FIVB opens 2022 edition of year-round Volleyball Empowerment programme

All 222 National Federations can now apply for support during the next programme cycle

FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° has launched the Volleyball Empowerment platform for the 2022-2023 cycle where all 222 National Federations (NFs) can apply for the application-based support and complete the Volleyball Empowerment survey to be considered for targeted national team support.

Launched in February 2021, Volleyball Empowerment is a revolutionary programme that forms part of the FIVB President’s Nucleus Plan. The overall goal of the programme is to empower and improve the level of national teams and athletes, providing them with the skills to play at the highest level. Volleyball Empowerment consists of two key areas of support: targeted support and application-based support. 

In order to apply for the application-based support or be considered for the targeted national team support programme, every NF is required to complete a dedicated survey and outline their organisation’s current structure and goals.

Three types of support are available as part of the application-based support: coach support for the development of national teams, volleyball equipment and a knowledge transfer programme. There are four application windows for coach support and knowledge transfer programmes, and one application window for volleyball equipment support.

Speaking about the 2022-2023 cycle of Volleyball Empowerment, the FIVB President said:

“I am extremely pleased to announce the launch of the next cycle of Volleyball Empowerment to ensure that the money that comes from the sport continues to be reinvested back into the sport.

“Last year, following feedback from our NFs, we made our support available for 365 days a year and now, we have gone even further and give NFs the opportunity to apply for more than one project during a year. This will allow NFs with several good projects to diversify between various types of support, ensuring they can get the maximum benefit from Volleyball Empowerment.

“It is also important to note how high our approval rates are; during the previous cycle, we approved around 92 per cent of all applications submitted by our NFs. I highly recommend that our NFs work towards creating strong projects and apply for the support, so that we can best serve volleyball.”

Since 2017, the FIVB has approved 521 projects from 222 National Federations from all five Continental Confederations, which totals an investment of more than 12 million USD (11 million CHF). Of these 521 projects, 208 were coach support projects in 112 countries, 277 were volleyball equipment projects for 125 countries and 36 were knowledge transfer programmes for 28 countries.

During the first, second and third windows of application for the 2021-2022 application-based support cycle, the FIVB received 97 development project applications. Of these, 89 projects have already been approved: 41 coach support projects, 46 volleyball equipment projects and 2 knowledge transfer projects.

Additionally, nine countries from all five Continental Confederations were identified for the targeted support programme in the 2021-2022 cycle. 

The FIVB welcomes volleyball and sports stakeholders and supporters, such as National Olympic Committees, Ministries of Sport, NGOs, etc. to join the forces and get involved to ensure the success of Volleyball Empowerment projects worldwide.