Thailand Volleyball Association’s President Mr Somporn Chaibangyang and Narathiwat Governor Mr Sitthichai Sakda jointly presided over the inauguration of the training center in Rueso District, Narathiwat, one of the three southern border provinces with an approximate distance of 1,117 kilometres from Bangkok.
Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, FIVB Board of Administration Member and AVC Secretary-General, TVA’s executives including its Secretary-General Jaksuwan Tocharoen and Mrs Thanthip Sirinupong, Thai Beverage’s Vice President of External Affairs, attended the opening ceremony as guests of honour.
Also joining the trip to the southern province on Tuesday were the Thailand national men’s and women’s team players from both indoor and beach volleyball events and staff coaches.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to FIVB and Thai Beverage for their kind supports in helping accomplish our project to build the training center here in Rueso, Narathiwat Province. I think Rueso is the right choice because Rueso Municipality have always sent their volleyball team to contest the competitions held by the TVA and we greatly appreciated their determined efforts in doing so.
“As we have learned that the FIVB have provided us the financial assistance for the cost of the Sport Court gym floor, we then decided to build the training center here in Rueso with ultimate aims of making it the training site for students and other persons interested in volleyball.
“The Southern Border Provinces Volleyball Training Center has been located at Rueso Chanupatham School in Rueso District, Narathiwat Province and with this training site, I think they will have greater opportunities. The center will serve the needs of those from the southern border provinces. I’m convinced that the center will also play a vital role in producing well-qualified personnels and good spikers who can join the national team in the near future,” Somporn said.
In terms of the financial assistance, Mr Shanrit said that FIVB have supported for the cost of the Sport Court gym floor installations worth Bt1.7 million, while TVA’s main sponsors Thai Beverage have offered the support yearly costs of Bt2 million for administering the development center.
Meanwhile, the Volleyball Your Way course programe emphasizing teaching the basics of volleyball to children and youth under the “Keep the Ball Flying” scheme was held for youngsters from the three southern border provinces. Thailand national men’s and women’s players including superstar spiker Pleumjit Thinkaow, Wilavan Apinyapong, Jirayu Raksakaew and Kittikun Sriutthawong held a volleyball clinic for over 2,000 students, providing them with skill training and tips for improvement and give them a chance to improve their passing, serving and hitting as well as improve their confidence and skill level.
The one-day activity was full of fun. The students, most of them Muslims, left in great excitement on Tuesday as they caught a glimpse of taking photos with their favorite players aside from learning basic skills with them.
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