Malé, Maldives: A total of 32 school teachers representing 18 different Maldivian islands have gathered in Malé for a course showing them how best to introduce volleyball to their students. The level of participation is indicative of the popularity and interest in volleyball across the country. The participants, selected from 43 applicants, include 10 women.
FIVB instructor Zhao Shanwen is leading this first teacher training programme in the Maldives. “This course is going to strengthen the volleyball network across the country and will produce well-trained professionals to help volleyball grow at the grassroots level and improve the level of volleyball players in the country,” he said.
Hussain Mohamed, general secretary of the Volleyball Association of the Maldives, added: “All participants are qualified teachers who work with children on a daily basis. Now we are going to equip them with volleyball skills and this will be a great leap forward for volleyball in the Maldives.”
The five-day course includes theory classes at the Hiriyaa School and practical sessions at the adjoining Malé Youth Centre Indoor Hall.
The opening ceremony was attended by Mr Hussain Mohamed, Mr Mohamed Sharaf, head of the association’s technical department, beach volleyball commission member Mr Ahmed Ibrahim, other officials and members of the press.