Italy and Ireland extend historic partnership


Article Thu, Mar 28 2024

The Italian Volleyball Federation (FIPAV) President, Mr Giuseppe Manfredi has made his first trip to Ireland, as FIPAV and Volleyball Ireland confirm an extension to their innovative development partnership.

FIPAV President Giuseppe Manfredi and Volleyball Ireland President Clodagh NicCanna portrayed following their meetings in Dublin

President Manfredi held positive meetings with Volleyball Ireland President Clodagh NicCanna, as both Federations intend to build on the progress made in the last two years, which has included player development supports through the famous Club Italia programme, Coach Education workshops with the renowned Marco Mencarelli and Referee Development classes with Olympic official Daniele Rapisarda.

FIPAV President Manfredi discussed further supports with representatives from Sport Ireland, the Olympic Federation of Ireland, and officials from the Department of Sport, outlining his vision for the future. A visit to the Italian Embassy followed next where Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Ruggero Corrias, offered some suggestions to celebrate Italy’s volleyball heritage in Ireland.

President Manfredi reflected on the visit: 

“It has been a successful trip to Ireland. Volleyball Ireland is showing good growth and improving results, we are delighted to extend our support and build the programme further helping take Ireland to the next level. I have been impressed with Volleyball Ireland’s energy, ambition, and strategy for the future. I see huge potential for the Federation.”

Some of the concepts include the development of S3 style youth events and festivals to promote the sport, as well as further high-performance experiences for youth teams and coaches.

“We have been delighted and honoured to welcome President Manfredi to Dublin. We have spent the last two days strengthening our relationship, sharing some exciting ideas for the future, and learning from one of the most inspiring leaders in Volleyball. The support President Manfredi and FIPAV have provided Volleyball Ireland is incredible, and we cannot wait to get started on phase 2.”

Clodagh NicCanna
President of Volleyball Ireland