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20/06/2020 09:00
CEV School Project inspires thousands of kids to discover and play Volleyball!
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Luxembourg, June 20, 2020. The CEV School Project continues to go from strength to strength even though the coronavirus pandemic has prevented the successful delivery of workshops as well as of many more activities planned by member National Federations. The numbers taken from the 2019/2020 annual report are truly impressive with the project reaching as many as 12,410 children aged 6 to 10 and 365 primary schools across Europe. Moreover, the School Project involved 124 Volleyball clubs as well, thus fulfilling its goal of making sure that after discovering the game at school, kids continue their own Volleyball journey in a club from their neighbourhood.  

In general, the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to everyone’s activities, so the numbers do not indicate what could have happened from March until the end of the school year.

Despite these unfortunate circumstances, the number of primary schools reached through the project registered a massive 148% increase from 2018/2019, but the growth is even more remarkable when looking at the workshops for teachers delivered – as many as 71 vs. 34 in the previous school year. As for the kids starting their ‘discovery’ of Volleyball, the total number – 12,410 – encompasses 7,086 girls and 5,324 boys, with these figures accounting for a terrific 118.9% and 52.68% increase in their respective participation in the programme.

Belarus and Albania were the last countries to join the School Project, thus bringing the total up to 17 National Federations, but the coronavirus outbreak affected the launch of their activities.  According to the data provided by NFs, Cyprus had the highest number of boys (885) and girls (1,000), Montenegro had the highest number of clubs involved (19), while Azerbaijan and Croatia accounted for the most teachers (184) and coaches (90), respectively.

Back in June 2019, the CEV hosted in Kranjska Gora the very first Coaches Convention with a focus on coaches / physical education teachers working with young kids at the entry level of the game and the impact of this conference is overwhelmingly positive.

“Teachers involvement definitely improved, as they offered to go to other schools to spread the knowledge. They understood how important the fun factor is and how you can structure the session so that it is interesting for the child from the beginning to the end,” says Joanna McCrory, Project Manager in Northern Ireland.

“We now have teachers who were not involved before with Volleyball, but after joining the CEV School Project and CEV Coaches Convention, they are now sharing their experience with other teachers in their school and promoting Volleyball beyond the children in their schools,” adds Ivan Boskovic, Secretary General of the Volleyball Federation of Montenegro.

“Coaching is not only a job, it is a calling. The CEV Convention helped motivate the teachers at schools to bring out the prospective children to play, to win and to plan their future. They started to cooperate between themselves, thus making one big community,” stresses Nargiz Ismayilova of the Azerbaijan Volleyball Federation.

“Coaches who attended the 2019 CEV Convention got involved in the CEV School Project as volunteers, helping with the organisation of an additional 3 kids’ events, as 29 new elementary schools joined the project, and the Federation got the support of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport,” states Ana Oblak of Slovenia.

“We have continued the momentum we started with last year and have brought more schools and clubs with us. Clubs and schools had seen the great work that we did last year and they wanted to be a part of it, which has added to the workforce and the platform to grow our sport. The relationships we have built with teachers, school staff, clubs, and facilities have all been so valuable and will be extremely important in our return to sport after COVID-19. With the support of the CEV and the associated branding and resources, we have been able to build the profile and visibility of our sport alongside the participation,” says 2012 Team GB Olympian Lynne Beattie, now a Regional Development Officer for the Scottish Volleyball Association.

Overall, the feedback from the 15 National Federations involved is very positive and everyone is now looking forward to starting project activities again as soon as possible!

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