Development News

Bangkok, Thailand, February 6, 2018 – The AVC Development and Marketing Committee, chaired by Mr Ramon Suzara, was held at the Dusit Princess Srinakharin Hotel in Bangkok on Friday with aims of informing the committee members about the FIVB’s development initiatives and clearing the air of doubts if future AVC courses can still be held.

Initially, Mr Suzara let the committee members be informed of the FIVB’s development structure change and the main topics discussed at the FIVB Development Commission Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on January 23, 2018.

“Many things have changed. There are changes in the FIVB Development Commission not only in the development structure but also the strategies. So far, the FIVB has stopped their financial supports to Development Centres worldwide, leaving only three FIVB Development Centers in Dominican Republic, Argentina and Thailand to remain active. All of them have to adapt to change and create suitable conditions for a successful goal. However, for AVC, Secretary-General Mr Shanrit Wongprasert has already informed that AVC will try their best to hold at least nine courses for referees on reduced budget,” Mr Suzara said.

He added that during the presentation of the recent FIVB Development Commission Meeting chaired by FIVB President Dr Ary Graca, the attendants have been informed of the FIVB’s financial budget for national teams, development centers and zonal associations.

“For each National Federation, they can go directly to the FIVB website, enter the development projects and request for the supporting budget. But one thing they have to be sure of is that from now on, they have to come up with a development project which can finally come to fruition and no more just the idea or a paper project,” he added.

Previously, FIVB and AVC Honorary Life President Mr Wei Jizhong, Mr Suzara said, took care of the AVC development projects, but all projects have already returned to the FIVB.

“Therefore, if National Federations want to talk about the development projects, they have to directly contact the FIVB including a request for supporting budget for any development project. According to the FIVB Strategies and Vision, the FIVB will see the National Federations as the top priority and that’s why they have to keep in touch with the FIVB for updates about the supporting budget.

“The FIVB needs more communications with NFs. The will also emphasize national teams and championships. So, zonal championships will also be focussed in this case. In terms of courses, seminars and other campaigns, most of them will be on line. Participants will spend 4-5 days in studying those courses online to be set up by the FIVB and the Rules of the Game and Refereeing Commission. They have to pass the theoretical part first before undergoing the practical session. To ask for a supporting budget, National Federations have to apply for it with their projects which will later be taken by the FIVB and the Development Commission for further consideration. More importantly, the FIVB prefer to see the concrete projects rather than to get their ideas to organise this or that,” Mr Suzara continued.

The FIVB has already set up an office in China to work on development and marketing affairs in Asia and Oceania, while from this year onward, categorisation for NFs will not be considered any more.

Furthermore, the FIVB also needs the plan and projects from NFs at least two years in advance. They have to submit directly to the FIVB.

“The FIVB has stopped supporting the referee courses as they considered that there are around 2,000 referees worldwide but only 100 can be used in international competitions. However, I have asked the FIVB about the referees’ retirement. If there are no more referee courses in the future and our referees are also retiring, how can we replace the retired referees with the new ones who have to be well-qualified and take referee courses. So, we still need courses for referees. President Graca said this matter will be taken for discussion again in the following meetings,” Suzara said.

He added that FIVB referee courses will be launched on website and any referee interested to join the course must apply online. Communications with the website will be on English and French, but in the future, it will also be published in Spanish.

“However, for AVC, it has been confirmed that at least nine courses remain. They consist of three each for indoor, beach volleyball and refreshment courses. The other three courses are also expected for coaches. Nonetheless, all these courses will be conducted on reduced budget,” he insisted.

Topics discussed in the Friday’s meeting also included the FIVB surveys on the proportion of the men’s and women’s competitions and men’s and women’s coaches in each Confederation as well as the sponsorship and marketing plans. The number of media partners are still low, but 92% of benefits can be obtained from the media partners, while the remaining 8 are from television.

“I think all NFs have to work much harder from now on to seek their own money, better than relying mostly on the FIVB,” he said.

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