FIVB delegation aims to help South Africa strengthen platform for volleyball

South Africa is working closely with the FIVB to help accelerate development of the sport

The FIVB delegation this week visited South Africa to discuss the development of volleyball and beach volleyball in the country to support professional athletes, enhance the marketability of the sport and provide an event platform.

The FIVB delegation in South Africa included FIVB Executive Vice-President and Development Commission President Mushtaque Mohammed, FIVB Development Commission Secretary and Board of Administration member Zdeslav Barač, FIVB Head of Technical and Development Department, Steve Tutton, and his colleague Hitesh Malhotra. They were also joined by African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) Executive Director Gilberto 'Giba' Amauri de Godoy Filho.

FIVB and VSA explore future development of the sport in South Africa

The visit got underway with a meeting with Volleyball South Africa (VSA) to discuss its beach volleyball and volleyball development plan. The VSA was represented by its President Anthony Mokoena, Vice President Mike Makhubela, Technical Director Loet Groenewald, Office Manager Thierry Mabeka and VSA Beach Specialist Gershon Rorich.

In addition, the FIVB and VSA explored the creation of a platform to better support beach volleyball athletes, ways in which to enhance the marketability of the sport in South Africa, in addition to the development of an event platform which supports local communities by creating jobs and facilitating skill development.

The VSA first received FIVB support in 2021 with the provision of nets and a net system under Volleyball Empowerment. The National Federation will also aim to apply for beach volleyball coach support in the coming months.

FIVB Executive Vice-President and Development Commission President Mushtaque Mohammed said:

“Our visit to South Africa was a highly successful and it was clear in all our meetings that there is a passion for volleyball and beach volleyball in this country. It was our honour to represent FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° and to showcase his vision for the sport to SASCOC, the VSA and government officials.

“We were really able to look at the long-term development of volleyball and beach volleyball in South Africa. This is so important when it comes to investing in the sport, as we strive to work with National Federations to ensure sustainable development that benefits the athletes, local communities and fans.”

 FIVB, SASCOC, VSA and government officials meet

On the second day, the FIVB delegation attended a meeting with representatives of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), government officials and VSA representatives including SASCOC President Barry Hendricks and Western Cape Government Director Claude Meyer.

In addition, the VSA took the FIVB delegation on a tour of various volleyball facilities and planned beach volleyball facilities in the country.

FIVB delegation, event promoters and VSA President visit potential Beach Pro Tour venues

For the final day of the visit, the FIVB delegation, together with the VSA President and event promoters, visited the site for the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour stop that Cape Town will host in November 2022. Launched this year, the Beach Pro Tour is a brand-new competition which combines beach volleyball with an entertainment platform that brings together music, food and the beach lifestyle out of which the sport was grown.

The tours were followed by a visit of Northlink College in Cape Town to see the VSA’s partnerships with technical colleges in action.