NOC*NSF has the ambition to contribute to a long lasting social legacy in the host cities of the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games. Therefore, we organize or contribute to social projects in these host cities.
In 2026, the Youth Olympic Games will be hosted in Senegal. It’s the first time an Olympic event takes place on the African continent. A special moment that we – together with the Senegalese NOC, the Senegalese Volleyball Federation, the Dutch Volleyball Federation, Volley Vlaanderen and the French Volleyball Federation – want to use to improve the Senegalese sports infrastructure, contribute to the local development of volleyball and put beach volleyball on the map. To reach these goals, we started the project World2Win, which is co-funded by the European Union.
Through World2Win, the parties involved want to work on a stronger connection between the European Union and Africa. A big Olympic event such as the Youth Olympic Games offers great opportunities to work on the development of sports in Senegal. However, the objectives of World2Win are not limited to organizational improvements. We want to develop sport, in this case volleyball, in such a way it can be used to make a bigger social impact as well. With World2Win we aim to:
- share knowledge and organize training to improve knowledge and skills of the parties involved;
- build an EU/African network of staff and coaches with potential for further collaboration;
- deliver a model for volleyball development in Senegal, developed in collaboration with all partners and that can be used by other sport associations and countries as well;
- inspire youth in both the European Union in Africa with sports, from grassroots to high performance; and
- contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on girls’ empowerment.
The World2Win project focuses on three areas:
- management development
- technical development
- dissemination and legacy
Management Development (MD)
One of the main goals of World2Win is the development of a stronger Senegalese Volleyball Federation. By organizing three workshops we want to share our knowledge about, for example, Good Governance, Digital Marketing, Talent Development and Volunteer- and Event Management. These workshops will also be used to plan and monitor the project as a whole and to give feedback on the curricula/manuals.
Workshop 1 in Senegal: kick-off, site visits, first knowledge exchange session in which Senegalese partners share their Youth Olympic Games experience with EU partners.
Workshop 2 in the Netherlands: knowledge exchange sessions about several themes as described above, site visits, project monitoring and planning.
Workshop 3 in Senegal: knowledge exchange sessions, project monitoring and define legacy, results and end products.
Technical Development (TD)
Another objective of World2Win is to contribute to the technical development of volleyball and beach volleyball in Senegal. Therefore, the following activities and programs are planned:
- An FIVB elite Dutch/Belgium volleyball coach will be provided for a period of three months (‘20&’21) to help improve the level of the Senegalese national (beach) volleyball teams (junior/senior). The national Senegalese coaches will receive education as well and will be supported by a long-distance mentorship for reflection and guidance.
- Back2School (manual & pilot): this program uses Senegalese elite volleyball athletes to stimulate the Senegalese youth to play more volleyball. The athletes will be educated to execute the program successfully. They go back to their former schools to give a presentation about volleyball, to share their road to success and their life skills. Also, the athletes give a volleyball clinic to the students. Teachers receive a manual from the athletes about volleyball at school. This manual will be made available for other countries as well.
- Volleyball4Life (manual & pilot): this 1-week program focuses on girls empowerment. Volleyball4Life coaches go to schools to give volleyball lessons to girls and boys. In this way, they create awareness that girls and boys can play the same sport. Together with the involved teachers, the Volleyball4Life coaches want to start a conversation about equal opportunities for boys and girls as well. To this end, a curriculum will be developed. This curriculum can be used in other countries as well.
- School volleyball tournament (manual & pilot): in Dakar, a school volleyball tournament will be organized to promote volleyball and to stimulate the Senegalese youth to play volleyball. The first edition will be held in 2021. A manual will be developed, so that the Senegalese Volleyball Federation is able to organize a second edition during the YOG2026. This manual will be available for other countries and sport federations as well.
Many of the W2W activities take place in Senegal. However, W2W creates a win-win for both EU and Africa. EU and African trainers have the opportunity to build an international network, improve their train-the-trainer skills and experience different cultures.
Dissemination and Legacy
The dissemination of this project is not restricted to the final phase, but will be implemented throughout the project by:
- strengthening partnerships, building networks and stimulate further exchange;
- increasing the distribution of knowledge step by step and the development of the skills of all participants; and
- enhancing the opportunities to inspire other possible actors for further collaboration.
The partners of World2Win
- Senegalese NOC (SNOC) is the umbrella organization for national sport federations in Senegal. It is responsible for sending top teams to the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games. The SNOC aims to build a centre of expertise which contributes to the quality of sport and represent Senegalese sport nationally and internationally in various collaborative relationships.
- Senegalese Volleyball Federation (FSV) is responsible for the organization of competitions, events and development of indoor and beach volleyball. FSV takes care of the interest of their members from grassroots to elite level. The National Teams participate at African Championships. FSV is member of the CAVB and FIVB and is responsible for the management of the FIVB Development Centre in Dakar.
- Nevobo is the Dutch Volleyball Federation and responsible for the organization of competitions, events and development of indoor, beach and sitting volleyball. Nevobo takes care of the interest of 115.000 members from grassroots to elite level. The National Teams participate at European and World Championships. Nevobo supports 1000 clubs in their development by providing knowledge, expertise, education and inspiration to board members, coaches, referees, professionals and volunteers. Nevobo is member of the CEV and FIVB.
- Volley Vlaanderen is responsible for the organization of competitions, events and development of volleyball in Vlaanderen (part of Belgium). It supports clubs in their development by providing knowledge, expertise, education and inspiration to board members, coaches, referees, professionals and volunteers. Volley Vlaanderen is member of the Royal Belgium Volleyball Federation.
- French Volleyball Federation (FFVB) is responsible for the organization of competitions, events and development of indoor and beach volleyball. FFVB takes care of the interest of their members from grassroots to elite level. The National Teams participate at European and World Championships. FFVB is member of the CEV and FIVB.
- NOC*NSF is the main organization for organized sports in the Netherlands. The 77 national sport federations that are a member of NOC*NSF account for almost 24,000 sport clubs with a total of 5,2 million people involved in sports. As the country’s Olympic Committee it develops and promotes the Olympic Movement in the Netherlands and is responsible for sending Dutch athletes to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games, and the European Youth Olympic Festival.