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 unique development. Together with the Senegalese NOC, the Senegalese Volleyball Federation, the Dutch Volleyball Federation, Volley Vlaanderen and the French Volleyball Federation – we decided to join this special occassion to improve the Senegalese sports infrastructure, and contribute to the local development of volleyball as well as to put beach volleyball on the map. To reach these goals, we carried out the project World2Win, that was co-funded by the European Union. In 2022 the project was rounded up. The project's closing meeting in Senegal showed us that all organisations involved are enthusiastic about the development that volleyball has made in Senegal in recent years. As a result, there is collaboration when it comes to volleyball in schools, the visibility of the sport, required materials and the organisation of volleyball events.
Activity results of the World2Win project
A short overview of some of the activity results as part of the World2Win project:
- School tournaments: the first three tournaments were organised in May with the central zone in Diofior (135 children), the northern zone in Matam (120 children) and the southern zone in Kolda (140 children). There is still the western zone with the town of Rufisque which organised a school tournament with 300 children. The best teams qualified for the school final, organised in Thiès on 17 July 2022 (250 children).
- Back2School: Back2School was organized with athlete icons who return to a school, to raise children's awareness of the importance of practicing volleyball while staying at school and having good results. From April 2022 until June 2022 several classes were inspired by the athletes. In total 8 primary schools were visited and around 400 children took part in the Back2School program.
- In January 2022, 12 coaches and 12 girls have been educated in the Volleyball4Life program. Volleyball4Life contributes to the development of life skills. The V4L program was created with the intend of having girls between the ages of 12 and 21 make considered choices based on self-insight and that they may do so from their social environment. The full report (English or French) of the Coaches Course can read on this website at the bottom: Nevobo | Nevobo in Senegal
- In cooperation with the FIVB, the coalition identified a Beach Volleyball Expert, his name is Francois Winograd. He has been found willing to support the Senegalese Volleyball Federation in order to help the federation in their technical programs and as well on a grassroot level. He went to Dakar in January 2022 (for a month). The visit was a success, because he will stay there for one more year.
- During the visit of Francois Winograd, he organized a four days coaches course for 18 sport students. They learned about the basic training skills of Beach Volleyball. All participants obtained a diploma of Beach Volley Level 1 training.
- In total, four Management Development workshops were organised, those were primarily focused on the development of the Senegalese Volleyball Federation. For example on the development of a strategic plan or professionalise the (financial) administration.
Partners of World2Win
- Senegalese NOC (SNOC) is the umbrella organisation 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 organising competitions, events and development of indoor volleyball 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 organisation 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 organisation 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 organisation 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 organisation for organised 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.