CEV School Project webinars return with three high-profile speakers


Article Mon, Mar 25 2024

Volleyball coaches, PE teachers and any other professionals working at the entry level of the game are invited to register to attend the latest series of webinars organised by the CEV Technical and Development Department in conjunction with the CEV School Project ‘Play Volleyball – Grow with it’. This series will offer a well-rounded range of information that can benefit all coaches, such as tactics, safeguarding, and psychology! This is an opportunity that you shall not miss out on if you wish to enhance your coaching skills! To sign up, please click here: 

The series will get underway on April 1 with a webinar delivered by Bulgaria’s Nikola Dimitrov under the slogan ‘Applying Lean Thinking to Youth Volleyball Coaching’. A passionate advocate for empowerment and continuous improvement with a mission to unlock the full potential of both individuals and organisations, Dimitrov returns to deliver such a webinar for a second time after joining a previous series of CEV online workshops. Nikola brings a wealth of experience in innovative corporate training, personalised coaching, and the delivery of dynamic group workshops. In a previous webinar run in conjunction with the CEV School Project, he had captivated the audience through his dedication to fostering excellence through the application of lean thinking principles.

Only two days later, on April 3, Brazil’s Joanna Maranhão will bring a unique blend of experience and expertise to the table. As a former professional swimmer and a four-time Olympian for Brazil, her background provides invaluable insights into the world of sports. To complement her achievements in the pool, Joanna holds a master’s degree in Sports Ethics and Integrity.  Currently working as the Survivor Network Coordinator at Sport & Rights Alliance, she is deeply involved in advocating for safe sport. With a coaching background and a passion for safeguarding, she actively raises awareness on crucial issues within the sporting community. She will address the audience with a lecture devoted to “Healing Through Compassion: Embracing critical hope and promoting safeguarding in sports”. 

A week later, on April 10, former Volleyball player turned psychologist Berit Kauffeldt will be taking the ‘virtual floor’ to speak on ‘Enhancing Coach-Athlete Connectivity: Effective Communication Strategies for Engaging with Young Athletes’. As a former elite athlete, with a resume including a silver medal from the CEV EuroVolley in 2011 and as many as nine years spent with the German women’s national team, Berit understands very well both the mental and emotional demands of competitive sport. After transitioning from the court to sports psychology, Berit offers a unique blend of expertise to help athletes unlock their full potential. Through her holistic approach, she guides athletes in harnessing their inner strength, fostering resilience, and achieving peak performance. Berit is dedicated to supporting athletes in their journey to mental and emotional well-being.