The spread of World ParaVolley continues to grow with another ground breaking course for coaches, referees and classifiers in Maputo, Mozambique from 3-9 December.
A total of 52 candidates, including 17 women, from 10 countries – Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe – will take part in the World ParaVolley Level 1 course.
ParaVolley Africa President Hayat Khattab said: “This is by far the largest set of courses with the most diverse set of countries we have held in Africa and it really demonstrates the interest for the sport. There were many more people who would have liked to come, but couldn’t for various reasons, including capacity limits on the courses.”
The referee and classification courses will run over the time of the 2nd Southern African Sitting Volleyball Club Championships which are also hosted by Mozambique. This will give the candidates of these courses valuable practical and competition experience. ParaVolley South Africa is “very excited about the tournament as it demonstrates the progress and interest from the previous sets of courses that were run by World ParaVolley in Zimbabwe and South Africa.”
Both courses in South Africa and Zimbabwe had support – 2016 from Agitos and 2017 from IPC Sport Grant – along with funds from Local Organizing Committees and World ParaVolley. The participants did – in these courses – have to pay to attend but as a result of these courses, the National Paralympic Committees in the area, when polled by the Agitos Foundation, requested that more ParaVolley development be facilitated. As a result of this, Agitos and World ParaVolley have worked together to fully fund this particular set of courses, with the on-the-ground assistance of ParaVolley Africa and the Mozambique Volleyball Federation.