CEV highest authorities pay visit to Scotland ahead of historic #EuroVolleyU20W

CEV President Aleksandar Boričić and CEV Senior Vice-President Renato Arena have travelled to Scotland for a series of high-profile meetings with representatives of Scottish Volleyball as well as local authorities.

The first meeting with Margaret Ann Fleming MBE, Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Volleyball and CEV Vice-President, included discussions on strategic planning for the future, partnership work between the CEV and Scottish Volleyball and how CEV can support the Scottish Volleyball family with the planning and delivery of #EuroVolleyU20W in 2024. Further to this, Mr Boričić, Mr Arena and Ms Fleming discussed Scottish Volleyball’s successful FIVB project platform, and the possibility of providing further support to this project and to the future coaching requirements of the Scottish Federation as well.

Next was a meeting with the University of Edinburgh and Jim Aitken, Director and Head of Sport Development, where the parties discussed the ongoing successful partnership between the University and Scottish Volleyball. In addition, the development of young people in sport and the pathways to performance were discussed, more specifically the inclusion of female participation and a new indoor facility, which shall include Volleyball and the opening of this building in 2026.

Finally, Mr Boričić and Mr Arena met with Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport. Mr Boričić explained the vision and mission of the CEV – followed by a discussion around the ways the Scottish Government could help support Scottish Volleyball in their plans increasing Volleyball participation in Scotland and in this Federation’s role in championing female Volleyball and the up-and-coming 2024 U20 Women’s European finals.

Margaret Ann Fleming MBE said, “It is an absolute pleasure to have our President and Senior Vice-President here visiting Scotland, all the meetings today were extremely positive, with discussions which were deep, meaningful and visionary for our sport. The meeting with both the University, (where our Federation is based) and the Scottish Government was a first for our sport and the CEV President and Senior Vice-President explored, supported and encouraged further partnership work for the future. Volleyball in Scotland is developing into a major force to be considered and our future is looking very bright indeed.”

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