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Perfection of Zone II Volleyball coaches clinic wraps up

Jan 21, 2011, 2:28 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

A-four-day volleyball coaches clinic ended on Thursday at the conference hall of the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC).

Mbye Dem, the Director of FIVB Development Centre in Senegal, instructed the course on the FIVB/CAVB/CICDR/GVBA Perfection of Zone II Volleyball Coaches Clinic. The course was organised by the Gambia Volleyball Association (GVBA) for its coaches.

Abdul Aziz Titao Mendy, acting-executive secretary of the National Sports Council, speaking at the closing ceremony, described the course as a fruitful.

He added that the coaches should ready to show the people the knowledge impacted into them during the course.

He also wished them success in their careers as coaches.

Lawrence Bruce, executive secretary of the GNOC, advised the coaches to implement the knowledge gained from the clinic in their various clubs.

He also tasked each of the coaches to come up with grassroots teams so the game will start to develop from the grassroots. "So we can have a very strong team that will represent the country in the London 2012 Olympic Games," he added.

He also urged them to select the best team that will represent the country in the competition so that the country can put up a respectable performance in the competition.

Mbye Dem, the course director from the FIVB Development Centre in Senegal, said he was delighted at seeing the participation and interest shown by the coaches during the course.

He urged them to implement all they have learnt from the clinic to their players, adding that he had signed an agreement with the coaches in which every coach would form a youth club.

He also said that next year the coaches will organise a tournament for young players in which he will by the guest of honour. The tournament, he added, will be named Mini-festival Volleyball Tournament.

"The coaches are doing a great job," he noted, saying they however still need to improve a lot on their work.

His aim is to register Fatoumatta Balajo in the World volleyball body because she loves what she is doing as she is the only female volleyball player representing The Gambia at the zone II, Mr Dem says.

Dem also thanked the GNOC, the executive secretary of the National Sports Council, Abdul Aziz Titao Mendy, the president of the Gambia Volleyball Association (GVBA), Musa Casa Taal, for their support to him since he arrived in the country.