Organizers of future events all committed to deliver great shows
News from the CEV
Copenhagen, Denmark, September 28, 2013. The XXXIV CEV General Assembly continued with the organizers of future Championships reporting on the state of their preparations. They all showed great commitment and the ambition to set up real Volleyball and Beach Volleyball festivals for the good of the sport, starting from the various age groups up to the major events coming up in 2015 in Bulgaria/Italy and Netherlands/Belgium for men and women respectively.
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2014 U19 Women’s European Championship
The cities of Tampere (FIN) and Tartu (EST) will be hosting the final round of this competition. Tampere is the real Volleyball capital of Finland and has been playing host to a series of events including World League matches. The final stage of the competition will take place in Tartu, the second largest city in Estonia, well-known for its cozy atmosphere and the many students staying there to attend the local university. The teams traveling from Tampere to Tartu for the semis, finals and classification matches 5-8 will board a charter flight.
2014 U20 Men’s European Championship
Twenty years after the partition of the former Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia will join their forces to host the U20 European Champs in Brno and Nitra. Brno is a familiar venue for the Volleyball family for it has hosted many international events in recent times, including the Women’s U20 Worlds this past summer. The organizers will be launching a common website by January 1, 2014 and will exploit social media in order to extensively promote the competition among the young generations.
2014 European Beach Volleyball Championship – Final
The “eternal” city will finally host also the European Championship Final after playing host to the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships as well as to three Grand Slam tournaments. The venue – Foro Italico – is unique for its charm and will be set up so as to provide fans and players alike with a great experience. Friendly matches starring the national teams of Italy and Poland will take place in conjunction with the Championship so as to promote the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championships taking place next year in these countries.
2015 CEV Girls' U18 and Boys' U19 Volleyball European Championships
Turkey – and namely the city of Ankara – will once more host an international competition, namely the 2015 Boys’ European Champs that will be extensively promoted on Facebook, Twitter, as well as during matches of the national league. Bulgaria will welcome the girls’ competition with the aim to bring international Volleyball to “new” venues by exploiting the know-how from previous events held primarily in Sofia and Varna. The tournament scheduled for late March-early April 2015 will take place in Plovdiv and Varna, whose arena will be renovated. This event will be a good test for the Men’s European Championship that are scheduled for that same year in Bulgaria and will be co-hosted together with Italy.
2015 Women’s European Championship
The event will be co-hosted by the Netherlands and Belgium with pool play in Apeldoorn, Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Almere; Antwerp and Rotterdam will host the Playoffs and 1/4 finals while the final stage of the Championship is set to take place at Ahoy in Rotterdam. The competition will get started on September 25 and come to a close on October 4, 2015. The budget is finalized and approved and the Championship will be supported by the Ministry of Sport. 2015 will be the year of Volleyball in the Netherlands for this country will host also the Beach Volleyball World Champs in late June 2015. The goal is to bring Volleyball back to schools and attract more children to the sport thereby integrating Volleyball and Beach Volleyball.
2015 Men’s European Championship
Bulgaria and Italy will co-host the major Volleyball event of the year 2015. Sofia and Varna (BUL) plus Catania and Messina (ITA) will welcome the 2015 edition of the Men’s EuroVolley with very excellent facilities available for the competition in these countries. The intention is to bring people to Italy and Bulgaria not only for a major Volleyball showdown but also so that they will be visiting these countries having a good time there. Taking pros from their experience in hosting major events, Italy and Bulgaria promise they will set up a great Volleyball festival come October 2015. The final matches will take place at Armeec Arena in Sofia, a splendid arena that already hosted the World League finals this past year.
2014 Worlds in Europe
To complete this session, Mr. Miroslaw Przedpelski and Mr. Renato Arena addressed a few words to the audience thereby inviting the delegates and their respective Volleyball fans to find their way to Poland and Italy for next year’s World Championships. “This is a huge opportunity to bring Volleyball to the heart of Europe and to make our sport more and more popular” said the President of the Polish Volleyball Federation. An innovative marketing concept is being developed for the next edition of the World Championships so as to improve on their exposure and marketability.