CAVB national refereeing course successfully concludes in LL, 45 refs certified
A Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Refereeing Course which was organised in Lilongwe, Malawi from August 08-11, 2019 through Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) and support from Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) to the tune of MK 4.2 million has concluded successfully.
Forty-five participants; eight females and the rest men, from all the three VAM’s affiliated leagues took part in the course instructed by the Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) Instructor Waleed Abdelsamad from Egypt. Initially, the participants for the course were expected to be forty-nine, but five others due to other personal commitments, failed to take part.
All Referees were subjected to theory at Falls Baptist Theology Seminary and practical sessions at Lilongwe Community Court and passed oral and practical exams.
Malawi has had such training in 2006 at Blantyre Youth Centre and in 2013 at Mzuzu Stadium/ Rosedale in Mzuzu, both under Solomon Bhekele as the instructor from Ethiopia.
The guest of honour at the closing ceremony, Dennis Kumwenda, who is Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) Executive Member, commended the course and the participants for being disciplined during the course.
“Thank you VAM for identifying the gap in refereeing and considering gender. We have seen women being part of the course. This must be recommended. Women must be encouraged in sports. To you all, the participants, you have represented us well. Thank you for your discipline displayed. We are grateful for good gesture you have shown”, he said.
CAVB organise the first ever International Candidate Referee course solely for female referees in Nairobi, Kenya in March, 2014. The main aim was to increase the number and effectiveness of female referees on the Africa.
Kumwenda continued to challenge the participants to put the certificates to use.
“Government through VAM has done its part, now the ball is in your court. We expect best performance from you especially at the zone six senior clubs championship which we are hosting this year. Make use of the certificates, we want results, some of you have many certificates, but you just pile them. Please perfom in your area,’ he urged.
On his part VAM vice president, James Kaunda expressed joy for the new referees and concurred with Kumwenda that they must be active at officiating the game.
“We are better off now in terms of refereeing personnel in Malawi. We had shortage of referees. Yes, and you are happy that you have got your certificates, but the real work for that has just started. We will be monitoring you to see if you are really worth the certificates’, he advised.
It is reported that this is the first course for National Referees course to have such highest number of participants.
Abdelsamad in his closing remarks, encouraged participants to dream big.
“It is not enough to be just a National Referee, aim to be an International Referee so that you can be officiating the game of volleyball anywhere in the world. Keep on learning and working hard.” he said.
One of the participants, Love Aaron expressed gratitude after attaining her certificate and encouraged fellow women to take sports seriously and volleyball in particular.
“I am very happy that now I am certified National Volleyball Referee. I did not expect it. The ladies that do not take part in sports, please, lets start taking part through various roles. Sports is good,” she explained.
Passionate Aaron came along with her baby that is not at toddler stage yet. She had a maid who was helping her taking care of the baby during the course.
The Zone Six Senior Clubs (Men and Women) is expected to be in early December this year and will be at African Bible College (ABC) in Capital City, Lilongwe.
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It is reported that Malawi has about thirteen certified National Referees; no Candindate International Referee and no International Referee since she was affiliated to Federation International of Volleyball (FIVB) FIVB Volleyball World in 1984. Unfortunately, as of to date, only few among them are active in terms of officiating the game.
The course has started today, Thursday 8th to Sunday, 11th August, 2019 at Falls Baptist Theological Seminary in Lilongwe. The instructor for the course is an FIVB certified, Waleed Abdelsamad from Egypt.
Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) General Secretary, Jairos Nkhoma has said the course will add value to the game of Volleyball in Malawi technically.
"The Confederation Of African Volleyball (CAVB) National Volleyball Refereeing course will add value to our sport technically. We have seen situations where teams, coaches and referees arguing on the rules of the game. But also less active referees has been a challenge. Therefore, the coming of this course will really help us to cover those gaps. In addition, our referees will be recognized internationally and progress to high level refereeing.We are very optimistic that the participants will learn more from the course and be able to transfer the knowledge to other people from their respective regions", Nkhoma said.
The instructor Abdelsamad, concured with Nkhoma.
"I feel it will be an important course. Forty nine participants means that a lot of people feel the importance of refereeing and for sure will help to improve the game, He concured.
The course is being funded by the Government through Malawi National Council Of Sports.
This development has excited one of the participant and thanked the organisers, Florence Nana Nyangulu.
"As a participant who is also a volleyball player I expect to learn a lot about volleyball rules. The course is very important to me as a player and also as a maiden referee. Thanks to the organisers", She revealed.
Out of the forty nine participants, there are three already trained national referees (one certified and two do have ther certificate) so that they share their experiences and be refreshed with some new rules, five national coaches so that they also have a knowledge on contemporary rules of the game since they help develop grassroots and coach National teams.
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