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Paralympic Sports: Sitting Volleyball

World ParaVolley joins forces with VolleySLIDE

VolleySLIDE will help bolster the grassroots sports development initiatives in sitting volleyball around the world. 06 Feb 2014
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Iran and Rwanda sitting volleyball

Iran and Rwanda face each other in a preliminary round sitting volleyball match at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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By World ParaVolley

To date, VolleySLIDE materials have been sent out to 49 different countries identified by the World ParaVolley Sport Director, and people from over 84 countries have visited the VolleySLIDE website in the last month alone.

World ParaVolley is pleased to announce that the highly successful VolleySLIDE initiative, which was set up as an independent organisation from the International Federation (IF), has now become an integral part of World ParaVolley.

The IF will be using VolleySLIDE materials as their start point for grassroots sports development and initial workforce education for their Paralympic discipline of sitting volleyball.

As a result of excellent use of the internet and all forms of social media, VolleySLIDE has a growing presence in the sport, and with the assistance of World ParaVolley staff has established a global internet based programme which provides a complete set of tools to help enthusiasts introduce low-level recreational sitting volleyball around the world.

The programme focuses on the accessible and inclusive nature of the sport and encourages mass integrated participation at club level, integration which World ParaVolley encourages at national level, prior to the need for classification for International players.

VolleySLIDE was the brainchild of Matt Rogers, who was the driving force behind the re-establishment of the sport in Great Britain. He worked for the London 2012 Organising Committee as the Volleyball Technical Manager, working closely with World ParaVolley staff to deliver the sitting volleyball competition. Since then, he has set about establishing VolleySLIDE to help others who share his enthusiasm and wish to learn about and start sitting volleyball.

To date, VolleySLIDE materials have been sent out to 49 different countries identified by the World ParaVolley Sport Director, and people from over 84 countries have visited the VolleySLIDE website in the last month alone.