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#Road to Rio coming to Luxembourg

Only a few weeks away from the most anticipated Volleyball competition of the year 2016, the men’s and women’s European Olympic qualification tournaments which are due to take place in early January, this coming Friday, December 11, starting at 1pm CET the home of European Volleyball in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg will be playing host to a special promotional event under the slogan ‘On the #RoadToRio’.

This is a real premiere in many different ways since the state-of-the-art premises where the CEV headquarters are based in Luxembourg City are just about to open their doors for the first time to a number of Volleyball personalities and to host an event which will set the tone for the much anticipated tournaments coming up in early January.

The participants and also those following the event on social media will get to feel the Olympic spirit and the unique aura of the world’s largest sporting event when distinguished members of Europe’s Volleyball family come together on Friday to officially launch the race whereby two teams – one per gender – will eventually secure their participation in the Volleyball competition of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Europe’s contingent for next year’s Olympic Games already includes Serbia’s women’s and Italy’s men’s national teams after these finished as runners-up at the FIVB World Cup held earlier this summer in Japan.

This unique event will be covered extensively also on the CEV social media pages and you will be able to follow it by searching for the hashtag #RoadToRio.

Stay tuned to know more about who is going to take centre stage come Friday…  

Italy & Bulgaria Host Men’s 2018 World Championships

he FIVB is pleased to announce that the 2018 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship will be co-hosted by Italy and Bulgaria.

In keeping with FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F°’s mandate to promote innovation and provide new opportunities, the competition will be co-hosted by two countries for the first time in the history of the event.

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015, hosted by four cities for the first time earlier this year, also announced a new trend to diversify how events are hosted.

Historic moment

Speaking at the announcement at the FIVB Headquarters in Lausanne, Dr Graça said: “This is a landmark moment for the FIVB and international volleyball. It will be the first time co-hosts will organise our signature event the World Championship. We are very impressed by the cooperation between the two countries so far.”

President Graça added: “We are pleased that the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship will take place in two countries with a long tradition of volleyball – the semi-finals and finals taking place in Italy. I am sure Italy and Bulgaria, who have both already organised World Championships, will organise a competition to remember in 2018, in the same year Japan will host the Women’s World Championship.”

Bulgarian Minister for Youth and Sport Krassen Kralev said: “We had a very successful European Championship, but this is an even bigger event – one of the biggest in our sporting history. It’s a big challenge but a great opportunity at the same time.”

CEV President Aleksandar Boričić said: “I am sure we will have a very strong Championship with two strong European host countries. With the collaboration of CEV and the FIVB, this is a great opportunity to organise a momentous event for Volleyball and promote our stars of the sport ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”

FIPAV President Dr Carlo Magri said: “We are very happy to be able to organise the Men’s World Championship in 2018. Once again, the FIVB has decided to recognise the organisational skills of the Italian Volleyball Federation, highlighted by the recent events organised by the federation. To organise World Championships in 2010, 2014 and 2018 in a difficult economic context is proof of the good work done by FIPAV.”

Bulgarian Volleyball Federation President Dancho Lazarov said: “Thank you very much for this opportunity. We organised a very successful European Championship and now working together with the Italians we will organise an even better World Championship.”

19th edition

The 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship will be the 19th edition of the International Volleyball Federation’s top competition for men’s national teams. It will come after the record-breaking FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014, which saw over half a million fans attend the 103 matches in the competition.

Both Italy and Bulgaria have already played hosts to Men’s World Championships. Italy last organised the Men’s World Championship in 2010, when Brazil claimed the title in Rome. Italy also hosted the men’s event in 1978 and organised the highly successful Women’s World Championship in 2014. Bulgaria, on the other hand, hosted both the Men’s and Women’s World Championships in 1970. The East Germans won the men’s competition in Sofia – the USSR were victorious in the women’s competition in Varna.

Eventiser Workshop – Luxembourg

Calling Volleyball Organiser:- The FIVB/CEV Development Centre in Luxembourg will be hosting after the New Year’s Eve the third edition of their ‘Eventizer’ workshop. This will be taking place in conjunction with the annual Novotel Cup, an invitational Volleyball tournament once again at the state-of-the-art premises of d’Coque in Luxembourg City. The workshop and the Novotel Cup will run from January 1 through 3, 2016. more at

Luxembourg seminar success in Rotterdam

19 delegates representing nine European National Federations came together from Friday to Sunday in Rotterdam during the final weekend of the 2015 CEV DELA Volleyball Lux CourseEuropean Championship – Women to participate in a high-performance coaching seminar led by the renowned coach Anton Willert Brams. The seminar focused on actual match preparation for the semi-finals and final

The seminar focused on scouting and the multiple aspects which play a key role in pre-game preparation and post-match performance evaluation.The seminar organised by the FIVB/CEV Development Centre in Luxembourg and supported by both the CEV and the Dutch organising committee of the 2015 women’s EuroVolley was conceived and designed specifically to further grow the quality and consistency of coaching and analysis in European Volleyball. The seminar leader Anton Willert Brams joined USA Volleyball in May 2013 to serve as technical coordinator for the US men’s national Volleyball team. SCD Technical Development Officer Burkhard Disch (DC Luxembourg Director) & Anton Willert Brams opened proceedings by drawing the delegates’ attention to the importance that analysis and interaction have when it comes to professional sport and the necessity to perform at the highest level. This is especially true under circumstances where high-quality data plays a key role. This moved onto an overview of US Volleyball’s organisation, spirit and philosophy, including college Volleyball and the national team. The seminar continued on Saturday with a morning session devoted to the preparation of the two semi-final matches and the role that technology plays in analysis and game preparation. The participants were divided into groups. Each was tasked with analysing one of the semi-finals and presenting their findings supported by data to the Sunday morning session. The final session on Sunday focussed on the video analysis of the two semi-final matches and how that would influence the preparation for the bronze and gold medal matches.<br />“The seminar represents another milestone in our efforts to work and expand the FIVB/CEV Development Centre – Luxembourg’s activity to a professional level. We want to become closer to international organisations. Such a great event like the 2015 CEV DELA Volleyball European Championship – Women represents a unique opportunity to develop our activity and to organise high-performance seminars and educational opportunities. The participants were very motivated and the group spirit around the event was amazing. I would like to thank the #EuroVolleyW organisation team for hosting us in Rotterdam, as well as Anton Willert Brams for the support and the organisation of this seminar,” said Director Disch.

Meyer Leads Volleyball European Olympic Initiative

CEV President André Meyer says: “I am pleased with our extensive cooperation with the EOC and would like to recall that we enthusiastically supported the establishment of the MeyerEuropean Games whose inaugural edition was celebrated last June in Baku where Volleyball and Beach Volleyball contributed to two of the major highlights on the programme. We have also the bi-annual European Youth Olympic Festival

The CEV has become a partner of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) EU Office in Brussels this month. This strategic decision demonstrates the CEV’s strong desire to contribute actively to the European Union’s sport policy. The partnership was announced by EOC President Patrick Hickey and CEV President André Meyer. President Hickey welcomed the new partner enthusiastically: “I am absolutely delighted to have the CEV on board as a partner of the EOC EU Office. Volleyball is one of the most popular team sports worldwide and our relationship with President Meyer and his team is excellent. We really appreciated the outstanding quality of the Volleyball competition at the first European Games in Baku and we are looking forward to working closely with the CEV in the future.” <br />President Meyer added: “The partnership with the EOC EU Office in Brussels represents the next step in our joint efforts to advocate the leading role that sport can play in growing tomorrow’s citizens and in disseminating positive values such as team work, fair play, mutual respect and true friendship across Europe’s youth”

Happy News From Volleyball Wales

President Yvonne Saker has become Mrs Perkins having married Mark this summer.Mark Perkins & Yvonne Saker

Volleyball friends from the London 2012 Olympics’ team, volleyballers from Clubs Hermitage and Cardiff Celts, and NFs of Wales and England joined the families at the nuptials of Mark & Yvonne. President Perkins said:” Mark and I were introduced at the Test 2011 event for the Olympics by English Referee legend Ray Capewell (Mark’s Stepdad), where Mark was commentating and I was Group Admin leader for Beach Volleyball. We worked together at the Olympics and got engaged in Dec 2014. Our Marriage was this August 2015 and spent our honeymoon at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games last month!!!!” There’s dedication for you.

Small Countries set bar high to increase participation and development activity

The very first CEV Small Countries Development Seminar was hosted by the Luxembourg Volleyball Federation on Friday, September 18, in Luxembourg SCD SeminarCity. This initiative follows the meeting that CEV President André Meyer and CEV Senior Vice President Aleksandar Boricic had last summer with the Small Countries Division (SCD) Executive Committee.

Actions and plans to further grow Volleyball and Beach Volleyball in all of the SCD members were discussed under the leadership of SCD President Margaret Ann Fleming and CEV Vice President Jan Hronek, as CEV Executive Committee member responsible for Zonal Associations and the Small Countries Division.

“As a long-time supporter of the SCD, I was delighted that 12 out of 15 SCD members attended today’s meeting,” CEV Vice President Jan Hronek said. “Our discussions pave the way for increasing the levels of both activity and participation among the SCD members in Europe-wide competitions and events.”

The CEV Development Department summarised the current level of activities of SCD member Federations and outlined opportunities for both funding and development activity. In addition, delegates attending were reminded of the CEV’s Development Plan ‘2020 Vision’ and encouraged to revisit their own plans ensuring they are both current and cover Volleyball and Beach Volleyball.

A number of projects were presented and the relevant application process was explained in order to make delegates familiar with procedures and goals of actions that can only be instrumental to the development of the sport across Europe and more specifically within their own countries.

The Technical Director of the Royal Spanish Volleyball Federation (RFEVB), Mr Luis Muchaga, on behalf of RFEVB President Agustin Martin Santos, gave an insightful presentation on the facilities of the World Technical Beach Volleyball Centre which was opened in 2014 in Lorca and which is on track to become a Beach Volleyball hub within the European network of Development Centres.

“We look forward to SCD member Federations using the first-class facilities of our World Technical Beach Volleyball Centre in Lorca to better prepare their athletes as they strive for further participation in international competitions, something which would help inspire the next generation of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball players in their respective countries,” Mr Martin Santos said.

“I am delighted that so many members of the SCD Volleyball family attended this seminar and agree and support our vision to increase participation in international activities,” SCD President Margaret Ann Fleming commented. “We laid the foundations for stimulating mass participation with a focus on the 8-14 age group, which it is hoped eventually will produce the stars of tomorrow.”

Such plans can only be pursued alongside their promotion across all media including social networks where the SCD have been working for a number of years already, sharing news and information with a focus on the young generations where tomorrow’s stars are likely to be born. The SCD have invested in the production of a new, modern website to reflect their vision and needs.

Cyprus Boys lose out to Finland

It was going to happen one day. The winning streak of Georgios Chrysostomou and Pantelis Christidis (pictured) came today to an end, but not without a fight. The home crowd favourites finished the 2015 CEV U20 Beach Volleyball European Championship in 10th place, after losing their second round match against the Finns Santeri Siren and Miro Määttänen in three sets (15-21, 21-15, 15-17). This was one of the best performances by any Cypriot team in the history of Beach Volleyball.

Chrysostomou and Christidis came into this match undefeated, finishing in first place of Pool A. Having lost the first set 21-15, the Cypriot players came back with a vengeance in the second set winning it by the same margin. The deciding set was very close and exciting at the same time. Siren and Määttänen proved in the end too strong for their opponents eventually winning by 17-15.

According to the coach of the Finnish team, Eddy Quiñones, ‘sisu’ which in Finnish means brave heart was the difference between the two teams. The Cuban-born coach added: “The strongest and more experienced team prevailed in the end. Our boys followed my orders to the full. Qualifying into the last eight is another huge success for Finnish Beach Volleyball, after finishing fourth at the Youth Olympic Games last year in Nanjing.”

You can follow the competition also on social media with the official hashtag #EuroBeachVolleyU20

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