Sitting volleyball programmes will be introduced in selected schools to grow the sport in Kenya ©Rwanda ParaVolley

Kenya Para-Volley Federation (KPVF) President Polycarp Mboya has revealed the country will roll out sitting volleyball programmes in schools during 2017.

Mboya, the former national sitting volleyball team captain, confirmed the move as the KPVF look to develop the sport and find young talent.

He claimed the programmes would be introduced in schools which provide education to children with various disabilities.

"Pupils living with disabilities who learn in the country; special schools will be trained in the sport in a move aimed at developing the game among the junior ranks," Mboya told the Chinese news agency Xinhua.

"There are no adequate structures in Kenya to help in identifying young talent.

"We will put in place a junior national team from among school-going children."

Rwanada and Egypt represented Africa in sitting volleyball at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images
Rwanada and Egypt represented Africa in sitting volleyball at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

It is hoped by introducing the programme, the KPVF will be able to nuture talent in their formative years, while boost identification for future national teams.

Mboya claimed more regular tournaments are required to continue to develop players for the national team, having acknowledged the country are lagging behind their rivals.

Kenya missed out on competing at this year's Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after both their men’s and women’s teams failed to win the 2015 ParaVolley Africa Sitting Volleyball Championships.

Their women’s team finished as bronze medallists at the event and the men ended their tournament in fourth place.

Egypt and Rwanda claimed the men’s and women’s titles respectively at the Championships, which took place in Rwanda’s capital city Kigali.

Both teams advanced to Rio 2016 as a result.