Three Irish Volleyballers are heading off to the South of France today to spend a week training with Narbonne Volleyball Club - a professional club based near Toulouse.
Ciagan Davoren, Cian Humphreys and Cathal Dwyer have been selected by the French coaching team to gain an advanced experience of life at the top level. The mid term programme is part of twinning project that will see Irish players and coaches the opportunity to learn from a professional environment, opening up a pathway from participation to performance.
The project is the brainchild of Men's Head Coach Andrei Molnar who said, "The short term plan is to expose the Irish Volleyball players and their families to the high-level volleyball and its perks. On the medium and long term, it is an absolutely unique opportunity in having a direct path to the professional volleyball life. For us as coaches and managers I personally think it is a great opportunity to work with a club of world level from which we can learn a lot as well from a professional point of view."
Davoren is a libero and youngest of the squad, hailing from St. Brigid's College in Loughrea Co. Galway which has a proud history of producing top quality volleyball players. Ciagan is joined by two players from St. Flannan's in Ennis, Co. Clare who are becoming a real force in School's Volleyball. Humphrey's is a left wing and Dwyer a Middle. All three excelled at the recent Flying Scots Tournament in Scotland where the u20 team finished 3rd.
The lads will stay with host families and become immersed in French and Volleyball cultures learning from quality players and coaches.
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland Gary Stewart added, "I'd like to congratulate the three players for being selected for this trip and also congratulate Andrei for driving the twinning project with Narbonne forward with his energy, passion and enthusiasm for development. Finally, the contribution of Eric Marty, the Narbonne Club and the families in France should be commended for the generosity, kindness and help in providing this opportunity."
On Tuesday we will be publishing a full interview with Head Coach Andrei Molnar and gaining an insight from the players themselves.
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