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National Teams Set the Bar for National Volleyball Month
Jan 23, 2012
National Team’s set the bar for National Volleyball Month
National Volleyball Month (September) is a new strategy to “Teach and inspire young people to play the game”. For full details of the purpose of National Volleyball Month visit our LINK
Our Full Time Centre (FTC) group were busy giving back recently offering a demonstration and clinic in front of a packed gym at École élémentaire Jeanne Sauvé (Orléans). With a very busy September and the FTC group representing Canada at the Pan Am Games in October, the group planned its National Volleyball Month activities in November.
FTC athletes were briefed before the event on Age Appropriate Games principles and the different rules and progressions of Circulation and Atomic Volleyball.
At the school, we did a short demo in front of the kids then explained and demonstrated two formats: Circulation Volleyball and Atomic Volleyball (Stage 1). We had access to two courts, so we did Circulation Volleyball on one court (Grade 1-3), and Atomic Volleyball on the other (Grade 4-6).
Teachers selected 8 students from their class to participate in short games in which our National Team athletes participated and ran. National Team captain Louis-Pierre was the MC of the clinic and did an awesome job of animating the games and getting all the kids involved.
Finally, we ran a ‘‘serve to target'' contest, where kids from all classes could serve for a prize, which would then be put in draw in their respective class, giving everyone a chance to win a prize.
Thank you to the teachers who were a huge help in setting up and running the event. Over 350 kids from all levels (Grade 1-6 + Kindergarten classes) were there to take in the action!
The session was so well received; the school renewed their invitation for another event next year. The school office also sent out a press release on the event, and Radio-Canada (Émission Ce Soir), the local French CBC evening news show sent a cameraman. A 30 second spot aired during the evening sport news the same night.
A huge thank you to André Larouche, the director of the school for inviting our FTC group into the school to help us teach and inspire kids to play the game!
Vincent Pichette – Sr. Men’s National Team Assistant Coach