Korean coach to conduct five-day training camp for Filipino volleyball setters
The clinics aim to improve the skills of players like Super Liga top setter Ivy Perez and other Filipinos who play the spot. Jerome Ascano  

FOMER South Korea men’s national team head coach Kim Keung Un will conduct a five-day training camp starting on Friday to help improve the performance of Filipino setters.

Setters in the commercial and collegiate leagues are invited to attend the clinics at the Arellano University-LVPI Volleyball Center in Pasay City organized by the Philippine Superliga.

PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara has been impressed by the skills of Filipina setters like Kim Fajardo of F2 Logistics, Acy Masangkay of Petron, Rhea Dimaculangan of Foton, April Hingpit of Cignal and hopes to give them a boost by holding the clinics.

Suzara said the training will not only improve the passing accuracy, form and skills of Filipino setters, but also their ability to read the defense and decision-making under tight situations.

“Our setters have what it takes to become the world’s best,” said Suzara, who is also the chairman of the powerful marketing and development committee of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC).

“That’s why we tried our best to bring Mr. Kim here. We believe in the ability of our setters and we are optimistic that a seminar like this can bring out the best in them.”

The PSL also held a VIS-Data Volley Project Seminar for coaches and team statisticians, Mueller Volleyball Injury Prevention for physical therapists, Referee Refresher Course of referees and TV5 television workshop for coaches and players.

The PSL Press Corps will also organize a sportswriting seminar for aspiring sportswriters.

“We want a holistic approach,” Suzara said. “We’re not just organizing tournaments, but we also want to enhance the knowledge of the people involved, from players to coaches to referees, statisticians and even sportswriters.”

LVPI vice president Peter Cayco lauded the effort of the PSL, saying that a project like this can jumpstart the return of the Philippines back to prominence in the international arena.

“This is a step in the right direction,” he said, speaking on behalf of LVPI president Joey Romasanta. “Our players may not be super tall, but they have a big fighting heart to compete against the world’s best. All they need is to have seminars like this to improve their skills and keep abreast with the trends and techniques in the international arena.” 

Interested applicants may reach Cayco or Rod Roque of the UAAP.

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