THE Vanuatu Volleyball Federation is holding a three-day training camp at the Le life Resort, from January 31 to February 2, with an Australian consultant in the area of High Performance in Sport, Aaron Alsop
He is in Vanuatu to offer support for Government, the Olympic Committee and National Federations in establishing high performance systems, plus support structures and programs around the athletes and coaches.
“I am basically here offering my time and support to giving different perspective on how they are prepared for different campaign in the past,” said Alsop.
“And I guess doing a little bit of observation assessment around the different support services that the current volleyball squad has access to and where perhaps some additional support needs to be provided in order to give the athletes the best preparations for Tokyo Olympics qualification.”
He said some of the assessment that they will be looking at during the training camp at is in relation to high-performance learning and planning towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympic campaign.
“Firstly one of the big things that we look at is the people, so we always want to have the opportunity to really connect with the people, and that’s everyone from the president and the board, through to the technical staff which is the coaches, physiotherapist, strength and conditioning coaches and obviously the players, being part of connecting with the players and really getting to understand where they are at and obviously the very important people in those athletes’ lives,” said Alsop.
“Second is always looking at the other stakeholders – who are the other people who are investing in this program, all the ones that we need to reach out to, to invest further into the program so that they can understand the vision of what the president and the coaches are trying to do here.
“The third one for me is the system – what are the systems around how all those people integrate with each other and support one another, how they communicate with each other and understanding the system put in place to try to create some consistency and sustainability around the way we deliver the program. But also, too to make sure that everyone has those clear and define roles where we know what everyone brings to the table.
“Whether you’re a boy or girl, man or woman, whatever your chosen sport is, it is a wonderful platform for you to use to develop and grow as a person.
“We are very much of the philosophy that we support young athletes to have a dual career – that means we encourage them to stay in school, we encourage them to get a job, we encourage them to take up further education, even if it’s a certificate or a diploma, but we know that the opportunity in front of them to represent their country is an amazing privilege and it’s something that very few people get to do,” he said.
Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF) would like to thank the FIVB for continuing to support the federation.