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19/11/2019 20:00
Philippe Blain delivers inspirational Level 1 Coaches Course in North Macedonia
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Skopje, North Macedonia, November 19, 2019. With the good impression that they left at their maiden CEV EuroVolley appearance this past September, Macedonian Volleyball players have encouraged positive developments in all aspects of the sport in the Republic of North Macedonia. Following the ‘Young and Talented Referees Seminar’ organised in early October in cooperation with CEV, the Volleyball Federation of North Macedonia and the Olympic Committee of North Macedonia have just delivered a FIVB Coaches Course – Level 1. In the past four days, the famous French coach Philippe Blain – who is also the President of the European Coaches Commission – shared his wealth of experience with 38 coaches, who left Skopje with a lot of useful info when it comes to Volleyball and coaching, more specifically.

“It is always easier to be a player than a coach. In modern Volleyball, coaches face many challenges. The most important thing for them is to gather information, analyse and understand every situation, solve problems and correct players. Not only for my younger colleagues, but for me as well, it was an enjoyable experience because I taught a Level 1 course for the first time,” said Blain, who has achieved plenty of impressive results during his three-decade coaching career. These include winning the gold medal at the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship as an assistant to Stéphane Antiga in the Polish national team. Blain is now an assistant coach for the Japanese national team, which will participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.

In his four-day work in Skopje, Mr Blain delivered theoretical lectures on a variety of topics: being a coach, presentation of exercises and correction, techniques and preparation exercises, block and defence system, as well as mental motivation. Moreover, he delivered two practical sessions as well, including demonstration of warming up techniques, service, pass, defence, block and much more.

“Our guest was an eminent Volleyball coach with extensive working experience across the globe. It was a privilege for us to hear his thoughts on the modern Volleyball game, and for our domestic coaches and foreign guests from Greece, Cyprus, Estonia and Chinese Taipei, this was a chance to learn new things that they will implement in their work,” stressed the Secretary General of the Volleyball Federation of North Macedonia, Zoran Karanovic.

Therefore, another important Volleyball event in North Macedonia is now in the history books. All parties involved in Volleyball in this Balkan country already look forward to the next one.

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