EBVC work on further growth of Beach Volleyball at their annual plenary meetingThe European Beach Volleyball Commission (EBVC) had their annual plenary meeting on Tuesday at the home of European Volleyball in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, thus setting the tone for the Beach Volleyball ‘outdoor’ season that will be reaching its climax with the 2018 edition of the European Championship taking place across as many as four cities in the Netherlands.
The meeting was an opportunity to review the highly successful 2018 Snow Volleyball season as well, whose highlight came in late March when the ‘birthplace’ of this sport, Wagrain-Kleinarl, hosted the first ever European Championship. The inaugural #EuroSnowVolley was a truly memorable event, which reached a global audience through TV partnerships and social media and – at the same time – received positive and enthusiastic reviews from players, fans and media alike.
The EBVC members expressed their satisfaction with the close cooperation that the FIVB and CEV have established while joining efforts to grow Beach and Snow Volleyball in many ways. This applies to the historic Snow Volleyball exhibition match held at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in Korea back in February, to the European Snow Volleyball Championship held in Austria as well as to the integration of CEV Beach Volleyball events in the structure of the FIVB World Tour.
The EBVC members worked in smaller groups to assess how this strategic decision will have an impact on the organisation and delivery of Beach Volleyball events in Europe – while they also designed a first concept of the competition scheme for the third edition of the CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup. This will provide all National Federations with an additional opportunity – next to the World Tour – to qualify teams for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The previous editions of the CEV Continental Cup witnessed a record-breaking participation in the Olympic qualification process and the EBVC members expect the 2019-2020 edition of the event to be the continuation of that same positive trend.
Moreover, the EBVC discussed a number of development projects likely to grow the game at the grassroots level – such as the organisation of Summer Festivals and the third edition of a coaching workshop due to take place later this summer.
Starting from a review and analysis of the goals initially set with the 2017-2020 EBVC ‘Road Map’, the Commission worked on a series of proposals – with the CEV Board of Administration set to review these at their first plenary meeting of the year 2018, which is due to take place in Kazan (Russia) on May 12.