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Katowice drums up support for volleyball ahead of this year's men's World Championship


Katowice, Poland, April 29, 2014 - The city of Katowice has been hard at work promoting the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014. Katowice, which will host the final phase of the tournament, held yet another event to promote this year’s men’s World Championship event.

This time young volleyball fans had the opportunity to watch a match between women’s teams, Sokó? ’43 AZS AWF Katowice (second league team) and Austrian team ATSE Graz, coached by Polish born Jerzy Pawlus. The match ended with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-7, 25-19) victory for the local team. Sokó?’s players proved ready to fight for the win, although the Austrian side, which has three Croatian players also showed a good game.

School children from Katowice were also present in the stands. It was yet another event to help explain the rules of the game and to show why volleyball is rightly regarded as one of the most difficult team sports. The matches were also an excellent way to teach the children about the need for long and rigorous training as well as the sacrifices expected of the players.

The school children were also given the opportunity to watch a previous match between men’s teams Effektor Kielce and Zaksa K?dzierzyn-Ko?le. The next event is scheduled to take place on June 18. The coordinator of the ‘Lubi? Siatk?’ (“I Like Volley”) initiative and TVP Katowice sportscaster, Robert Walczak have a surprise in store for 10,000 school children from Katowice inside the Spodek hall.

Monday’s event was attended by representatives of the city of Katowice including Ms. Ewelina Kajzerek (Delegate to the President of Katowice for Strategic Events Planning), Mr. S?awomir Witek (Head of the Sports and Tourism Department)  as well as the ambassador of the ‘Lubi? Siatk?’ initiative, a former national team player – Marcin Prus.

As Prus said, “You can raise interest in volleyball in anyone – a child in kindergarten and a high schooler – you just need to know how to talk to them”. He proves it every day, visiting students in schools of Katowice.

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