The last week has been very busy for IBB Polonia London Volleyball Club; apart from the usual training sessions and a friendly match, the team appeared at an International Building Exhibition. The tempo doesn’t get any slower in the coming week. Between the 3rd and 5th November, the European adventure begins once again.
On the 25th and 26th October a delegation from the current Champions of England in volleyball, were invited to London Build Expo as the guests of their sponsor IBB Builders Merchants. The Exhibition is a regular event in England and is a meeting place for businesses and thousands of visitors and exhibitors. Amongst a whole host of building and construction exhibitors, there were two sports clubs on show. Other than the elite of the Super 8 of English volleyball – IBB Polonia London VC, there was another extra famous club – Arsenal from the Premier League. It was an opportunity for both clubs to promote themselves as well as their associated companies and to showcase the relationship between sport and business. Apart from lengthy discussion about marketing, sponsoring, advertising and investing in shares, volleyball players showed a bit of their sports skills. Representatives from IBB Polonia made many new contacts and are confident that they will be keen to get on board with the recently released aims of The Club.
„We are proud to have been able to take part in this year’s edition of London Build and that we could promote our sport and The Club. It was a great opportunity to share our aims with a wide range of potential investors who were interested in discussing the share options on sale. They were fascinated in hearing about the plans to build the very first professional volleyball club in Great Britain and of volleyball 2.0.” – commented Club President, Bartek Luszcz.
On the 28th October Piotr Graban and the team travelled to Team Essex for a friendly game. The match was won by London team in five sets 2:3 (31:29; 23:25; 25:23; 24:26; 10:15). It was a great opportunity to prepare for the NEVZA Club Championships that the players and coaches are departing for on Thursday 2nd November. Over the weekend of the 3rd to 5th November 2017 the group phase of the competition will take place. The Champions of England will take on the Danish champions Ishoj Volley at 7PM local time on Friday and at 4PM local time on Saturday, 4th November the Champions of Norway – Ballklub Tromso. The matches will be available to view online: details of which will be given on the Facebook page of NEVZA Club Championships or IBB Polonia. The primary goal of the 2017/2018 season is to make it through to the final stage of the NEVZA competition.
The Club event of the NEVZA competition is aimed at the North European countries including Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Great Britain and is open to the Champions of those countries. The matches will be played under the CEV regulations and this year, there are nine men clubs in the event playing, first of all in the group event before the Final Stage. The teams have been divided into three groups of three teams: the four best performing teams will progress to the Finals to be played from 26th to 28th January 2018. The clubs taking part are to be found here.