Kids beach Volleyball Festival in Santo Domingo


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 14, 2014 – The NORCECA/FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center in Dominican Republic is running a beach volleyball festival at Guibia Beach in the city of Santo Domingo on April 14-15.


The event is being organized in collaboration with the Physical Education Institute of the Dominican Republic whose director is Danilo Mesa and with the support of NORCECA Confederation, presided over by Cristobal Marte Hoffiz.


Groups of boys and girls totaling more than 100 from different public schools of Santo Domingo will compete in a tournament to be organized after attending instructional clinics on the basic skills of beach volleyball from Cuban Osvaldo Abreu, who will be assisted by former Dominican players Yeuddys Perez and Hector Romero.


Nelson Ramírez, director of the development center, said the participants are boys and girls of ages 11-15 and forms part of the program of the Dominican Republic Federation to expand the practice of beach volleyball in the country.


Mesa remarked the importance of beach volleyball for the students and the need to create awareness towards the fastest growing sport discipline throughout the world.


Marte Hoffiz ratified the continuous support of NORCECA Confederation, based on its Development Plan, to all national federations and recognized the efforts made by the Dominican Federation and its president Ramon García to expand the practice of beach volleyball in the country.


“Beach Volleyball is growing very fast within NORCECA region,” Marte Hoffiz said. “We just finished the qualification tournaments towards the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing where we will be represented by six teams per gender.”


“It is important to get players who are familiar with the fundamentals of beach volleyball starting from the grassroots level,” Marte Hoffiz said. “That’s the importance of this festival and I want to express my congratulations to all the institutions involved in this activity.”


Traditionally the students of Dominican Republic are on vacations during the whole week preceding the festivities of Easter Sunday.