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04/11/2019 10:20
CEV Coaches Convention inspires lecturer to re-assess development programme
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Luxembourg, November 4, 2019. The CEV Coaches Convention held earlier this year in Kranjska Gora was an opportunity not only for the attendees but also for the lecturers to re-assess their vision and programmes as to how children should learn the ABC of the game and feel comfortable when playing Volleyball at the entry level.

Remko Kenter has been working very extensively in the Netherlands and more specifically in his hometown Sliedrecht in order to involve as many youngsters as possible in his club’s grassroots activities.

“The challenge we have is to involve more boys, because of the competition brought by other sports, especially football,” he said last week, while paying a short visit to the CEV headquarters in Luxembourg. “The experience at the Coaches Convention made me somehow re-think the programme and concept I had developed for my club. The youngest kids learn to play the game 1 v 1, simply by throwing and catching the ball, but I have realised that as they grow older, they should move to the 2-aside and 3-aside format, so we get closer to the feeling of the real game, so to speak,” he continued. “Training should always be as easy and fun as possible, thus making sure that the children come back for the next session.”


Working with kids at the entry level of Volleyball is a challenging, yet extremely enriching experience

Kenter has developed a full set of drills and exercises for children to familiarise with the game while playing outdoors and indoors as well. “I am happy that we have grown participation at the grassroots quite dramatically. We started with some 60 kids and we now have almost 200. What is most impressive is that the number of boys has grown from five to almost 80. These are all kids aged from five to 12, which we can regard as the entry level to the Volleyball game,” he continued.


Remko Kenter leading a practical session during the Coaches Convention held earlier this year in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

The Dutchman agrees that the inaugural Coaches Convention was a truly inspirational opportunity for all those in attendance. Coaches and physical education teachers could learn from the best experts when it comes to working with kids – and Kenter acknowledges that the experience shared by other lecturers, such as Italian renowned coach Marco Mencarelli helped re-evaluate the whole process already in place back home. “My experience tells me that children especially enjoy the possibility of scoring a point and for this we have developed an adjusted version of the game called Smashball, which focusses on smashing the ball,” Kenter recounted.

The preparations have already started for another convention to take place next year as well – while the CEV have just received news that a project fostering cooperation between coaches from Europe and Asia will profit from EU funds.

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