CEV Small Countries President and the SVA CEO, Margaret Ann Fleming is calling on all participating and hosting Federations to grasp the opportunity to shine and aim high at the CEV European Championships Small Countries Division qualification rounds this coming weekend – June 5th-9th.
Scotland, Cyprus and Iceland are placing together their final preparations for the participation of ten SCD Federations, with Iceland having to be doubly prepared as they are combining the women’s and men’s qualifiers on the same weekend. The competing Federations are Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Malta, Cyprus, Iceland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Faroe Islands and Andorra.
Margaret Ann said “This is a wonderfully exciting weekend for all competing and hosting Federations. There are ten Federations competing from the Small Countries of Europe in three different countries which are so diverse in culture and landscape and yet so alike in their passion for Volleyball, excellence and success. All will endeavour to be the best they can be this weekend and I find this truly remarkable and encouraging for the development of our sport.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all hosting Federations for their commitment to European Volleyball and the Small Countries Division, their professional approach and for the extended hand of friendship given to the travelling Federations.”
Margaret Ann is representing CEV as Technical Supervisor for the championships being held in her Federation of origin Scotland. Scottish Volleyball President Mel Coutts made comment that, “I am delighted that the CEV has appointed our CEO as SCD President and CEV Board member to represent European Volleyball as Technical Supervisor in her home country. Scottish Volleyball’s Special Event Commission, staff and members have worked exceptionally hard to make sure that everything is prepared for the teams and the five travelling referees from Belgium, France, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta in Perth. Good luck also to our senior men’s team travelling to compete in Iceland this weekend.”
Scottish Volleyball in partnership with SOVT, Perth and Kinross Council and Live Active added “Not only is Scotland hosting the Women’s European Championships but on the same weekend and at the same venue the organisers are delivering an outdoor junior festival on Friday 6th June with 200 local children planning to play mini volleyball. Then on the Saturday and Sunday there shall be over 1,000 adults playing 6 v 6 on grass courts with another 100 players involved in an indoor tournament with teams from the USA and Scotland. Many of the children shall be involved all weekend as courtside assistants with the outdoor participating adults already onsite to watch, cheer and support the CEV SCD Women’s Championship 6-8 the June.”
Good luck to all!