VOLLEYBALL ENGLAND’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE VISITS TOP POLISH EVENT
Volleyball England Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Wainwright has recently returned from the final of the Polish League Volleyball Cup, where she saw PGE Skra Belchatow edge out ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle after a close five-set encounter.
Held at the packed out Hala Orbita in Wroclaw, the 3,000-strong crowd created an incredible atmosphere, as the teams battled it out for victory.
“We were really impressed with the size and scale of the event,” said Lisa. “Not only the high level of Volleyball which was being played, but also the Polish audience. Their enthusiasm and support was a wonderful thing.”
Volleyball England, through IBB Polonia London one of the top clubs in England, has excellent links with PGE Skra after both teams competed in the inaugural London Legacy Cup in 2015.
“We are always looking for inspiration and best practice from our volleyball peers so we were delighted to be invited to Wroclaw to see the top Polish teams play, to see how we can learn from them in order to further promote volleyball in this country.
“It was fantastic to see whole families in the crowds, supporting their teams and the volunteers.”
While volleyball in Poland is considered a national sport, and indeed is one of the highest participation sports in the world, in England it is still considered a minor sport and unable to compete with the football, rugby and cricket powerhouses, especially in the mainstream media.
“We do have challenges when it comes to media coverage for example,” added Lisa. “We had fantastic success during London 2012 but we hope to replicate the atmosphere of the Olympics and the Polish cup, in the future.
“Our goal is to bring more fantastic events to England. We will be looking for bigger, better venues for our events to accommodate more spectators and create the same excitement as we’ve seen this weekend, to showcase our sport.”