VolleySLIDE increasing presence of sitting volleyball06.04.2014
Matthew Rogers, founder of VolleySLIDE, shares how the sport is encouraging mass participation at the club level and below.
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Started in January 2013, VolleySLIDE has expanded rapidly and already provides a complete set of tools and resources to help enthusiasts worldwide to introduce sustainable “low-level” recreational sitting volleyball.
Having worked to launch sitting volleyball in Great Britain to prepare teams for London 2012, Matt Rogers realised how little was available to support enthusiasts in a similar position. So using the rapid growth that he initiated, as a foundation, Matt set about creating a global resource, available on a central platform, entitled VolleySLIDE.
Started in January 2013, VolleySLIDE has expanded rapidly and already provides a complete set of tools and resources to help enthusiasts worldwide to introduce sustainable “low-level” recreational sitting volleyball. It focuses on the accessible and inclusive nature of sitting volleyball by encouraging mass integrated participation for all at club level and below.
VolleySLIDE utilises the power and reach of the internet and social media to reach more people at less cost and has already had a significant impact on the number of countries benefitting from the sport, and the quality and experience of the activities.
• A “Getting Started” section
• A template for self-led “VolleySLIDE Workshops”
• A “Full Resource” for sports teachers and volleyball coaches to run introductory sessions
• A “Short Resource” for medical workers involved with rehabilitation
• Further links and educational blogs
Volunteers , including six co-ordinators and more than 14 translators currently run VolleySLIDE. As a result of its success it has recently been fully integrated into World ParaVolley, the International Federation (IF) responsible for sitting volleyball.
People from 113 countries have already accessed the VolleySLIDE website and, with World ParaVolley support in identifying target nations, well over 63 countries have received educational materials.
Being based on a sport that can be played by anyone with little technical requirements and using the internet and social media to spread the word, it is expected that this ChangeMaker, VolleySLIDE, will continue to be one of the major forces using sport as a tool for positive change.
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