Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: DC Calls for Countrywide Volleyball Promotion

TANGA District Commissioner, Halima Dendego has pledged to mobilise support for the development of volleyball and to ensure that it is played from grassroots level countrywide.

Dendego who is the secretary of the DC's committee made the remarks when opening a nine-day level one coaches' course s organised by the Tanzania Amateur Volleyball Association (TAVA) in Tanga.She promised to use all means possible to mobilise her colleagues to support volleyball development projects in their respective areas especially in remote places.

"I will mobilise them to ensure implementation of the volleyball development promotion drive in their areas where I believe we can tap a lot of talents especially now that we have the coaches," she said. Dengego who is an ardent volleyball lover want to see into it that the game is revived and becomes among the major sports in the country.

The course attended by 27 participants is funded by the international volleyball body; FIVB is under trainer, Bernard Jesse from Seychelles.Earlier, TAVA Chairman, Augustino Agapa was thankful to FIVB for funding the level one course for four consecutive years. He said upon completion of the course more than 190 coaches mostly primary and secondary school teachers will be ready for the promotion drive.

We are now revitalizing the sport so we want to ensure that players in schools as well as those joining the various clubs in the country come from well trained coaches," he said. He was thankful to FVIB for sponsoring the programme and join TAVA in an effort to upgrade the level of volleyball in the country, which has substantially dropped.

"The level of volleyball is down in Tanzania we have to do something to overcome this challenge, having qualified coaches is key as the players will have the required basics from the start as they go up," said Agapa.

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