FIVB coaching support helps elevate level of beach volleyball in Greece
The FIVB continues to support the development of beach volleyball worldwide with the Hellenic Volleyball Federation (HVBF) being the latest federation to benefit from coaching support.
The FIVB approved 12 months of coaching support in 2021 for the Greece women’s national beach volleyball team. This support follows three months of coaching support in 2018 and 12 months of coaching support in 2019 and 2020.
With the FIVB’s support, the HVBF hired Head Coach Tie Santana of Brazil to train and develop Greek beach volleyball players during the 2021-2024 Olympic cycle and engage the next generation of players. Santana has been working in tandem with the HVBF coaches to exchange knowledge and experience, organise youth training camps and coach players.
The coaching support has seen the women’s beach volleyball duo of Vasiliki Arvaniti and Panagiota Karagkouni, currently ranked 38th in the world, continue to make strides on the international stage. This year, the pair qualified for the second phase of the CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup in Turkey, in addition to reaching the semi-finals of the Continental Cup Final in the Netherlands. They also secured another Greek national title in 2021 which marked Arvaniti’s 11th national title and Karagkouni’s fifth title.
FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said:
“The FIVB is resolute in its commitment to ensure the growth of volleyball and beach volleyball by reinvesting the money that comes from the sport back into the sport. As I have always said, a country must have strong national teams for the sport to be successful. The HVBF has already seen significant progress in the level of its women’s national beach volleyball teams, and this is already translating into its growing popularity across the country. The future is bright for volleyball in Greece!”
HVBF President George Karampetsos said:
“We are very grateful for the FIVB’s support which has been instrumental in the growth of beach volleyball in Greece. Mr Tie Santana’s coaching has had a very positive impact on both the skills and level of involvement of young athletes, in addition to raising the level of the Greek coaches he works with.
“Media and public interest have also risen as a result, and we managed to participate in the Olympic qualification process with competitive teams, holding our own until the final round. We can now look to the next Olympic cycle with renewed optimism and hope.”
Head Coach Tie Santana said:
“Both myself and the HVBF are seeing so many benefits from this initial period of work. These include the collaborative approach between myself and the Greek coaches, the participation of children in our training camps, and the technical improvement of the women’s teams.
“The results achieved by the women in Olympic qualifying have brought pride to the entire Greek beach volleyball community, inspiring a whole generation of future players. We look forward to continuing our work here in Greece.”