The CEV and the Volleyball Federation of Slovenia (OZS) hosted a historic Coaches Convention targeting coaches and physical education teachers from across Europe.  In the end 96 attendees from 26 countries attended the three day event held from 21-23 June 2019.

The main theme of the event consisted of discussing and sharing ideas on how to best develop and grow Volleyball in Europe with the younger generations. The programme featured theoretical and practical parts, with renowned coaches who have spent the majority of their careers working with young Volleyball talents helping with the delivery.

NFs already implementing the CEV School Project along with any NFs that will soon join the initiative, had the chance to select coaches and teachers that were working on the implementation of the project in their countries to attend the convention and share learnings with other like minded people, as well as many world leaders in this area.

"The 2019 Coaches Convention is further proof of the CEV leadership’s drive to enhance the quality of Volleyball at the grassroots level. The main topic is entry level of Volleyball through adapted games, looking at how to make the transition from modified games to regular Volleyball - a challenge for all working at this critical level."

Thomas Bro-Rasmussen
Secretary of the European Coaches Commission



Kenter has an extensive experience working with both men’s and women’s teams in the Netherlands. He currently works for the leading club in women’s Volleyball in his home country, SLIEDRECHT Sport, where he is responsible for Kids Volley, Beach Volleyball and youth activities. He shares his views and insights into Volleyball coaching as an editor of the Volley Techno magazine.

Kristof De LOOSE (BEL)

De Loose currently works as Director of Sports Training for Volley Vlaanderen (VV). He is responsible for all of the Volleyball coaching courses organised in the Flanders and has been involved in coaching Volleyball at the youth, junior and senior level for more than 20 years. Moreover, he is a lecturer at the Flemish Coaching School, a Start2Volley (the youth programme of Volley Vlaanderen) trainer, as well as a member of the Youth Committee at Volley Vlaanderen.


Mencarelli has been coaching Volleyball at the highest level for some 30 years and has achieved unprecedented success with the Italian youth and junior women’s national teams – his resume includes U19 European gold in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and 3 World Championship gold medals – U20 in 2011, U18 in 2015 and 2017. Mencarelli, who has a degree in physical education, has been working as a coach, physical trainer and technical director. Earlier this season, he helped Yamamay e-work BUSTO ARSIZIO claim top honours from the 2019 CEV Volleyball Cup – Women. This coming season, he will be at the helm of Savino Del Bene SCANDICCI in Italy’s highest division and in the CEV Champions League as well.


A teacher specialised in sports with a Master’s degree in Sports and Welfare, Morell worked for as many as 20 years as Development Director at Volleyball Denmark, finishing in 2016. Back in 2004, he developed and implemented the idea of Kidsvolley, a concept specifically designed for the youngest Volleyball players aged 6 to 12, which continues to work with great success in Denmark. Three years ago, he moved to the Faroe Islands together with his wife, visiting all schools and teaching Kidsvolley to all children between 8 and 11 years of age. He is now hoping to continue this exciting and unique Volleyball journey with a next stop in Greenland – where he is planning to introduce Kidsvolley as well.