A tree with deep roots does not shake easily in the wind. Dream trees who love volleyball are sweating heavily on the spring court, dreaming of becoming the ‘second best player’, ‘Kwak Seung-seok’.
At Gyeyang Gymnasium in Incheon, where I recently visited, promising volleyball players were hitting the ball vigorously.
Korean Air, which succeeded in winning three consecutive victories in the V-League in the 2022-23 season, has been operating the Korean Air Jumbos Youth Volleyball Club since August of last year after the Corona 19 incident.
Every Saturday, 4 classes are held here: 3rd to 4th grade, 5th to 6th grade, and middle school male and female classes. Considering ‘quality over quantity’, the club maintains a quota of 16 per Little Jumbos class.
In order for the participating students to feel interest in the class, the lower grade classes in elementary school focus on fun and play, while the upper grade classes learn the basics of volleyball and advanced skills.
Little Jumbos is overseen by Shin Young-soo, a former Korean Air player. In addition, coach Kim Hyung-woo (Taereung Middle School) and coach Lee Sang-rae (Inha University) are directly instructing young students.
Just as it is fundamentally necessary to be strong from the root in order to bear fruit and obtain good results, the purpose of the youth volleyball club is to help young people who are just starting out in volleyball grow well with more interest.
It was impressive to see the students who gathered at the youth volleyball club because they love volleyball, paying attention to the instructors’ stories with sparkling eyes throughout the class. Smiles appeared on the faces of the young friends who fired a nice spike.
Bang Min-gun (15), who is learning volleyball at a youth volleyball club, laughed and said, “It is so much fun to play games while talking with my friends.” 크크크벳
Bang Min-gun, who introduced that he visited Korean Air’s home stadium for the 2022-23 season with a friend, said, “I was very curious about volleyball, but it was good to see the game in person. Through teaching at the youth club, I am better at receiving and hitting the ball. I have a great desire,” he said.
Coach Lee Sang-rae, who guides the students, was also surprised by the unexpected enthusiasm. Every time the children’s eyes sparkled and they tried to learn even one more, they naturally smiled.
“I didn’t know volleyball was so popular,” said Coach Lee.
Coach Lee encourages young volleyball players to enjoy without injury. “I still have a lot of friends who play for fun, but the most important thing is the basics,” he said with a smile.
Expectations are high on what kind of fruit the youth volleyball club can bear by becoming a small grain of wheat in expanding the base of volleyball in Korea.