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Coach Nick Gross completes "Volleyball in School" Symposium

posted Jan 7, 2014, 2:36 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 7, 2014, 4:31 AM ]
In November last year, the AVC and the FIVB reached out to NMIVA and asked us to nominate a candidate to attend a Volleyball in School Symposium. The candidate qualifications essentially required that we nominate some one with the most predominant influence on development of volleyball in our NMI school systems. Two candidates were nominated: Ms. Mili Saiki of SIS and Mr. Nick Gross of MHS. Ultimately, the AVC/FIVB selected Coach Gross based on the student population that he would directly influence. The arrangements required NMIVA to pay for Coach Gross' airfare while the Thailand Volleyball Association hosted Coach Gross' for meals and accommodations. The results were pleasing. NMIVA will be posting materials for use by all volleyball coaches/teachers in the NMI here on it's website. You will be able to access any of these materials for free! Look for them at Coaching & Teaching Resources over the next couple of days.

Below is an article published at FIVB's website regarding the symposium. Reprinted here from "Volleyball in School" Symposium comes to a successful conclusion in Thailand 

Bangkok, Thailand, December 6, 2013 - The Volleyball in School Symposium, jointly organised by FIVB, AVC and Thailand Volleyball Association (TVA) at the Alexander Hotel in Bangkok, came to a successful conclusion on Thursday.

A total of 30 participants from 18 countries including five Thai nationals attended the three-day seminar, which was directed by Mr Mark Tennant and Mr John Kessel, FIVB Instructors from Canada and the USA. The course was supervised by Mr Ramon Suzara, AVC Chairman of the Development and Marketing Committee.

The TVA president Mr. Somporn Chaibangyang presided over the closing ceremony on Thursday, presenting certificates to every participant. Present at the opening ceremony on Tuesday were guests of honour Mr. Ramon Suzara (Chairman of the AVC Marketing & Development Committee) and Mr Chai Nimakorn, (Director of the FIVB Development Center in Thailand).

"The seminar on ‘Volleyball in School’ is of fundamental importance in learning how to develop volleyball in Thailand. The TVA have used this for future practical purpose and we are proud that volleyball has so far become one of the most popular sports in our country,” said Chaibangyang.

"We have been continually hosting volleyball competitions at all age levels for school boys and girls, some of the events have been organised for around 29 years.

"I would like to thank the FIVB for giving Thailand an opportunity to host the ‘Volleyball in School’ Symposium. I'm confident that upon return, all participants will apply their knowledge and valuable experience for the development of volleyball in schools in their country," said Chaibangyang at the closing ceremony.

"Despite being exhausted from the tight seminar schedule, which included theoretical and practical components and which ran from morning till night, I hope all participants had a pleasant stay here. I wish you all a nice trip back home and that you arrive safe and sound."