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25/11/2020 17:43
Dutch Volleyball Federation nominated for Peace and Sport Awards 2020
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Utrecht, Netherlands, November 25, 2020. The Volleyball4Life programme run by the Dutch Volleyball Federation (Nevobo) is among the nominees for the prestigious Peace and Sport Awards in the ‘Sport for Development and Peace Program of the Year’ category. This award goes to organisations making an important contribution to a better world through sport. The winner will be announced online on December 14.

This nomination is a recognition for the impact Nevobo creates with the Volleyball4Life program specifically designed for young girls living in Nepal. Volleyball4Life uses the strength and unique elements of Volleyball for the empowerment of girls, with the ultimate aim that 12-18 year-old girls develop the right skills to assert themselves and make their own decisions in life. Girls have access to personal coaching, volleyball drills and games – as well as community involvement for sustainability.

Volleyball4Life started as the life goal of Nepali ex-international volleyball player and role model Kopila Upreti. Born and raised in difficult circumstances in a rural village, she faced tremendous challenges, but finally managed to build up an independent future through Volleyball. Her documentary shows the path she took. Now Kopila coordinates the program activities and educates teachers and coaches. She uses her experiences to empower girls, teaches them to stand up for themselves and to make their own decisions. They feel confident to play sports and to take a position in the community. The neutral language and elements of sports are the foundations for both personal and community development.

For the implementation of Volleyball4Life, Nevobo teamed up with several NGOs: Child Watabaran Centre Nepal, Net4Kids and ISA Youth. These partnerships assure financial and operational sustainability as well as the ongoing development of the programme. In 2021, Volleyball4Life will expand to a number of African countries - Senegal, Rwanda, Gambia, Niger and Lesotho - in cooperation with World2Win and OlympAfrica.

If you wish to know more about Volleyball4Life, please visit

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