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Top status for N Cape, Mpumalanga

Volleyball South Africa president Tubby Reddy lauded the efforts of vice-president, Anthony Mokoena and Vinesh Maharaj (treasurer) for paving the way for Northern Cape and Mpumalanga Province to become fully fledged members of Volleyball South Africa (VSA).

This was at VSA’s general council meeting held at the Royal Polokwane Hotel, Limpopo at the weekend and the process was formally ratified by the council.

In welcoming delegates to the meeting, Reddy said he was encouraged by the magnitude of work done by his executive in realising the National Federation’s plans of ÔÇ£taking the sport to the peopleÔÇØ since the November 2009 AGM.

Reddy singled out the development┬á team’s nationwide roll-out programme that targeted schools and community based clubs as the National Federation’s flag ship events. Delegates at the meeting were overwhelming in their praise for Development Director, Mike Makubela and Theirry Mabeka for the work done in their respective provinces.

Schools’ Director, Ms Ilhaalm Groenewald presented a comprehensive strategic plan up for the period 2010 to 2012 which incorporated South Africa’s participation at the International Schools’ Federation’s (ISF) World Schools’ Championship in China in June this year.

SA’s participation at this level of competition is historic as for the first time schools will be participating in an international tournament under the banner of Volleyball South Africa (VSA).

VSA President Tubby Reddy has put in place a three-person task team (Ilhaalm Groenewald; Anthony Mokoena and Donovan Nair) to draw up a comprehensive plan of activities for the development of volleyball in schools nationally.

The task team will roll out its plan of hosting the 2011 National Top Schools’ Tournament in September this year.
However, the deadline for the provinces to submit their respective schools plan of activity for 2011 is 31 July 2010.

Reddy informed the house that the Western Cape Sports School benefited from its association with VSA as a development centre by securing international flooring for its indoor volleyball court. Reddy went on to say that VSA’s first phase of installing international flooring will be completed when the Mangaung Sports Centre (Free State) and the Durban University of Technology’s Fred Crookes Sports Centre are fitted with international flooring.

At the CAVB’s Beach Volleyball Commission Meeting held last month in Cairo ,Egypt, the continental body unveiled its plans for the restructuring of Olympic and World Championship qualification process.

According to VSA beach volleyball co-ordinator, Gershon Rorich who attended the Cairo Conference, players wishing to represent the continent must in the first instance qualify through Africa.

On the national front Rorich said that two men’s teams and two women’s teams have been selected for preparation to participate in international tournaments. The SA beach volleyball contingent coached by Adrian Strydom will attend a training camp in France before participating in the FIVB World Tour in France (July 20-25 2010).

According to Rorich, a youth development programme will be implemented to ensure a steady supply of players at the provincial and national levels.

An innovation for the 2010 season is beach volleyball IPT (Inter-Provincial Tournament) for the youth, senior and over 35 players. Six teams from each province will be invited to the IPT.

A comprehensive report was delivered by newly appointed Technical Director, Size Vardhan focusing on LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) and Coaches Development. Transformation and Social Responsibility Director, William Mojapele is tasked with co-ordinating the ÔÇ£Volley-All FestivalÔÇØ for 2010 in the correctional facilities in all 9 provinces in our country with the main activity being in the Pretoria correctional facility.

VSA’s first major indoor competition for the 2010 season, the Champions Cup, is scheduled for the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in July. Teams that failed to comply with the 31 May deadline to confirm participation and pay the competition fee of R2000 will not be eligible to participate in this year’s competition.

Reddy also informed delegates that VSA will not renew its contract with Molten, but will enter into negotiations with Mikasa.