Beach Team Holland sets high long-term goals
News from the National Federations
Nieuwegein, Netherlands, March 25, 2013. During the press conference held last Friday in The Hague, the players and the coaching staff of Beach Team Holland were presented by discussing also their plans and ambitions for the coming years. On top of that, Volleyball icon Bas van de Goor was presented as tournament director of the Transavia Grand Slam, which will be the first Grand Slam on Dutch ground.
Van de Goor will be the face of the Transavia Grand Slam for media and sponsors. “It is a big honour for me to be involved in a top event of this scale. I hope to be able to use my knowledge and experience to lift the event to higher heights. On top of that, I am pleased that I get the opportunity to draw attention on my own foundation”, stated the former star player.
The Netherlands aim for a structural place in the top 8 of the world ranking, while in Europe the “Oranjes” want to be one of the two best Beach Volleyball nations. The city of The Hague has proven to be a perfect partner to reach those goals, one of the reasons the collaboration with the municipality was recently extended for another four years. The Dutch Volleyball Federation (Nevobo) also offers a professional top sports program in order to reach its goals. For the world championships of this year, the Netherlands have set the goal of having two teams in the top 8 of the final ranking. For the 2015 edition, which will be hosted in the Netherlands, two teams in the top 4 is the goal. Finally the good results should result in participation of no less than four Dutch teams in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“In London our women’s teams ended 9th, that should be better in Rio. Our men’s team is being rejuvenated, Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen and Jon Stiekema/Christiaan Varenhorst are probably the tallest duos in the world, with a lot of potential to reach the international elite. The FIVB titles of “rookie of the year” and “most improved player” awarded to Sophie van Gestel and Christiaan Varenhorst respectively were a great achievement for us”, stated Nevobo Technical Director Bert Goedkoop.
Morph Bowes, former head coach of the English women’s team, is the new head coach of the Dutch ladies. Former player Gijs Ronnes is the successor of Michiel van der Kuip as head coach of the men’s Beach Volleyball team.
Picture: former international star and 1996 Olympic champion Bas van de Goor together with 2012 Beach Volleyball European champions Sanne Keizer (left) and Marleen van Iersel (right)