Kolili, Gambia, April 1, 2015 – A two-week Olympic Solidarity funded Level II Volleyball coaching course organised by the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) in collaboration with the FIVB and The Gambia Volleyball Federation (GVBF) ended on Tuesday at the Seaview Hotel in Kolili.
It is the first course of its kind to be held in The Gambia and saw 20 coaches from across the country gather under the watchful eyes of FIVB Course Director Jivko Jetchev from Bulgaria and Bernard J. Denis from Seychelles.
In his closing statements the second vice president of the GNOC Abdoulie MB Jallow conveyed a message of solidarity to the IOC, FIVB and all the relevant authorities.
He pointed out that courses like this illustrate the continued effort the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the FIVB goes to through Olympic Solidarity to build the capacity of member organisations.
“You have learned what it means to be a true coach and how to develop others; you are a new generation of coaches ready to ensure that talent is nurture from schools to professional level, your role as coach is to enhance, nurture and develop talent however you should inspire your athletes to enjoy this lovely game of volleyball,” Jallow stated.
Jallow also urged participants to translate the certificate awarded to them into programmes for youth and club development as their progress to the next level of coaching will depend on the positive use of knowledge gained during the course.
Speaking earlier in the day, the president of the Gambia Volleyball Federation, Yunusa Barry thanked the FIVB, Olympic Solidarity, the GNOC, the instructors, the Gambian government and the participants for their commitment and passion.
“Indeed this course was a success despite the constraint and the short time frame but you were able to remain passionate,” he explained.
He further challenged the coaches to utilize their new skills.
“Looking at the composition of the participants, we had coaches from the regions, clubs and centres. So go back and start the work as soon as possible.”
Course director Jivko Jetchev advice the participants to be ready to face new challenges. He added that whilst the course was a success, they had a long way to go.