Involved in the Poznan Mini Handball Cup are fifteen-person teams of third graders, who during the school year learn to play handball, and then test their abilities in tournaments organized by Volkswagen Poznan. In total 22 matches are held during the year, in which the young players could get infected with a passion for handball. – The effects of these few months of hard work in training and gym lessons can be seen on the floor. The kids play with such commitment and energy, that we adults should learn from them – said Monika Hajbowicz the Head of Communications at Volkswagen Poznan.
Sunday’s Final was the culmination of hard, year-round and regular work of the players and coaches. The young athletes did their best to get the highest results. „The strength of the final is its momentum. The children play matches on three parallel floors – there’s always something going on. Moreover, pictures from the floors were displayed on a huge outdoor screen, so the players could feel like real sports stars.” – said after the Final Karolina Peda, who is the Manager and a Player for AZS AWF Volkswagen Poznan.
But let us return to that, which on this day was most import – the sportsmanship. This reached a very high level – „At times I wondered if we were really watching children, third graders play or if they were professional athletes after many years of training” noted Stanisław Igel, trainer of the Poznan university students.
Sunday’s Final was won by the team from Primary School No. 21. In the final they defeated their colleagues from Primary School No. 4 in Swarzedz. Triumphant in the 3rd place match were the handballers from Primary School No. 5, who defeated the team from Primary School No. 46.
Besides the sports emotions, guests and players during breaks could enjoy the numerous attractions that were prepared for the day. Available were, among others, video game consoles, virtual driving simulators, foosball tables, face painting tables, freshly squeezed juices, and photo booths. In conclusion, we have good news for handball fans – we can officially confirm that next year the next edition, 6th, of the Volkswagen Poznan Mini Handball programme will go ahead. Someone who thinks it’s worth continuing the Mini Handball programme is Artur Siodmiak, multi-time Polish National Team player.
According to him the Mini Handball project is the only recurring project of its type in Poland – Important is not only that thanks to it we can popularize handball. The Poznan company is placing a great emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle and authoritative roles in the lives of young people. I am glad I can support such an ambitious project. A separate subject is the competition. It deserves the highest praise – added the popular „Seven”.
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