Kampala, 29th May 2017
Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club in conjunction with CoRSU Hospital is finalizing arrangements to host the Italian Women’s Professional Volleyball League members who will be running a short volleyball Camp for girls between the ages of 14 and 18 at SOS Children’s Village Entebbe from the 12th till 14th June 2017.
The Italian volleyball crew is accompanying a team of Italian Surgeons who are set to carry out various operations at the Kisubi based CoRSU hospital. This effort at the hospital is supported by the Italian Professional Women’s Volleyball League.
The Managing Director of the Italian Women Volleyball League Mr. Piero Rebaudengo confirmed the camp last week while briefing the local coordinator Mofaht Masaba and introduced his team who include the group Leader, Mr. Alessandro Spigno and Coach Mr. Maurizio Latelli former player in Italian Pro –League and currently coach of the Junior League in Monza, top team of the Italian Pro-League
Three professional players are coming along;
– Ms. Elisa Cella, 35, former national player, outside hitter. Elisa has played almost 20 years in Italian A League.
– Ms. Fabiola Facchinetti, 28, former junior national player, middle blocker. Fabiola has played 9 years in Italian A League.
– Ms. Tereza “Terry” Rossi Matuszkova, 34, former Czech Republic national player, opposite. Tereza has played 15 years in Italian A League
The Italians will work hand in hand with KAVC technical staff led by Technical Director Ms. Shilla Buyungo to conduct the camp at the SOS Children’s Village Entebbe.
Asked why girls and SOS Children’s Village the local coordinator Masaba informed our reporters that the Italian Women’s League were interested in imparting their skills and knowledge to the Ugandan girl child as part of their social responsibility to spread volleyball to more females in the world. They too preferred the girl child from a disadvantaged perspective who they feel if given such attention may drive bigger impact than otherwise.
Masaba said “that when CoRSU approached KAVC last year we contacted SOS Children’s Village Entebbe whom we have had past programmes with to be part of this venture”. He added “We are glad that they accepted not only to provide the trainees but also the camp venue”
The President of KAVC, Mr. Amon Ainebyona noted to our team that opportunities such as these were what KAVC leverages to promote the game of volleyball in support of the federation’s wider perspective of building volleyball as the top sport in the country. He said “KAVC will always be ready to participate in programmes that impact positively on the youth and their communities and thus the Italian colleagues are most welcome to Uganda. We shall learn from them and share beyond these moments”
SOS Children’s Villages take care of children who have lost or the risk of losing parental care by providing them care, education and health. CoRSU’s Hospital is a key player in Uganda in preventing disability and reducing the consequences of impairment, through the provision of accessible, affordable, appropriate quality medical, therapy and community rehabilitation services for people with disability, prioritizing children. KAVC is a 47 year old voluntary sporting organization championing better community health and behavior through sports. KAVC senior men are record five time Uganda league champions while the ladies have three cups to their name. The club fields two women and three men’s teams in the National League and is running a special project codenamed “Talent Camp” for grassroots volleyball.
The Italian Women’s Volleyball League Serie A1 with 12 teams is the apex professional women’s volleyball league in Italy run by the Italian Volleyball Federation. Its clubs have been impactful at key European & World competitions and it might easily be one of the oldest leagues having started in 1946.
The camp programme is being finalized and will entail several activities.
Contributed by our special reporters
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