FIVB Congress Workshop educates national federations on sustainable management

 

Delegates attend the national federation workshop in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 4, 2016 - The FIVB works closely with national federations as part of its vision to make volleyball the number one family sport entertainment in the world and used today's national federation workshop, ahead of the 35th FIVB World Congress, as an opportunity to explore the different ways in which they can generate their own funds to help develop the sport in their countries.

Representatives from the Canadian, Serbian and Brazilian national federations shared their experiences and knowledge on funding and sustainable management.

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Volleyball Canada President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Eckert said: "Setting up a professional structure and being able to count on professional staff is fundamental."

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"Hard work and social communication played a big role for our federation," said Volleyball Federation of Serbia General Secretary Slobodan Milosevic. "And it is worth pointing out that the FIVB Volleyball World League and World Grand Prix Finals should make good viewing for all, even if the viewer's country is not participating." 

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Brazilian Volleyball Confederation CEO Ricardo Trade agreed: "Passion and hard work are vital. For us, television is also very important."

FIVB President Dr. Ary Graça reaffirmed the FIVB’s commitment to spreading volleyball around the world. “Our goal must be to win Olympic Solidarity funding for every national federation where we can, we must share the stories about how to be successful,” said President Graça.

“I know that our vision to make volleyball the number one family sport entertainment in the world has been helpful. For Canada, like for many federations, the government funding is directly linked to the idea of more people playing our sport. The FIVB will keep supporting this ambition of more participation because we know it is helpful for you.”

The key takeways from the session were:

Have a dream / vision
Understand local culture / constraints
Importance of local and regional stakeholders
Schools can help build base and build potential
Innovative fund-raising methods
Transparency in fund management
Treat spectators well
Encourage volleyball for its own sake
Build a relationship with sponsors

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