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Modern beach volleyball center sees the light in Spain

The newly-built beach volleyball centre in Lorca, Spain

Lorca, Spain, July 31, 2014 - Spanish volleyball had a joyous moment on Wednesday with the ceremony of signing the agreement for the launch of a state-of-the-art Beach Volleyball Technical Centre built in the south eastern city of Lorca.

The event held in Lorca’s City Hall marked the official launch of the facilities that will become one of the best beach volleyball centres in Europe.

Mayor of Lorca, Francisco Jodar, and the president of the Royal Spanish Volleyball Federation (RFEVB), Agustin Martin Santos chaired the agreement signing for the management and maintenance of the centre.

"This is a historic day for Spanish and European volleyball,” Martin Santos said. “With the support of the City Council and the Sports Council of Spain, this ambitious project is now a reality."

"I am confident that this centre will put Spain at the forefront of European beach volleyball, as this complex in Lorca will present the best facilities of its kind in Europe and the second best in the world,” Martin Santos added. “We are very pleased with this. This is surprising news for us that in difficult times like theres, we were able to make this project happen.”

In his speech, Mayor Jodar explained that the agreement aims to regulate the relations between the City Hall and the Spanish federation for a temporary assignment of 25 years to manage the various facilities of the beach volleyball centre, which will be completely run by the national federation.

RFEVB will exploit the modern complex by organising national and international competitions, holding stages of preparation and any activities aimed at promoting and developing the sport, at local, regional, national and international levels.  In fact, it is foreseen that Lorca will hold the programs of the national teams of volleyball and beach volleyball in Spain.

The centre has an area of 8,358 square metres and has received an investment of three million Euros, a contribution that will be increased up to four million in 2014.

The complex highlights four outdoor beach volleyball courts, two indoor beach volleyball courts, a sports hall for volleyball and beach volleyball, residence for athletes, gym, kitchen, dining hall, library and parking zone.

At the moment, the first phase of the project has been completed, with a capacity for 60 people, expandable to 80 beds. The activities in the centre will officially start in 2015, but in December 2014 the first big event will take place in Lorca with the celebration of a national congress.

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