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26/01/2018 16:37
ERC have productive annual meeting at President’s Office in Belgrade
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Belgrade, Serbia, January 26, 2018. The annual plenary meeting of the European Refereeing Commission (ERC) took place at the President’s Office in Belgrade on Thursday and Friday. CEV President Aleksandar Boričić had the opportunity to address the ERC members and to share the CEV leadership’s vision on a number of strategic items.

The CEV President stressed his satisfaction with the work of the Refereeing Commission, while at the same time emphasising the need to keep up the hard work in order for European referees to get better and better with each year. Mr Boričić said referees should help make sure that players can express their emotions freely while competing on the court and let them flow – as this emotional side contributes to the delivery of a real ‘show’ and ‘experience’ for the fans in attendance.

The CEV President said he and his colleagues are working tirelessly to raise the value and profile of Volleyball as well as its recognition among political authorities and he encouraged the ERC members not to be afraid of making mistakes. “Only good players make mistakes,” he said, “and it is important that we take lessons from such mistakes and these become an opportunity for us to grow and to improve.”  

ERC President Luciano Gaspari shared with his colleagues some insights into the meeting of the FIVB Rules of the Game and Refereeing Commission he attended earlier this month in Lausanne and invited the ERC members to work closely together in order to make sure that the quality of refereeing improves with each season and year. “I am confident that with the contribution of each ERC member we can improve on the good results we have achieved this far,” Mr Gaspari said.

ERC Member Oana Sarb reviewed the current situation in Beach Volleyball refereeing, especially when it comes to appointments and to the provision of opportunities to officiate on the international stage, while looking forward to the highlight of the 2018 season – the European Championship due to take place across four Dutch cities (The Hague, Apeldoorn, Rotterdam and Utrecht).

The ERC members were especially pleased with the outcome of the seminar for young, talented referees organised this past October in Bled, Slovenia – which set the tone for the growth of the next generation of elite Volleyball referees. The ERC reviewed the categorisation of European referees and stressed the necessity to cooperate closely with the FIVB in the appointment of elite referees to their respective competitions.

Mr François Watthez, Education and Referee Coordinator at the CEV headquarters, shared the latest updates on the CEV’s campus, which provides referees – among many other stakeholders and members of the Volleyball family – with an opportunity to continue their education via online resources, courses and much more.  

ERC President Luciano Gaspari closed the meeting by thanking all members for their work and contribution to the discussions and many ongoing projects as well as the President’s Office for their hospitality and assistance during the two-day meeting.

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