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24/10/2017 11:00
CEV President joins ‘warm meeting’ of SCD Executive Committee in Iceland
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Reykjavik, Iceland, October 24, 2017. CEV President Aleksandar Boričić joined the Small Countries Division Executive Committee for its plenary meeting in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland last weekend.

Welcoming President Boričić, SCD President Margaret Ann Fleming said it was a real privilege to have his attendance for the first time with ExCom colleagues.

President Boričić spoke on several important matters that will affect all the European Volleyball family and stressed that changes were necessary to make progress.

He emphasised the need for more activity among all Volleyball Federations and said that for groups to be strong at least 40% of the members must be actively engaged in competitions.  He commented on the size of the Small Countries Division and accepted the differences of Iceland and Cyprus in distances between them.

The CEV President welcomed the delivery of more SCD Beach Volleyball events and opportunities for players in the past season but stressed again that aspirations must be converted into realities, especially with the new “Volleyball at School” project. He acknowledged how small volunteer-led Federations like the members of SCD faced problems with minimum or no staff but recognised the willingness of their people to try hard to get more schoolchildren have the chance to enjoy Volleyball. “Respect and Trust” were two key ingredients for future work, the President added.

President of the Icelandic Federation, Mr Jason Ivarsson warmly welcomed President Boričić, President Fleming and all the ExCom to Iceland for this historic first meeting in his country and hoped it would not be long before all were back for a longer time and have an opportunity to see Iceland and Icelandic Volleyball at first hand.

SCD President Fleming thanked both President Boričić and President Ivarsson for their comments and all the ExCom agreed that these were good times to make changes  and invest in the future of Volleyball.

There was full discussion on the prospects of both the “Volleyball at School” project and Snow Volleyball as well as matters around finances, competitions and calendars.  In conclusion, President Boričić thanked Iceland and the Small Countries Division for the opportunity to join them and commented that “The player on the bench never makes a mistake; you have real capacity inside your individuals and this Small Countries Division as a whole. Now is the time to plan for the future.”

The SCD will be addressing a questionnaire to its members to ascertain strengths and weaknesses led by Helgi Thorsteinsson in coming weeks and details of future activity will be communicated to the 15 member National Federations accordingly.

Pictured from left are Niclas Joensen (FAR) Treasurer SCD, Jason Ivarsson (ISL) President of the Icelandic Volleyball Federation, Helgi Thorsteinsson (ISL) Technical Development Officer SCD, SCD President Margaret Ann Fleming, CEV President Aleksandar Boričić, Paddy Murphy (NIR) Secretary General / Press Officer SCD, Federico Valentini (SMR) Vice President SCD.

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