The working group consists of representatives of clubs, players, coaches, physios, referees and international officials.
The working group has mapped out all aspects of Sitting Volleyball and will allow Sitting Volleyball to play an attractive role for everyone with (or without)a physical disability through various Projects. Designed in the Netherlands in 1956 and popular in more than 80 countries. The Projects below will lead to a new Sitting Volleyball Handbook. Suitable for clubs and the National Volleyball Federation
A number of questions will be asked for all Projects, making the advice of the working group a clear choice.
Goal and Targetgroups
The Goal of Sitting Volleyball
The goal of Sitting Volleyball is to offer every person with a physical disability a Sport to gain pleasure, competition, fitness and mental strength so that a social equal role in society is obtained " This complies with the UN Charter rule 30 "The Right to Exercise and Sport by People with Disabilities". This right has been invested by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport with the National Sports Federations. Sitting volleyball is about athletes with congenital or acquired disabilities and those with a traumatic cause. we can develop a policy for recruiting these people in three target groups.
The Target Groups :
15% of the population is disabled. Do you have any idea how big our market is in the Netherlands, approx. 2,400,000. Every year, 100,000 people in our country stop participating in sports for medical reasons and are not taken care of by organized sports. Here is a market of 2,500,000 people who could and should do sports. Neither the responsible authorities nor the unions have developed an adequate sports policy to get disabled people to exercise and especially to keep sports leavers active. Every year 100,000 compatriots stop playing sports and we simply drop them. Some measurements were made, but the conclusions were incomprehensibly not taken up. At the beginning of this year, the Ministry of Economic Affairs came up with a sports advice that the sporting Dutchman had an economic added value of 2.5% and a sporting disabled person even had an added value of 4.5%. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports with "Sport inclusive" and "Sport is a necessity of life" stimulates the Sports Associations. The Ministry can call on the healthcare sector to refer more and also point out to the Unions their role in referring. “We are not competitors in Sport, but together we stand for the Goal of offering every person the opportunity to get and keep moving”. A nationally supported policy from politicians, the National Sports Federation,the National Volleyball Federation are indispensable in this regard. A „3-Track Policy“ can be developed here. See document National-International
Where do we find our athletes for target group 1 :
healthcare workers, Rehabilitation Centers, rehabilitation doctors, physiotherapists, movement agogues, In the 1st and 2nd line of care, patient organizations, neighborhood coaches, Annual list of Sport-leavers at NSF affiliated Federations, incl. all Indoor volleyball associations via Exit talks and especially in the healthcare chain
Target group 2
Sitting Volleyball : A MODEL FOR ENGAGING FORMER ELITE ATHLETES IN REGULAR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY . An interesting study from the Erasmus University in Slovenia, the AHOS project, shows how important it is that especially TOP players should continue to do sports after their career.
Many ex-top players drop out with no ambition to do recreational sports and also fear of injuries. Sitting Volleyball appears to be the ideal sport for many TOP athletes to be active for a longer period of time. These are ideal opportunities to set up a national or international competition for these athletes. (AHOS project Slovenië)
In this target group we find also the more than 100,000 athletes who leave the Sport every year for whatever reason. The Nat Sport Fed (NSF) publishes a list of “leavers” every year. It would be useful to filter this list by a reason that indicates the cause. The Volleyball Federation can request the NSF to inspect the filtered list that may be of interest to Sitting Volleyball (for example, that of the Team Sports) The Volleyball Bond itself annually conducts an Exit investigation into the leavers of Indoor Volleyball, with the cooperation of all volleyball clubs. In this group we can place all athletes of all sports who have to exercise due to a long-term physical sports injury. With SittingVolleyball you can still practice a sport and keep your condition up
Where can we find future sitting volleyball athletes from target group 2:
List Sport leavers of NOC*NSF and that one of the National Volleyball Fed and the other national sports federations. All national associations in particular must play a more active role with their members who stop playing sports for physical reasons. They must take on a referral role. The Volleyball Federation communicates with the other Sports Federations and indicats for reference to Sitting Volleyball as an alternative sport after their career.
On the advice of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Nat Sport Fed , all national clubs should develop an active policy in this regard. Money is available
Target group 3