Global Volleyball legend and Olympic champion Vladimir Grbic, joined Volleyball Ireland to celebrate it’s 50th Anniversary.
Grbic visited Ireland for 5 days delivering a series of coaching masterclasses for young players, as well as a QandA with a range of top Irish coaches. The trip is part of a strategy by Volleyball Ireland to up-skill players and coaches to improve the overall standards of Volleyball in the country. The Serbian delivered Volleyball workshops to the Irish Junior teams including the u16s Girls team who are preparing for the CEV Championships qualifying round in early 2019, as well as training with the Boys u12 training squad.
Grbic also helped launched the CEV Schools Project in Ireland with a once-in-a-lifetime coaching experience for Sutton Park School. Prior to that he was working with a local Dublin school who are prioritising the development of Beach Volleyball.
President of Volleyball Ireland, Grainne Culliton said, “Vladimir's coaching philosophy is inspirational. He emphasises the importance for children to be involved in sport for mental and physical reasons, and to keep them playing, the focus must be on them having fun so they want to come back again and again. We certainly hope he will come back to Ireland again soon”.
Vladimir took time in his trip to visit the HQ of Special Olympics Europe/Asia for whom he is a global ambassador and his passion for working with children with special needs was evident.
This was Ireland's first time to host an international volleyball super star, and it is hoped to do this again, to help in achieving the goals of the new Volleyball Ireland strategy to be launched later this month.