VCP course for players in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, April 30, 2013 – A VCP players’ course
for Haiti’s junior as well as senior men’s and women’s national
teams was held from April 12 to 22 under the leadership of FIVB
instructor Andre Glaive of France.
A total of ten training sessions were held for the boys’ and
girls’ teams, which concentrated on fundamental techniques as
well as offensive and defensive organisation. While the aim was
to help these youngsters improve their playing skills, it also
served to bring to the forefront some budding talent with
potential to join the senior national team next year.
Four individual training sessions were organised for each
position of the men’s senior national team ahead of their
participation in the second round of qualification for the 2014
World Championships. The ten group training sessions then
focused on offensive and defensive organisation as well as
defensive transitions with the help of attacks and free balls.
Likewise, the women’s senior team also took part in four
individual training sessions.
At the press conference organised around the course, there were
a dozen journalists representing two newspapers in
Port-au-Prince as well as representatives from the local radio
and TV stations present. Haiti’s Minister of Sports was also on
hand to lend his support to the national teams before his
departure for Santa Lucia.
The course provided a good opportunity for instructor André
Glaive to take stock of the progress that has been made in the
country since his first visit in 2011 after the devastating
earthquake that hit the country in 2010.
“The road to development is long,” said Glaive “but they [the
Haitian people] have made enormous progress over the past three
years.” The volleyball community in Port-au-Prince has
benefitted from the construction of a covered court with a
permanent floor, which allows the national teams to train in
excellent conditions and host competitions in their zone.
Glaive also applauded the federation’s new organisational
structure and underscored the importance of their support and
that of the FIVB in furthering the sport of volleyball in the