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22/10/2020 19:49
Virtual Volleyball – Volleyball Ireland launch 5 weeks of education, fun and online learning
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Dublin, Ireland, October 22, 2020. As the country moves into Level 5 of COVID-19 restrictions, Volleyball Ireland have launched a five-week virtual programme for clubs, coaches, referees and players. The programme is a mix of education, learning and social get-togethers, with a focus on Club Development, Youth Development, Coach and Referee Education.

Gary Stewart, General Manager of Volleyball Ireland said, “The whole Volleyball community is disappointed that we cannot get on court of course, but we are hopeful that these virtual sessions will keep our members engaged with the sport, and connected to the Volleyball community. We are hoping that whilst players cannot train or play, they may consider taking part in a coaching course and use those times reserved for training and matches to train as an official.”

A key part of the programme are the social get-togethers – these will be relaxed, informal and light-hearted. Gary added, “The social side of Volleyball is one of its key strengths and we are very much aware that people miss that. Hopefully the informal referee get-togethers and coach catch-ups will give that social connection.”

The programme is not all serious with week 3 of the Virtual Volleyball initiative featuring the Big Club Quiz on November 13 - who will be crowned the biggest brain in Irish Volleyball?

There are five key categories included in Virtual Volleyball:

Club Development:
These workshops will upskill volunteers and build capacity in clubs. A variety of topics will be covered including Social Media, Managing Meetings and information on Volleyball Ireland’s new club development programme - VolleyGrow.

Youth Development:
Designed for U18s, a variety of educational workshops will take place including introductory workshops for coaching and refereeing. There will be some international stars of Volleyball lined up to share their experiences and tips.

Coach and Referee Education:
A mix of accredited courses, workshops and Q&A sessions will keep referees and coaches engaged as well as upskilled throughout the lockdown period. There will be some informal catch-ups and chats where coaches and referees can share experiences and tips.

Watch Parties:
All would love to be playing Volleyball right now, but this is not possible. Therefore, Volleyball Ireland will be replaying some action from matches gone by, as well as sharing some interesting online documentaries so you can get your VolleyFix. Grab the popcorn.

Informal, Social, Chats and Talks:
The social side is arguably the best side of Volleyball. People are missing that right now. Volleyball Ireland will be hosting some social catch-ups including the Big Club Quiz – who is the biggest brain in Irish Volleyball? These sessions will be a great chance to catch up with your Volleyball buddies!

How to sign up? Each Monday morning Volleyball Ireland will be publishing registration links and info for the week ahead. Most sessions will be held on Zoom. All courses except the Foundation Coaching course are free.

You can find more info on Virtual Volleyball here.

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