Warsaw, Poland, June 19, 2014. Ten thousand elementary, middle and high school students cheered on TTKF Czarni KATOWICE as the I Like Volley campaign reached its climax in the Polish city of Katowice.
The match, which saw the local team take on the FC BARCELONA volleyball team at Katowice’s Spodek hall, was the grand finale of the “Lubię Siatkę” (I Like Volley) campaign, which was organized by the city of Katowice in collaboration with the Polish Volleyball Federation. Katowice is a host city of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 and the I Like Volley campaign is one of the key elements in the promotion of this year’s big event.
Students from nearly 60 schools in the Upper Silesian capital were invited to the Spodek hall. For over two years, those schools have participated in various initiatives connected with the I Like Volley campaign. On Wednesday morning, they received special t-shirts with the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 logo.
The young volleyball fans cheered loudly for both teams, creating a fantastic atmosphere, not unlike the one at last Friday’s Poland v Italy World League match. The beginning of the match between TKKF Czarni KATOWICE and FC BARCELONA was very balanced, but the Polish players took control of proceedings, winning by 3:1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-20). The most important feature of the game, however, was undeniably the support from the local children.
World-class entertainment was provided by the Grzegorz Kulaga and Marek Magiera duo, girls from the Galaxy dance team, and in the form of an acrobatic show. It was a history-making event for Katowice, for Polish volleyball and Polish sports. TTKF Czarni KATOWICE was victorious and in front of a very knowledgeable crowd of youngsters.