The conference took place at the Varma Sports Centre, with participation of 28 teachers from the Reykjavik area and lectures provided by Burkhard Disch and Borja Vicente Gonzalez. The coaches of the Icelandic men’s and women’s national teams shared their experience on how to teach Volleyball to school pupils. The session included a number of drills as well, thus keeping the teachers busy for more than three hours.
The participants received all the information needed to prepare their classes for a large-scale School Volleyball competition, which is due to take place this coming October. The Icelandic Volleyball Federation will run 12 events in different regions of the country, thus involving more than 10,000 students from about 100 primary schools.
“It was great to see how active the teachers were. We are convinced that the content of the course will help them bring Volleyball in the right way to their students. We are excited to see the kids playing in our upcoming big events.”
The activities included a camp with more than 130 kids, divided into two groups to comply with COVID-19 protocols. As many as 90 young talents trained with the BLI coaches, with six different levels defined depending on the skills and abilities of the children. In another hall within the same complex, 30 U-19 athletes practiced under the supervision of BLI coaches as well.
Burkhard Disch, High Performance Manager at the Icelandic Volleyball Federation: “It is great to see kids again in the gym. After the long break due to the pandemic, we are all happy to be back on the court. What we can take from these three days is that we have a lot of talented players in Iceland. The target is now to develop these players step by step. BLI has devised a regional development strategy, and we are convinced that we can increase both the number and the quality of young players. The school project in cooperation with the local clubs and the relevant follow-up will be the key to succeed. For this weekend we can be very happy to see the smiles back on the faces of so many young players.”
In two weeks, BLI will organise another camp including a workshop for coaches and physical education teachers as well. This will be taking place in Akureyri, in the north of the country.