Skopje poised to host the 2022 CEV Coaches Convention

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After much successful first two editions of the CEV Coaches Convention in 2019 and in 2021, the time has come for the 2022 event to take place. In less than a month, Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, will play host to 160+ registered attendees – coaches and teachers,who are eager to discuss and share ideas on how to best develop and grow Volleyball in Europe with the younger generations.

The CEV Coaches Convention, a one of a kind event, gathered 157 participants back in 2021 when the CEV together with the Slovenian Volleyball Federation (OZS) provided the chance to 141 teachers and coaches from around the globе to expand their Volleyball knowledge. 2022 will be no different, as numbers have been growing – 153 teachers and coaches have registered to attend the two-day event that will take place from September 16 to 18 in Skopje (MKD).

The Speakers 

This year’s edition of the event will feature John Kessel from the USA and Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai from Thailand as keynote speakers. Coming from two different countries with completely different backgrounds, both specialists will share their wide knowledge, inspiring experts who work on grassroots levels. Stay tuned as interviews with them are coming your way!

During the event, and besides the speakers’ sessions, Mr. Kessel and Mr. Radchatagriengkai will also participate in Q&A sessions, practical sessions with the participants and a Coaches tournament.

CEV and the development of Volleyball at grassroot level 

The Coaches Convention is a key asset of the CEV School Project. Its format allows coaches and physical education teachers to both learn and share ideas, and network / make connections with like-minded people.

“We, at the CEV, are privileged of being in a position to make positive changes…We would love that the first impression of every child, who is just introduced to Volleyball, inspires the beginning of a hopefully long journey in our sport- as a player, a coach, a referee, a fan…,”  Vuk Karanovic, CEV Development Manager says.

“For that reason, we host the CEV Coaches Convention as a capacity building event, where teachers from all across Europe come together a weekend to learn from some of the best experts in the world on the topic, and exchange experience” , said Vuk Karanovic CEV Development Manager

The Host City

The North Macedonian Volleyball Federation has collaborated successfully with the CEV in the past years, delivering high-class events, and converting themselves in a reliable partner. Now, the organisers are excited to give a warm welcome in “the city of solidarity” to the guests of the CEV Coaches Convention, that will take place at the 5-star Aleksandar Palace Hotel. A huge plus is the fact that the elite sport facilities are within a walking distance, providing an utmost experience for the guests.

“Hosting the CEV Coaches Convention in Skopje is another event which creates recognition of the Macedonian Volleyball Federation on the International Volleyball stage. Earlier this summer, the Federation will host as well the #EuroVolleyU19W, which serves as a built-up to the EuroVolley 2023 where North Macedonia is one of the co-organisers. All these events are strengthening the Volleyball community in Macedonia, raising the visibility of the sport”, said Sanja Nikcevic Project Coordinator.

CEV School Project in North Macedonia

Entering into partnership with CEV for the implementation of the CEV School Project allowed the North Macedonian Federation to raise the level of the Volleyball activities on grassroots level. With the support of CEV, the Federation managed to reach more than 80 primary schools and to involve more than 2000 children in the program together with the local Volleyball clubs. The aim of the project is to make the first Volleyball experience for the kids something to remember.

– To do so, we need to enhance the knowledge of the coaches and teachers, and that’s why events like the CEV Coaches Convention are so important to the North Macedonian Volleyball community – Sanja Nikcevic Project Coordinator.

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