Lausanne, Switzerland, November 27, 2015 – The Fiji Volleyball Federation won the Peace and Sport Federation of the Year award in Monaco on Thursday. The award was received on behalf of the Fiji Volleyball Federation by FIVB Board of Administration Member Mr Renato Arena.
The award was given in recognition of the Fiji Volleyball Federation’s success in running the Pacific Volleyball Partnership programme. Funded by the Australian Sports Commission, the programme aims to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases through volleyball in villages in Fiji, focusing on women and girls.
The reasons the programme specifically targets women and girls are twofold: twice as many women than men are obese, and women lack safe and accessible opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity.
Created in 2008, the annual Peace and Sport Awards reward organisations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to peace, dialogue and social stability through sport.
From specific field programmes to global initiatives, the winners have led projects that are symbolic of sport’s capacity to reconcile divided or opposed communities. They are an inspiration to other stakeholders for what sport can achieve on the global stage.
The Fiji Volleyball Federation also won the Sport Federation Governing Body of the Year award at the Beyond Sport Awards 2015 in October this year.