Thirty-five people took part in the course
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 11, 2015 – A Level 1 VCP Coaches Course was completed on December 1 in Sao Tome e Prinicipe under the directorship of FIVB Instructor Avelino Azevedo of Portugal and with the support of Olympic Solidarity.
The course ran from November 24 to December 1 with 35 coaches, players, former players and physical education teachers taking part.
At the final ceremony and in front of TV and other media, the country’s Minister for Sports, Marcelino Sanches, congratulated the participants: “I’m very happy that we had so many participants from our two islands. I hope that today the understanding of the game is now at a superior level. Now, it’s your turn to teach your colleagues and, especially to our young volleyball players in the rest of the country, the understanding of the game.”
The President of the National Olympic Committee, João Manuel Alegre, also attended the ceremony. “We always try to support these kinds of events in order to keep the growth of our sports in an effective way,” he stated. “We cannot do these activities alone, as we need support from the world of sport, in this case the FIVB, which I take the opportunity to thank for their care for our country.”
Finally, the President of São Tomé e Principe National Volleyball Federation, José Luis Jesus, emphasized that “this course was really needed, as we see by the number of participants. Our short-term priorities are a growth in the number of players, but we need to think about some other promotional action for volleyball, specifically for physical education teachers, for refereeing and also to improve our beach volleyball events.”