Sofia, Bulgaria, October 16, 2015 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° shared his vision and plans for the further development of volleyball with the delegates attending the XXXVI CEV General Assembly, which got underway on Friday morning in Sofia, Bulgaria.
President Graça recapped the nine goals listed in the FIVB Strategic Plan and also reviewed some of the FIVB major accomplishments since he took over the presidency in September 2012 during his address.
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Dr Graça was pleased with the opportunity to address the representatives of Europe’s volleyball family and drew the audience’s attention to some of the key principles that have become the ‘northern star’ in his efforts to grow volleyball and beach volleyball at all levels: “We have been giving opportunities to all members of our volleyball family, especially to those who were somehow isolated, and are supporting them with tailor-made projects. On the other hand, we have encouraged the more developed and stronger nations to continue to work hard with a focus on innovation.”
The FIVB President insisted on the importance of credibility and good governance in the interaction with National Federations, sponsors, TV and partners. The FIVB headquarters have also undergone a major restructuring and as Dr. Graça said, “we now have a team made of real professionals who are working very hard to make our sport one of the leading ones on the global stage.”
The focus on opportunities was evidenced by figures regarding participation in FIVB competitions, with the introduction of the Continental Cup having moved the number of countries involved in the Olympic qualification process from 31 in 2008 to 143 in 2012 and 176 in the lead up to next year’s Rio Games. As far as innovation goes, the FIVB have invested in the use of e-learning, the development of an innovative LED net and the challenge system in order to improve the general perception of volleyball and beach volleyball and attract new sponsors and partners.
Finally, Dr Graça listed the 9 goals included in the FIVB strategic plan which he presented only a couple of weeks ago at the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale, USA, with the FIVB and his own ultimate aim being to make volleyball the no. 1 family sport entertainment in the world. These goals are:
1) To move volleyball from group 2 to group 1 in the IOC rankings by 2020
2) To reach 2 million users on FIVB Digital Platforms by 2016
3) To increase the cumulative TV audience by 20% in 2016 and by 100% in 2020
4) To sign 4 new global sponsors by 2020 with a goal of 10 million per year
5) To grow the average FIVB annual income from 31 million to 66 million by 2020
6) To have a competitive, effective and sustainable bidding process by 2018 for all FIVB main events
7) To make available a TV or internet feed for FIVB key events to all 221 National Federations by 2016
8) To increase the number of licensed/amateur players by 2018
9) To become the number 1 sport that serves the needs of humanitarian organisations in their programmes