Netherlands Will Host Massive Volleyball Festival in 2018

  8 Braden Keith | December 08th, 2016 | Beach, European volleyball, International Volleyball, News, Pro, Pro Beach

For a weekend in July of 2018, The Hague, Netherlands will be the center of the volleyball world, as they host three massive volleyball events in one central location.

From July 13th-22nd, the Netherlands will host the European Championships of Beach Volleyball, the Sitting Volleyball World Cup, and the U20 European Volleyball Championships at various sites around the country.

Then, on the final weekend, the championship rounds of all three will meet at a single, central location at the Sportcampus Zuiderpark in The Hague. The federation has termed the event Volley2018, and the tournament will be directed by the legendary, and recently-retired, Reinder Nummerdor.

The 40-year old Nummerdor brings a special perspective to this particular tournament, having won European Championships both in indoor volleyball (1997) and on the beach (2008). In total, he played at 5 consecutive Summer Olympics from 2000-2016.

A rundown of the events:

  • The Sitting Volleyball World Championships will play in 5 cities across the country: Venlo, Eindhoven, Arnherm, Rotterdam and the Hague. The championships will also be broadcast in theaters across the country.
  • The U20 European Championships is hoped by organizers to be a precursor to a successful Dutch bid to host the 2019 European Senior Championships. The Dutch region of Gelderland, and Antwerp, Belgium, will host preliminary rounds in addition to The Hague.
  • The European Beach Volleyball Championships, for men and women, will hope to build off of the success of the World Championship tournament hosted in The Hague in 2015. That tournament was hosted at Hofvijver with a capacity of 5,500 spectators.

Hague politician Rabin Baldewsingh spoke highly of hopes for the tournament.

“When I think back on the World Beach Volleyball 2015, I do not just back to the successes of our athletes,” Baldewsingh said in his speech.” I especially think back to a WorldRecord in beach volleyball, which was established on Saturday, June 27th. As many as 2355 people took part in the same tournament on the beach of Scheveningen, and it was great to be with. ”

“Volley2018 is a fantastic concept,” continued the alderman. “It brings together the best that these sports have to offer. In 2007, we began to work closely with the Nevobo (the Dutch Federation). Volley2018 is the culmination of this unique undertaking.”


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When can we expect a schedule/city/place of tournament, for sitting Volleyball ?!

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