This week CEV President Aleksandar Boričić and vice president Margaret Fleming signed an agreement with Scotland’s National Agency for Sport and the Scottish Volleyball Association for the implementation of CEV’s “Volleyball at School” project in the country. This is a huge step towards growing European volleyball, as Scotland has always been in the last spots of FIVB’s and CEV’s volleyball rankings, and is an initiative that goes hand in hand with what FIVB’s president Ary Graça has asked CEV to do regarding the sport in the continent.
“We aim to make Volleyball bigger, better and stronger in Scotland. This project will support this strategy by enabling us to reach more schools, teachers, young people, parents and careers. We will be growing a bigger base of schools, teachers, young people, parents and careers who engage with our sport. The CEV educational tools and the festivals will allow us to show and share best practice making the quality of Volleyball events, competitions, coaching better. With the combination of events, education and engagement this project will make our sport stronger in Scotland.” – Fleming
Scotland has at the moment 74 affiliated schools and 700 athlete members connected to its volleyball association. The goal with “Volleyball at School” is to at least triple the number of affiliated schools and double the number of athlete members linked to the institution. For this, the main goals of the project is to grow primary/secondary/student engagement with volleyball, increase their educational resources to support students/teachers/coaches in this sector, and provide an opportunity for Scottish youth to engage with active and healthier lifestyle, among other measures.