plays a key role in helping grow the sport in their country and region. AVC alone had 36 approved out of 40 received projects including 14 applications for coach support and 19 volleyball equipment.

Regarding the FIVB Coaches Courses, which saw registration open to National Federations from November 2019 to register dates and type of course, a total of 54 courses are due to be organised in 2020 – 27 courses for (volleyball) Coaches Courses Level 1, 17 courses for (volleyball) Coaches Courses Level 2, 4 courses for (volleyball) Coaches Courses Level 3 and 6 courses for beach volleyball. FIVB has recently appointed Louise Bawden from Australia (beach volleyball) and Mohammed Jalal Isa from Bahrain to be FIVB Instructors.

Other important topics including the development of Snow Volleyball, Good Net Project outreach & engagement, FIVB Development Centers and the Olympic Solidarity Programe to support FIVB zonal associations were also raised for further discussion and awareness among attendants.

In terms of the FIVB Development Centers, Mr Ramon informed that officials from FIVB Technical & Development Department had visited FIVB Development Centre in Thailand in May 2019 and expressed their satisfaction over the increasing number of teams visiting the Centre and using the facilities on an annual basis for intensive training, warm-up matches and competitions predominately in indoor volleyball.

According to Mr Ramon, during the FIVB Development Commission Meeting, FIVB President Dr Ary Graca also highlighted the growth of beach volleyball in Oceania and hoped that the continent will bid for and host more events in the near future.

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