The FIVB continues to support the growth of Maltese volleyball
The Malta Volleyball Association (MVA) has been granted 12 months of FIVB coaching support in 2022 and 2023 to improve the standard of its women’s national volleyball team from the U19 team through to senior level.
Selected to lead the project is Bosnian coach, Branko Vlahovic, who has valuable past experience with Maltese volleyball at junior and continental levels, and will aim to improve results at international tournaments as well as set up a long-term framework for success.
This is the most recent development in the FIVB’s ongoing support of the MVA which began with equipment support in 2017 and 2018.
FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said:
“The FIVB continues its commitment to raising the level of men’s and women’s national volleyball teams worldwide. It is important that the money that comes from the sport goes back into the sport in a way that inspires participation and increases access to the sport for all.
“We are very happy to see that there has already been an increase in enthusiasm, and we are excited to see coach Branko Vlahovic continue to achieve success with the Malta women’s national team together with the Malta Volleyball Association leadership.”
MVA President Edward Gatt said:
“For a small country like Malta, the support from the FIVB is greatly appreciated as we usually rely on voluntary commitments from local members.
“Our local clubs are all amateur with limited funding and resources, so the FIVB supplying a top-level coach and giving us access to insight and equipment will allow us to push our sport to a higher level starting with our U19 and senior women’s national teams.”
Coach Branko Vlahovic has also shared an insight into current achievements and goals for the future.
Head Coach Branko Vlahovic said:
“This funding has enabled the Malta women’s national team to get a long-awaited boost and has been essential in enabling myself and the MVA to be able to make ambitious long-term plans.
“We are now able to look to the future and run year-round national team preparations, giving ourselves the best chance of success in the future. We are already seeing the benefits of this secure structure, with the team now regularly competing at international events, giving young players a visible pathway to a bright future in volleyball and giving volleyball a much more prominent place in the Maltese sporting hierarchy”