School programme launched in Ireland with plenty of activities to follow soon

Volleyball Ireland (VLY) hosted the 2022 CEV School Project promotional launch at their VLY. LIVE event organised on October 1-2 in UL Sports Arena, Limerick. Their guest speaker, the technical director of the French Volleyball Federation, Mr Nicolas Sauerbrey, was in Ireland to deliver sessions to school kids aged between nine and 13 as well as a theoretical session open to coaches and schoolteachers.

The sessions were stage one of a two-part strategy in launching this year’s project in Ireland. The Limerick sessions were followed up with an application process, which started on October 20 for clubs and schools to apply to join this year’s programme. Online teacher resource supports, a four-week introduction to the Volleyball programme as well as additional equipment support delivered by the CEV will be distributed to those successful applications, ultimately helping to ensure Volleyball remains sustainable and enjoyed within schools.

Following on from the fun sessions delivered by Sauerbrey, Volleyball Ireland created ten events to take place throughout November. These fun blitzes will be bringing together 119 mixed school teams aged 11-13 and over 700 schoolchildren to enjoy the game in small-sided games.

Moreover, Volleyball Ireland’s coaching and referee educational TY programme continued this month with three more groups from counties Mayo and Cork (98 students) engaging with the seven-week programme of learning and then delivering sessions to younger children within their schools. To aid in delivering these courses, Volleyball Ireland brought in the assistance of Ireland’s Senior Men’s team captain Aidan McDonnell.

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