ParaVolley Malta General Secretary Nello Calleja, has been appointed as General Manager at ParaVolley Europe, the regional confederation which oversees all ParaVolley activities in Europe – covering all volleyball disciplines for persons with disabilities, with the main disciplines being Sitting Volleyball, Beach ParaVolley and Sitting Beach Volley.
During these last months, Nello has been involved in the same confederation as Chair of the Beach Commission, as well as Technical Manager, and has played a fundamental part in the organisation of Sitting Volleyball and Beach ParaVolley competitions throughout Europe during 2021.
This comes following the absence of competitions for a number of months due to Covid-19. All events culminated in the Sitting Volleyball European Championships held in Kemer, Turkey, in October.
The appointment of a General Manager within ParaVolley Europe was needed due to the increase in competitions within the same organisation, and also due to the increase in the interest shown by various European nations to include Sitting Volleyball and Beach ParaVolley as part of their volleyball activities.
Calleja has been involved in Volleyball and Sitting Volleyball since 1992, starting as a player during one of the Volleyball Marathons organised to collect funds for the Dar tal-Providenza, and then occupying various other posts in the coaching and administrative spheres with local clubs and within the Malta Volleyball Association. He was also an International Volleyball Referee for 16 years, whilst between 2011 and 2021, he was also an International ParaVolley Referee.