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Volley Beyond Borders: Building Bridges Around Refugee Camps

Volley Beyond Borders, one of Let's Keep The Ball Flying's flagship projects, is an extraordinary initiative that aims to bring the joy of volleyball to refugee communities worldwide. In the face of adversity and displacement, we believe in the power of sports to transcend boundaries and foster unity among individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Volley Beyond Borders Head Coach Marloes Lugtenberg

This article delves into the heart of Volley Beyond Borders, highlighting its mission, impact, and the inspiring stories that have emerged from this transformational project.


The mission of Volley Beyond Borders is clear: to create vibrant volleyball communities around refugee camps. We strive to provide a glimmer of hope and a sense of belonging to those forced to leave their homes due to conflict and persecution. Through volleyball, we seek to uplift spirits, nurture resilience, and instil a sense of camaraderie among the displaced.

Volley Beyond Borders Ali and Marloes in Lesbos


The impact of Volley Beyond Borders goes far beyond the game itself. By establishing volleyball courts and providing equipment within refugee camps, we create safe spaces for individuals to come together, share experiences, and build lasting friendships. The sport becomes a bridge that unites people from different cultures, languages, and backgrounds, breaking down barriers and fostering a sense of community.

  • Bridging Gaps Around Refugee Camps Refugee camps can be places of struggle and uncertainty, but through the Volley Beyond Borders project, they become spaces of unity and hope. LKTBF works closely with partner organizations to create vibrant volleyball communities in these camps, bringing people together and fostering a sense of belonging.

  • Breaking Cultural Barriers Volleyball acts as a common language that bridges cultural differences. In diverse communities, the sport becomes a means to connect people from various backgrounds, transcending language and cultural barriers.

  • A Catalyst for Positive Change Through volleyball training and matches, we witness a transformation in the participants' lives. Not only does physical activity promote health and well-being, but it also serves as a powerful tool for emotional healing and empowerment. Volley Beyond Borders becomes a catalyst for positive change, helping individuals rediscover their strength, joy, and sense of purpose.

Inspiring Stories:

One of the most inspiring stories to emerge from Volley Beyond Borders is that of Ehsan & Sheida, a former refugee couple forced to leave their home due to conflict,

Ehsan and Sheida for Volley Beyond Borders in Lesbos

As Ehsan and Sheida's story unfolds, it becomes clear that their journey goes beyond the confines of the volleyball court where they discovered a profound connection that transcended cultural, linguistic, and geographical barriers.

United by their shared love for the game and their unwavering hope for a better future, they became each other's support system. Through their perseverance and unity, their story serves as a testament to the transformative power of sports, paving the way for hope and empowerment in the most challenging circumstances.

Ehsan and Sheida in burned camp Moria for Volley Beyond Borders

As we eagerly await the upcoming launch of their documentary, we invite you to embark on this emotional and inspiring journey with Ehsan and Sheida. Theirs is a tale of the human spirit, of overcoming adversity, and finding strength in unity.

Today, they dream of representing our sport around refugee communities all over the world, proving that the power of volleyball can ignite hope and dreams even in the darkest of times.


Volley Beyond Borders is not just about playing volleyball; it is about building bridges of hope and understanding among refugee communities worldwide. Through this project, we demonstrate the true potential of sports to empower individuals and foster a sense of unity beyond borders.

As we continue this journey, we invite you to support the project and be part of our global volleyball movement!

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