Belgrade, Serbia, March 10, 2017. Serbian Volleyball legend, 2000 Olympic champion Vladimir Grbic will be hosting a Volleyball camp for young players in July 2017. The camp will be taking place at Zlatibor, an idyllic mountainous region in the western part of Serbia and run from July 1 to 29. There are actually four shifts scheduled within that period, each one lasting for seven days (July 1-8, 8-15, 15-22, and 22-29) and open to some 100-120 children, with participation of 10 up to 12 licensed coaches. The camp is addressed to young players aged from nine to 19.
Grbic will be running this camp in close cooperation with experts from the Orthopaedic Institute in Belgrade and the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education of the University of Belgrade. The participants will be staying at the Golija campus with accommodation including four meals a day prepared by a nutritionist. The training sessions will be taking place indoors at Wai Tai Sports Centre, as well as outdoors – this applies to both Volleyball and Beach Volleyball – depending on the specific needs and number of participants. The local facilities include a swimming pool and fitness centre as well, and after being divided into smaller groups according to their age, maximum 12 players will be working with one coach according to a programme established and overseen personally by Grbic himself. Players aged 17 to 19 will also have the possibility to join some more specific programmes depending on their position / role on the team they play for back home.
At the end of the camp, all participants will receive written documentation reviewing the results of all tests and including some further advices for their further physical and technical development. These documents will help parents, schools, clubs and coaches continue their work with their respective children / players. If clubs or schools wish to do so, the cooperation can continue even upon completion of the camp.
The participation fee stands at € 250. This includes board and lodging for seven days with four meals a day, orthopaedic and motoric diagnostics, technical evaluation, seven days of training sessions, five t-shirts, three shorts, insurance, local transportation, tourist tax and a recommendation letter from Vladimir Grbic. A professional crew will record what all happens during the camp and the participants will receive a one-hour CD reviewing the shift they attended. Some of the activities will be available live on social media as long as the participants’ parents have given their consent. The young players travelling to the camp can look forward to meeting a number of VIP guests, i.e. famous actors, athletes, etc.
The payment of the participation fee can be settled in four instalments of € 50 each. Participation in the camp will be allowed only after the participation fee has been settled in full. If the camp is cancelled, the participation fee will be returned only in case of injury or sickness duly proven by a medical certificate.
Volunteer coaches can join the camp as well, and maximum five per shift will be accepted after verifying their respective credentials. Additional coaches can also attend the camp to follow the various sessions and learn from the programme.
After retiring from competitive sport, Grbic – who is a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame and of the FIVB Athletes’ Commission – has worked with more than 12,000 children all over Serbia being at the helm of a development project that was presented to all of the delegates in attendance at the FIVB Congress held in Cagliari, Italy in 2014. Grbic has a degree in Sports and Physical Education from the University of Belgrade and is currently completing his Ph.D. studies in human locomotion. Apart from organising camps with children in his home country, Grbic has given a number of lectures in countries as diverse as the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia and the Former Y.R. of Macedonia.