With 140 years of existence and a decade of Volleyball experience, namely with their girls’ youth team, the private educational institution, ranked first in high school education, now bets on an ambitious and innovative sports program, which could set the example for others to follow. The results are already showing that this was the right decision.
João Trigo who is Rosário Volley’s President and Nossa Senhora do Rosário’s Director, is looking at this challenge with optimism. Both in studies and in sports, Rosário wants to be the best, giving much importance to sports in the balanced education of all youngsters, with the goal to achieve good results in team sports.
“Our perspective is to fully educate our students, considering that sport is as much important as other factors: the artistic dimension, aesthetic sense, the values, spiritual side of life, along with the more academic components such as knowledge and scholar results. We consider sports very important to a balanced growth and education of our youngsters” Trigo says. “We have made a huge bet in women’s Volleyball as it seemed to us very important to have a sport that could become a model for everything else, and that stands up and obtains results, generating enthusiasm and interest, thus deepening the sports culture in the academic community. Similarly to other countries, which already have sport programs, we are providing scholarships for those who obtain a performance above average, in order to come here and play for Rosário”.
Miguel Maia is the Rosário’s Volley Sports Manager. The Portuguese athlete, who represented Portugal at three consecutive Olympic Games, embraced the project without hesitation that he considers to be a model to adopt also by other institutions. “My career as a player is long and it’s now close to the end, so I need to program my future in the sport that I’ve chosen and love. With this in mind, I took the opportunity to be involved in this ambitious project, started by a leading educational institution in our country. The idea of this program is somehow out of the box for Portugal, being very ambitious, sustainable and with a great future ahead” Maia says.
“Training is going well, as the team has been overcoming all obstacles, experiencing some difficulties along the way, but we are reaching our goals” says Renata Oliveira, the 16-year old captain of the U17 team. “The Regional Championship title came as a reward for our hard work. Above all we’ve become united and prepared to face adversities”.
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