It's all over


17th September 2015

A fantastic weekend of top volleyball is now all over. Many fans have already communicated on social media how “sad” they feel and how they already “miss” the atmosphere. 

We received compliments from all of the teams, the President of the European Volleyball Association CEV Mr. André Meyer, and the Polish Consul General Mrs. Ilona Węgłowska-Hajnus. Our own Chief Executive Lisa Wainwright and Volleyball England President, Geoff Allen, were highly complementary of all the staff and volunteers organising the London Legacy Volleyball Cup. 

RC Cannes and VfB Friedrichshafen won the trophies; they needed strong players to carry the 10kg bronze sculptures of WWII Spitfire planes. The trophies were donated by the Polish Embassy in London and the Polish Ex-Combatants Associations in Great Britain, in remembrance of the Battle of Britain and the support of the Polish Pilots 75 years ago. Follow #BoBPoles if you want to know more about this remembrance.  

Considering all teams are still in pre-season preparation, we saw a very high standard of volleyball and the coaches were delighted to be able to measure their teams so early in the season against equal or stronger opponents.  David Goodchild, coach of Team Northumbria said, “The standard of play made me happy, as I can see that the lines we are setting out in our pre-season programme are coming together.” Mariusz Wlazly from PGE Skra Belchatów said in an interview, “In spite of losing the final against VfB Friedrichshafen, we feel confident for the new season. We still have some injured players that need to recover, and once they are fully fit, we think we can be contenders in both the Polish and European competitions. Mariusz, MVP of the 2014 World Championships, continued to compliment the organisers and said he really enjoyed London and to see so many Polish fans outside his home country. He thanked them and all others for coming this weekend to the Copper Box Arena and make it such a nice tournament to play in. 

Perhaps the best compliment came from the Polonia Sideout coach Mark Kontopoulos, who was asked how he liked this London tournament, “I felt a tourist in my own town, although I live relatively nearby, I felt treated like a star, great hotel, great transport, we even did some sightseeing. Yes, you can ask me to do this every week!”  

Sponsors like Azimo, Poland Tourist Office, UEL, Mizuno and Embassy of the Republic of Poland were very pleased with the level of exposure and support. Obviously we couldn’t have done it without their help and the help of many of the other sponsors, advertisers, suppliers and partners. They deserve a big Thank YOU! 

They were called Games Makers during the Olympics, and last weekend our volunteers did make the event as well. They worked so hard, so dedicated and the teamwork was incredible. One of the organisers said, “If we needed to do this again tomorrow, I would chose you all again, without thinking!” You made us smile, you were our stars amongst the stars. Thank you on behalf of the London Legacy Volleyball Cup.