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
"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
"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
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.