Kids in Switzerland discover the joy of snow volleyball
About 25 kids, aged between 10 and 13, joined the crew on this gorgeous Friday afternoon, and for them it was love at first sight with snow volleyball.
The instructors from the promoting company Chaka2 showed the children some of the ins and outs of the winter discipline and taught them how to handle the ball. The kids not only got to try snow volleyball on centre court, but did so in the company of the reigning “King of the Snow,” Michal Matyja, and his partner for this weekend’s tournament Maciej Klimas, who had just arrived from Poland. The two professional players also put on a fun training session in the company of the cheerful young hopefuls.
“I think this event gives the kids a lot,” said their teacher Geon Tenner. “On one hand, it is very special for them to play on snow; on the other, they get to play with some of the best snow volleyball athletes. They are definitely having fun; I can see it on their faces.”
Jannick Najen, a 13-year-old from Disentis, was fascinated: “It was awesome! We laughed a lot. I really like volleyball because you can play together with friends. It’s teamwork. That's really nice. I like strategy games. I always saw people playing on the sand, but snow – that's something new! I would be happy to play again in the future.”
“I am not a sporty person, but it was fun,” added 12-year-old Alexia from Romania, who recently moved to Disentis with her family. “Snow volleyball is cool. It's awesome, something out of the ordinary! I like the fact that you can play on the snow and play a sport at the same time. I think in the future I will play it with my father.”
At the end of the memorable day, all participants were rewarded for their efforts on the snow courts – first with a tasty snack under the sun and then with special Snow Volleyball Certificates to keep.
“I think today was very awesome! It was a lot of fun!” said Gelo, a 12-year-old who was born in the Philippines but who has spent most of her life on the Alpine slopes in Disentis. “Now I like snow volleyball more than before!”