DSI announced the launch of the 21st DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship at a press conference held at Hotel Nippon, Colombo 02 on the 28th of March 2023. The number one footwear manufacturer in the country has come forward, with the support of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation and the School Volleyball Association of the Ministry of Education, to organize this tournament, which has a significant spot in the history book of Sri Lankan volleyball.
Initiated by DSI in 1999 along with the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation and the Ministry of Education, the purpose of the championship is to provide an opportunity as well as necessary support to rural and urban volleyball players as well as a platform of the national standard for them to show off their skills and further build their careers in both the national and international arena. Having a total of 198 teams participated in the championship from the point of initiation, the Schools Volleyball Championship has contributed to the development of nearly 400 sports personalities. This year, the organizers expect the participation of over 5,000 teams from across the island.
“It is a significant occasion for us at DSI, as 2023 marks the 21st year of the DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship. It is both a pleasure and privilege for DSI to sponsor this much-anticipated annual event, which serves as a platform of recognition for talented young sportsmen and women from schools all across the island. It is also our hope that the DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship will play a crucial role in developing and popularizing Volleyball as the national sport of our country”, stated Mr. Thusitha Rajapaksa, the Managing Director of D. Samson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd.
The tournament will be held at district, provincial, and national levels with the district matches taking place from the 13th and 14th of May and completed before the 20th of June, 2023. The teams that win first and second places will qualify for the provincial level via district level matches.
Provincial matches will be played in July and completed before 13th August 2023. The teams that win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places from the provincial level competitions will qualify for the national level. The national level matches will be played from the 29th to the 31st of August and from the 1st to the 3rd of September 2023. The final matches will be held on the 23rd and 24th of September 2023.
The age categories are under-11 boys and girls, under-13 boys and girls, under-15 boys and girls, under-17 boys and girls, and under-19 boys and girls.