Volleyball Cooperation Programme tastes success in Niger

Niamey, Niger, April 1, 2010 - The first FIVB Volleyball Cooperation Programme (VCP) Grassroots for 2010 was completed in Niger on Wednesday with participants learning the basics of Beach Volleyball in one of the most remote venues for the FIVB VCP.

“Even when things get tough in certain countries, the Volleyball Cooperation Programme delivers, even in a situation which some might consider almost impossible,” FIVB Technical and Development Director Mr. Helgi Thorsteinsson said. “This is the daily situation for the FIVB and we have learned to adopt our programme towards this reality.”

Instructor Mr. André Trottier from Canada was equally impressed with the success and reach of the FIVB VCP following the completion of the course which ran from March 27-31.

“I don't think one can be more remote from the FIVB SWATCH FIVB World Tour than giving a course in Niger,” Mr Trottier said referring to the FIVB’s professional Beach Volleyball circuit. “This was for sure an unforgettable experience.

“The President of the Niger Volleyball Federation Mr. Sidiyane Amada and his Federation were so nice, dedicated and passionate. The course ran very smoothly and after seeing the reaction of the candidates you can see a good impression was made.”