Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 29, 2016 – Volleyball is set to be one of the flagship events at the Rio 2016 Olympics, but the first volleyball action the city will see ahead of the Games will not be at the Maracanazinho or on Copacabana, but at a VolleyballYourWay Festival at Parque Madureira on Sunday.
The event will focus on children keen to learn the basics of the sport and – most importantly – have fun.
The festival, which will be organised by the FIVB in partnership with the CBV, is part of the VivaVôlei initiative programme run by the national federation in Brazil with the aim of educating and socialising boys and girls aged 7 to 17 year’s old through volleyball.
Buses will take four groups on a guided tour of the park – the third largest in Rio and one of three sites for the public to watch the Olympic Games for free on a big screen – before introducing them to mini volleyball along with side entertainment.
The Festival is part of the FIVB’s planned activities for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 as it looks to engage with the local population and leave a sustainable legacy in Brazil.