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Volleyball plans $8m development centre

Pravin Narain
Sunday, February 04, 2018

THE Fiji Volleyball Federation board has plans to build an $8 million volleyball development centre in the country for the development of the sport.

Fiji Volleyball Federation president Nanise Vucago said the federation had plans to develop volleyball from the grassroots level.

"Before the selection of the national team did not have a proper structure that comes from the grassroots to the national level and now we will have Fiji volleyball sanctioned tournaments specifically aligned with the selection of the national team.

"We have already submitted to Government our proposal of about $6 million for the indoor development only and there is another one for beach volleyball.

"We have already submitted plans for the next seven years to Government.

"We also want to have an indoor development hub centre and we are looking at sponsors for us to pursue. The structure had to be separated from the multi-purpose court, purely because we cannot lock all the tournaments, but we need to lock the whole year of the calendar.

"The FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volleyball) has specifically asked the flooring of the development hub centre has to be only for volleyball," Vucago said.

"We are looking at an $8m structure between Suva and Navua to build the hub centre and are also looking for sponsorship.

"We want the centre to be the little bit separated so it allows the team to train and prepare in a holistic contacts," she said.

"The federation has also started talks with landowners and it is good to have a partnership in this context making use of the land for a good reason and development."

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