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New Attire To Boost Beach Volleyball

  A change in the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) rules regarding the attire that can be worn in beach volleyball has sparked a huge interest from females to take part
05 Mar 2017 11:11
New Attire To Boost Beach Volleyball
Adi Cakobau School student Taraivosa Taqaitawa makes a perfect receive of the ball during the beach volleyball clinic at the Laucala Netball Centre yesterday.Picture:Jone Luvenitoga

 

A change in the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) rules regarding the attire that can be worn in beach volleyball has sparked a huge interest from females to take part in the sport.

The Fiji Volleyball Federation and Pacific Volleyball Partnership (PVP) programme ran the first beach volleyball coaching clinic at the National Beach Court in Laucala yesterday.

The clinic attracted 12 students; nine girls and three boys. They were from Adi Cakobau School, Sila Central and John Wesley College.

The clinic is aimed at not only growing the sport in the country but promoting gender equality and the participation of women in sports.

With the growing interest from females to play the sport, PVP committee coach Marica Togayali said, it is now easier for females to take up beach volleyball as the rules on the attire have changed.

“I think beach volleyball can really grow, now that we have started this programme,” she said.

“One of the problems that have prevented people joining is the attire that is supposed to be worn.

“Usually it is a two piece that is being worn during competitions but now it’s a bit different, the rules have changed and tights, shorts and vests are allowed to be worn by the players.

“This was a major hindrance for the Pacific Islanders especially because we are more reserved in our appearance and it is not heard of to wear such clothing.

“This was also a major concern for the international board as Pacific islanders were not taking part in tournaments overseas because of the attire. So this is a huge step and a positive one for us.

“A large number of girls have showed up for the clinic and that is a really good thing for us because we are trying to promote gender equality and the participation of women in sports.”

Togayali said they are pleased with the turnout on the first day of the clinic and hope it would grow in the coming weeks.

“This is a good start for young kids and we are very pleased with the turnout. Despite the weather from the last few days, it turned out sunny today so we are thankful for the good weather.

“What prompted the clinic is after the Oceania and zonal competitions we had here in the past year, we have seen that a couple of students have been really interested.

“The Fiji Volleyball Federation and PVP programme decided to reach out to the younger ones to teach them about beach volleyball as it is not that big in the country compared to indoor volleyball.

“The differences in playing beach volleyball compared to volleyball that everyone knows about is not that big. One of the main differences is the amount of players that can play, we have six players indoors while only two can play in beach volleyball and having just two players is much easier.

“So from this clinic we are hoping to attract more students or anyone who is interested to learn, especially females.”

The clinic will run every Saturday for the month of March. Talks will be held on the decision to have a school competition every year. -Edited by Osea Bola

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