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CEV President reviews year of success for Europe’s Volleyball family

CEV President André Meyer reviewing the highlights of a busy, yet memorable and successful year for European Volleyball at the CEV XXXV General Assembly in Antalya, Turkey
Antalya, Turkey, October 24, 2014 - After delivering an emotional opening speech to the 48 national federations in attendance at the XXXV CEV General Assembly in Antalya, CEV President André Meyer recapped facts and figures of the last 12 months with an activity report that testified the many accomplishments of Europe’s Volleyball family over the last year.

“Almost 13 months have passed since last year’s General Assembly in Copenhagen. It has been busy months for our Volleyball family but once again with much to be proud of. Our plans and actions have been bearing more fruits and at the same time we have embarked on other actions and plans whereby we are confident we can continue to pursue our mission to attract more and more people to our sport,” Mr Meyer said.

The CEV Volleyball Champions League – since last year sponsored by DenizBank – remains by far the world’s most prestigious club competition. 52 teams – 28 men’s and 24 women’s – got the chance to compete for the crown in the 2014 edition which broke all previous records in terms of spectators attendance. However, the most impressive figures relate to the prize money – more than 2 million € - distributed at the end of the season.

A total of 45 Beach Volleyball events were organised this year by CEV, a terrific increase as Europe “only” had 14 two years ago. Investments are being made to grow the sport at all levels, especially at the grass-roots exploiting the opportunities disclosed by the CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup and the qualification process leading to the 2016 Olympics in Rio. More and more federations are getting involved with a focus on the age groups where tomorrow’s stars of this sport can be scouted and grown.

After reviewing the latest highlights, the CEV President looked already ahead pencilling actions and plans that will help continue that terrific success story: “Though as you have seen there is much to be proud of, we never stop our actions and are preparing plans that should help us accelerate the overall growth and development of our sport in Europe. We try to raise the profile and image of our sport to the next level by organising high-fly events such as the European Volleyball Gala that this year was held at the Hofburg, the former imperial residence of the Habsburg family in Vienna, where we also unveiled the innovative MVA200CEV volleyball designed in cooperation with our partner Mikasa.”

“We also implement technological tools that support the work of our referees and coaches and, at the same time, help us shape a more modern, innovative image of our sport. These will all be in place in the upcoming 2015 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League before their use is extended to all other major competitions.”

The CEV President announced also a few actions that will re-shape the CEV communication activities and interaction with fans and media alike: “We are exploring different ways of presenting our sport, and this General Assembly will mark the launch of our social media accounts. We will open a new era in our communication strategy spreading our message and information on our sport and its stars to as many people as possible, with a focus on the young generations. The use of social media is just the start point of a “nouvelle vague” which also includes the production of a mobile app whereby all Volleyball and Beach Volleyball fans will be able to follow results, news, and updates on their favourite sport by using their smartphones and tablets.”

The CEV President drew the audience’s attention to the next major events coming up in 2015 and 2016, with a focus on the inaugural European Games in Baku as well as on the qualification process for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro which has already started, at least as far as Beach Volleyball is concerned.

“As you have seen, there has been much to report on but you are actually those who have provided much of the content for this presentation by hosting a number of our events and welcoming our stars of today and tomorrow with open arms any time they wore the shirt of their national team or club on a Volleyball court or on the sand,” the CEV President said. “One of the key words we will touch upon during this Congress is participation. The facts and figures I have shared epitomise your involvement in our activities as well as the enthusiasm you have been showing while supporting our efforts for a long-term and sustainable growth of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. With this in mind, and knowing that in union there is strength, I would like to thank you all for your active contribution. Our successful team beats with one heart!” he concluded.


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