By John Tuerijama
THE volleyball bodies of Namibia and England have signed an agreement that will see local volleyball benefitting immensely from their counterparts.
One of the benefits is a tour that the Namibia beach volleyball ladies team will undertake to the United Kingdom later this year to compete in the European Championship being organised by Volleyball England (VE).
The Namibian participation was made possible by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed early this year between the then Namibia Volleyball Federation (NVF) president, Joel Matheus and VE Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Wainwright.
Matheus has since relinquished the volleyball presidency after his appointment as Chairperson of the Namibia Sport Commission.
Said Matheus: “This competition will give our team the necessary support in terms of ranking that can give them qualifying advantage for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. For the next UK beach volleyball season, we are in agreement to send one or two teams to compete in their national tour, where our players will spend the whole season with all expenses, paid except flight costs.”
“For indoor teams, we want to start with club participation, where we support our clubs to compete in each other’s local competitions. The MoU does not have restriction as the two parties are always free to come up with any programme or project that is beneficial to both.”
“The agreement has no particular term stipulated. We will continue the relationship as long as the two parties see it fit. But in terms of UK funding that is directed to this relationship, it’s only funded for two years. On our last visit to UK we discussed with UK Sport the possibility of a five-year funding period,” said Matheus.
The former NVF President said the MoU encompasses aspects such as creation of exchange programme for technical experts, practical experience placement and mentorship for young volleyball players.
As part of the agreement, Volleyball England will send technical experts early next month, to help Namibia develop a Talent Identification Pathway Programme.
“The two experts will visit various schools in the regions with the assistance of our regional association to coach, train and identify volleyball talent. The idea is to group this talent at one central place in the region and assign a qualified coach to work with them,” he said.
Matheus said the programme will follow and record their progress and link them to identified clubs at regional level to ensure that talent does not go to waste.
“The end result is to ensure a production of quality athletes that can be a great product which attracts universities and clubs in the UK volleyball industry,” added Matheus.
VE will also send England national team coaches early next month, to conduct the first Namibia Volleyball Coaches Conference. The conference will address the aspect of volleyball individual techniques and tactics as well as team playing formations. It will also identify the pathway for volleyball coaches in Namibia.
He said over 50 coaches from all six associations are registered to attend the conference which will also review the local volleyball coaching curriculum.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015