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Volleyball’s Grassroots Focus

The Fiji Volleyball Federation has plans to introduce the game at grassroots level in an effort to grow the sport in Fiji and help teams excel at international competitions. Federation
13 Jan 2020 13:16
Volleyball’s Grassroots Focus
Fiji and Tuvalu beach volleyball players with Fiji Volleyball Federation president Liga Gukisuva (front second from left) and Italian indoor national team manager Federic Toron (front third from left) in Suva on January 10, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The Fiji Volleyball Federation has plans to introduce the game at grassroots level in an effort to grow the sport in Fiji and help teams excel at international competitions.

Federation president Liga Gukisuva said they were working with stakeholder to roll out a plan this year

Those plans include holding regular local competition through which players can be identified for national team selection, he said.

“One of the things that we want to do this year is to take the games to Primary and Secondary schools,” Gukisuva said.

“Once our partners and shareholders agree to our terms and conditions then will take it from there. We are looking to take the game to the grassroots level and having a mass number of players that we can choose from once we have all this regional and local competition.”

He added that a bigger pool of players to choose from would directly translate into international success.

“The talents are out there it’s just a matter of providing this kind of tournament for them to come and shine and give the coaches an opportunity to select from a large pool of players,” Gukisuva said.

“Our target this year is to have a minimum of 10 if it’s more than that it’s a bonus to us. If we need to get things happening we need more tournaments.”

The Fiji and Tuvalu Beach volleyball teams had a warm up match last Saturday in Suva as part of that development programme. The intention is to ensure the national gets regular game time.

Present during the match was Italian Indoor national team manager Federic Toron, who shared some tips with the Fijian and Tuvaluan players.

Toron, part of the team that won silver at the 2019 Volleyball World Cup in Mexico, is currently working with the Tuvalu to help develop the sport in the country.

She said: “It’s a development project and it’s going well as the players are responding well to the training programs we have for them.”

Gukisuva said Toron’s presence will boost team Fiji’s preparations ahead of the Continental Cup to be held in Fiji this year.

“We are happy to host the Tuvalu team who will be playing at the Continental Cup and a tournament in NZ,” he said.

“They want to see the development that we’ve done with our players and coaches. We are very fortunate to have someone like Toron here with her experience we can learn a lot from.”

Edited by Sheldon Chanel

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