Park Volleyball: Avenue to bond with environment, says Gagariga

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

Chairman of Nigeria Park Volleyball Commission (NPVC), Major General Taritimiye Gagariga said Park Volleyball will provide the platform for ex-international to bond with their environment where they can impact positively on the grassroots.

Gagariga said the innovation will help those above the age of 50, who have passed the national leagues’ ages, to be actively involved in the sport.

The Chairman, who made the statement during the official launching of Park Volleyball in Kontagora, Niger State, emphasised that for progress to take place in grassroots volleyball, all the stakeholders must be prepared to invest in the game.

“The Park Volleyball will help ex-international bond in their various environments and they can impact the basic skills and techniques of volleyball into the much younger players,” Major General Gagariga said.

According to him, Park Volleyball will spur ex-internationals, aged players, and coaches to promote the importance of this innovation across the nooks and crannies of the country.

The NPVC Chairman, while highlighting the various divisions in the national volleyball leagues, reiterated that the Park Volleyball, despite creating an avenue to bring age players back into active sport, will strengthen our various diversities.

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“Park Volleyball is one of the ways we can strengthen our various diversities,” he identified.

“The Nigeria Volleyball Federation have the Premier League, the National Division 1 and 2 Leagues; you do not expect individuals over the age of 50 to compete in these leagues,” Major General Gagariga added.

In a related development, Emmanuel Okunwuze, a 6’5ft Niger Brass middle player was discovered in a four-team event at the Kontagora In-Country Challenge held at the Volleyball Arena, Kontagora Barracks on Friday.

The four-team event included Kontagora VC, Niger Brass (Minna), Super Stars VC of Kontagora and Federal University of Education VC.

Nevertheless, Major General Gagariga applauded the various programmes executed by the academies across the country, giving much regard to the coaching programmes.

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