Hungarian youngsters enjoy Volleyball experience at CEV Summer Festival
News from the National Federations
Budapest, Hungary, September 29, 2016. The Hungarian Volleyball Federation hosted this past September 16-18 a CEV Youth Summer Festival, on the same weekend the city of Érd played host to a second-round qualifier to the 2017 CEV Volleyball European Championship – Women. As many as seven courts were set up right next to the arena where EuroVolley matches were being played, and the competition was open to U18 players and any other youngster willing to take on the challenge.
As a result of the weather forecasts for the weekend, U16 players performed on two courts on Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, and they did so by joining the so-called Big Choice of Sport, an annual open-air festival which has been held in Budapest for 19 years now and where as many as 100 sports are on offer for young people to try and test their skills.
This event was joined by some 300 participants (U12, U14 and U16), young boys and girls who had a great time while playing Volleyball. Most of the teams were mixed and players from different ages did also perform together. 18 players and two coaches from the clubs Ujpesti TE and Kispest SE used some of their time to work with the real beginners, those who had never played the game before. The Big Choice of Sport festival featured many Olympic medallists and a former Volleyball star, Krisztina Fekete, who played as many as 201 matches with the national team of Hungary and is also a CEV Volleyball Cup winner.
Heavy rain resulted in the number of participants dropping on Saturday, September 17 even though on that day the event was visited by Hungary’s sports superstar, three-time Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Katinka Hosszu.
The CEV Youth Summer Festival continued on Sunday, September 18 in Érd with participation of seven teams, five from Budapest and another two from Budakeszi. The Secretary General of the Hungarian Volleyball Federation, Mr Zsolt Ludvig, paid a visit to the event – as did many current and former players of the national team who had travelled to the city to follow the EuroVolley ‘big match’ between hosts Hungary and Poland. The matches were played on three courts according to the format 4-a-side, with the resting teams and some passers-by testing their skills on the three remaining courts available. Each match was played in a ‘best of three’ format, with the first and second sets up to 25 points – and an eventual tie-break up to 15 points.
The eventual medallists were:
1. Parkour BUDAPEST
2. Dream Team BUDAPEST
3. Csak csajok BUDAKESZI
As many as 60 balls provided by the CEV were distributed to the participants over the weekend. The Hungarian Volleyball Federation are pleased with the outcome of the festival and hope to repeat the experience next year as well and would like to thank the CEV for the cooperation and the assistance provided in the delivery of the event.