Lynne Beattie to participate with FIVB in 4th UN Youth Leadership Camp in Doha

Lynne BeattieAs part of a global partnership with the United Nations (UN) signed in late 2011, the FIVB will open the camp with volleyball fundamentals and workshops focused on sport for community development and peace. FIVB Instructor and Coaches Commission member Mr. Sherif El Shemerly will facilitate sessions, both theoretical and practical, to begin equipping these youth leaders with the knowledge and skills needed for them to initiate grass roots programmes in their home countries.

Thirty-five youth aged 18 to 25 have the opportunity to participate in the camp, including 18-year old, FIVB-nominated Ahmed Sameh Ahmed Zaki from Egypt. Ahmed has played volleyball since he was just three years old and is delighted to have the opportunity to take part, “I’m so thrilled and excited, because I believe I can really learn some useful skills from the coaches and other participants that will benefit my community.”
The FIVB Heroes Campaign is intended to put volleyball’s top athletes front and centre for the fans. FIVB Heroes are not only the top performers in the sport, but are role models with the potential to inspire a new generation of athletes and fans worldwide.

Underlining the FIVB’s commitment to the values of the UNOSDP, FIVB Hero athlete Lynne Beattie will represent the FIVB at the press conference to mark the opening of the UN camp. “It’s wonderful to see young people given the opportunity to learn new skills like this, and to realise what a powerful force for good in the world sport can be. I’m very proud that the sport I love, volleyball, has the potential to make a difference in people’s lives”, Beattie commented.

About the Youth Leadership Camp
Around the world, many highly motivated youth work tirelessly to support their communities through Sport-for-Development-and-Peace (SDP) projects. Most of these youth have only very basic education levels, limited resources with which to carry out their projects and do not have a proper forum where they can learn best practices or develop their leadership skills.

Thus, the idea of a “Youth Leadership Camp” was conceived in order to support such youth by giving them access to theoretical and practical training needed to improve both their projects and their own professional progress, and by supporting them once they go back to their communities.
About the FIVB Heroes campaign

“FIVB Heroes” is the official image campaign of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). The campaign aims to raise awareness of the players’ athletic achievements and to increase worldwide interest in the sport. The campaign revolves around volleyball and beach volleyball players, who thanks to their outstanding performance and team contributions have been designated “FIVB Heroes” and assume the role of ambassadors for the sport around the world. More information on

To see the FIVB Heroes Campaign Factsheet, please click Here.