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CEV President praises work done by Volleyball Denmark during visit to Copenhagen
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Brøndby, Denmark, October 25, 2016. On Tuesday CEV President Aleksandar Boričić and CEV Senior Vice President Renato Arena paid a visit to Volleyball Denmark and had a series of high-profile meetings to discuss about future cooperation and plans to further grow the game in the Scandinavian country.   

The CEV President and Senior Vice President joined a tour of the Danish House of Sports before meeting with the President of Denmark’s National Olympic Committee, Mr Niels Nygaard and Ms Lone Hansen, CEO of Team Denmark – the National Elite Sports Organisation responsible for the management of the support provided to Danish national teams. The CEV’s highest-ranking officials also had a look at the state-of-the-art training facilities available for Denmark’s national teams.
“We started the day with a meeting with the National Olympic Committee and we are very satisfied with the respect the Danish Volleyball Federation have in their country. They have developed a good cooperation with their government and Olympic Committee,” the CEV President said.
“In general, Denmark is ready to make the next step in the European Volleyball family and make it to the top,” Mr Boričić continued. The CEV President stressed that Denmark’s participation in the CEV Volleyball European League is a good opportunity for the country’s national team to keep developing. “After this, the World League must be the next target, and this is something which is within Denmark’s reach,” he said.  
2018 can be a special year in Denmark

The CEV President and a delegation from Volleyball Denmark also discussed the expansion of the ‘senior’ European Championships from 16 to 24 teams.
“We increase the number of participants by eight teams, so the 2019 European Championship will feature as many as 24 teams. Denmark must be among these 24 teams,” Mr Boričić said. “Therefore, 2018 could be a special year for Denmark,” he added.
“Denmark are in a good position. They invest in their future and participate in all of our age-group competitions. It means that Denmark have a good chance of making it through the various stages of the qualification process and with the positive energy resulting from that they can qualify for the Final Round of future European Championships.”
School project in the spotlight

The delegation discussed the future cooperation between the CEV and Volleyball Denmark and identified some key goals: “We would like to cooperate right from the grassroots, starting with school projects. Denmark have a very good project for kids. We would like all European Federations to find ways to work with children and we are ready to support project involving kids,” the CEV President continued.
“We need the National Federations to be as strong as possible and want to help each other. With school projects we bring more children and teachers closer to Volleyball, and then the future for sure looks brighter than today. Finally, we would like Denmark to organise major Volleyball events because this is important in order to promote Volleyball across the whole country,” he concluded.  

Picture (from left to right):
DIF Public Affairs consultant Mikkel Larsen, CEV Senior Vice President Renato Arena, Team Denmark CEO Lone Hansen, President of Denmark’s National Olympic Committee Niels Nygaard, CEV President Aleksandar Boričić, Vice President of Volleyball Denmark Jørgen Bentzen, Volleyball Denmark Board member Thomas Bro-Rasmussen; (standing in the second row) Volleyball Denmark CEO Mikael Trolle. 

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