International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) instructor, Roberto Regiana, is in the country conducting a week-long beach volleyball course which got underway on Monday and is aimed at spearheading the sports development programme.

The course is one of the many organised by the Zimbabwe Volleyball Association in conjunction with the world mother body, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).

Twenty five participants drawn from the country’s provinces are taking part in the prestigious course which will encompass topics in practical and theoretical aspects of beach volleyball.

Regiana said the course will cover areas such as the general overview of the sport, rules of the game and the organization of an event among others.

While some have expressed concern at the absence of natural beaches in Zimbabwe as a hindrance in the development of the game, Regiana however begs to differ.

Regiana said: “Some of the biggest beach volleyball events in the world are played on man made beach volleyball courts, such as the ones in Austria and Paris, so it shouldn’t be a big problem. What’s just required is commitment and regular practice and success will come.”

The beach volleyball course, the first of its kind in Zimbabwe, started on Monday and will end on Saturday with a tournament to assess whether the participants will have grasped all the core fundamentals taught during the course.