Antigua and Barbuda Amateur Volleyball Association runs beach volleyball training camp with FIVB support

FIVB coaching support continues to elevate level of beach volleyball worldwide

FIVB coaching support has enabled the Antigua and Barbuda Amateur Volleyball Association to run a three-month beach volleyball training camp for both new and experienced players alike to help inspire the development of the sport in the country.

The beach volleyball training camp began in September 2021 and will run until December at Fort James Beach on the western coast of Antigua. Brazilian coach Mr Augusto Sabbatini is currently overseeing the camp which has seen over thirty players, male and female ranging in age from fifteen to forty, learn new skills such as ball handling, court awareness and game tactics.

The goal of the project is not only to improve the level of play, but also to create an engaging environment for the participants to ensure they remain committed and motivated to continue playing the sport.

FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said:

“The FIVB is continually seeking to enhance the standard of national volleyball and beach volleyball teams worldwide to further grow the sport. To do so, we ensure that we reinvest the money from the sport back into the sport through our development programme for National Federations.

“Antigua and Barbuda together with beach volleyball are clearly a very natural fit. And by providing the Antigua and Barbuda Amateur Volleyball Association with a world-class coach to lead this training camp, I am confident that beach volleyball will continue to develop in this Caribbean nation and help bring through the next generation of players.”

Antigua and Barbuda Amateur Volleyball Association President Mr Mr. Wilbur A. Harrigan said:

“The Antigua and Barbuda Amateur Volleyball Association is honoured to have this opportunity, and it has been our pleasure to work with the very talented beach volleyball coach, Mr Augusto Sabbatini, for this development project. Our beach volleyball programme will be better because of his commitment to, and execution of, this training.

“We are very thankful for the increased skillset and engagement our young players will no doubt develop thanks to FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° and his vision.”

Coach Sabbatini is also being assisted by a local team consisting of national coach Mr Olsen Joseph, national team player Ms Nyota Peters and teachers Ms Rosely Lewis, Mr Urvin Lewis and Mr Michael Hamilton. All are confident that they will have a skilled cohort of players that are excited to continue playing at the conclusion of the camp in December.

Head Coach Mr Augusto Sabbatini said:

“I would like to thank the FIVB and the National Federation for their support in the pursuit of growing beach volleyball. Everyone here wants to better understand the sport to improve their game. We have been developing the physical, technical and tactical aspects of beach volleyball. This is always very motivating for me as a coach in love with the sport.

“I am sure we will do an excellent job together. We must emphasise the importance of the FIVB Technical and Development Department and FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° who has been raising the level of volleyball around the world. I am very happy and grateful to be part of this project.”