Botswana Volleyball Federation conducted one week level 1 volleyball coaching course in Serowe College.
About 20 teachers from primary, secondary and tertiary schools participated and 17 managed to pass.
Botswana National Sports Council sponsored the training in collaboration with Federation of International Volleyball. FIVB brought an instructor George Ghadwyn Appadoo from Mauritius.
Speaking to Voice Sport Appadoo said he has been an international volleyball coach for 21 years. He said he was impressed by trainees who managed to pass their practical and theory tests.
“All of the participants were dedicated to their training and everyone was involved. Some of them have good techniques and they played volleyball before.
I came here in 2006 to train them in preliminary stage ,” said Appadoo.
He said when identifying volleyball players, coaches have to look at their height and body structure.
He said it is very important to have qualified coaches in sport because they will impart correct skills and techniques of the game on athletes.
BVF Vice President Technical Mission Mereyotlhe said development at an early age will help them nature talent to produce professional athletes.
He said as the second popular sport in the country, they want to see volleyball growing.
“The reason why we have this development structures is because we want to achieve our dream of professionalizing volleyball.
We want our national team to qualify for World Cup for the first time.
This can be possible if there is proper development.
BNSC also have Zebra athlete scholarship in which most of our senior team players have benefited from it,” said Mereyotlhe.
One of the participants Kabelo Mathule from Polokwe primary said he has learnt a lot from the programme.
He said he learnt some tactics and other aspects of coaching volleyball.
Meanwhile BVF men national team started 2014 FIVB World Cup qualifiers games on a positive result.
They defeated Swaziland 3-0 in their first match.