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Volleyball: Volleyball England launches ‘Can You Dig It!’ campaign

December 6, 2009

Volleyball England launched its Community Development Coach programme as part of part of the “Can You Dig It” campaign at the newly opened National Volleyball Centre in Kettering last week.

volleyball-englandThe programme includes 14 dynamic individuals selected to drive an increase in participation of a further 5,000 young people across various regional locations in England.

The CDC programme forms part of the “Can You Dig It” campaign aimed at encouraging more people to get involved in volleyball by strengthening links between schools and clubs.

Lisa Wainwright, CEO of Volleyball England, said: “It’s a really exciting time for volleyball in this country, with increased funding from Sport England and a real focus to increase the number people playing the sport.

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“Our goal is to show people that it’s a great sport for men and women of all ages to enjoy in the park, beach or in a leisure centre, so we are excited about the future.”

The campaign launch coincided with the induction of the Community Development Coaches, who will ensure talented young players receive quality coaching, put in place clear, structured pathways and encourage potential event organisers.

They will work in a variety of settings including schools, clubs and community venues to develop sustainable programmes within each region.

The CDCs all have a minimum of three years experience of coaching volleyball, a track record of sports development and have attended workshops designed to strengthen their abilities further as part of the induction process.

Volleyball England hopes to have 20 CDCs in post by April 2010 and Ms Wainwright added: “They will play an instrumental role in our efforts to get more people involved in volleyball.”

The programme has received investment from Volleyball England and partners including School Sport Partnerships, Premier League Football Clubs, Primary Care Trusts, Local Authorities, County Sports partnerships, individual schools and commercial leisure providers.

For more information on Volleyball England and the Community Development Coaches please visit www.volleyballengland.org/.

Nick Grounds, Sportsister
The Women’s Sport Magazine

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