The DVC club man jetted off to Ankara, Turkey earlier this week to participate on the intensive week long course. The experience includes a mix of examinations, practical assessments and peer learning with 20 other referees from a range of Federations.
Speaking from Ankara Vinnie said, “I’m delighted to be chosen to Volleyball Ireland and the CEV to attend the Intl Referees Course. It’s a great opportunity and I hope to bring back new ideas, knowledge and experience to help other referees in Ireland. The course so far has been tough, intense and lots of hard work but it’s a really positive environment to learn in.”
There were almost 50 applications for the course, with the final list dominated by representatives from more developed National Federations and Professional Leagues.
Talking about the project, VI President Grainne Culliton said, “It is a key part of our strategy to support all within the Volleyball community reach their potential and this includes referees. Hopefully this can show there is a pathway for referees and like players and coaches, we will help people get to the very top.” Dos Santos, has also refereed in Faroe Islands, Denmark and Luxembourg this year alone, this and Pamela O’Donnell’s experience at the Special Olympics World Games in Dubai shows there is an opportunity for Referees to represent Ireland on the global stage.
The course is part of a plan to up skill and educate referees and coaches, with an International Coaching Programme for Coaches soon to be announced for 2020.
Volleyball Ireland would like to thank the CEV for supporting the application, as well as the FIVB for their support with the training and mentoring of Vinnie.