Lausanne, Switzerland, November 29, 2017 – A lucky group of Polish school children in Opole have had the chance to live every volleyball fan's dream by training alongside ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle team members before the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship.
Over 300 children from local primary and second schools took part in an event call “Fourteen Steps to the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship,” during which they also had the chance to see the trophy up close.
They and Arkadiusz Wisniewski, the Mayor of Opole, trained with wing spikers Rafal Szymura and Kamil Semeniuk, and opposite Slawomir Jungiewicz at the 3,500-capacity Opole Arena where matches will take place during the tournament.
Opole will host Pool A which features Polish champions ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle taking on title holders and South American champions Sada Cruzeiro from Brazil, Asian champions Sarmayeh Bank Volleyball Club of Iran, and Italian champions Cucine Lube Civitanova.
Teams will compete in the city on December 12, 13 and 14, before the top two from each pool head to Krakow for the semifinals and medal matches on December 16 and 17.
Pool B will take place in the 12,000-capacity Lodz Arena, which has hosted matches at the Poland 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship and has also hosted FIVB Volleyball World League fixtures and CEV European Championship matches.
European champions Zenit Kazan from Russia, Argentine champions Club Ciudad de Bolivar and two wildcard teams, PGE Skra Belchatow from Poland and Shanghai Volleyball Club.