Two pitches, twelve teams and the weather that couldn’t be better for hosting a beach volleyball tournament. This was what Saturday afternoon looked like at the Hepbach pitch. Teams of all ages were invited. The tournament should be full of fun, games and meetings. The names of the teams also proved that the tournament was not held with professional stubbornness, but for fun. In addition to high self-confidence – eg in “Four Wins”, eg in “Principial Good” – there was also a wink – for example in “Surprise Eggs” or “Pain Mountains Ouch”.
“Bam! bam! Bam! ”They shout every time. Whenever a good move is made. When the shot flew over the net, when it was blocked, when the attack was successful – but especially when your team won the match. Then the five girls from TSV Mimmenhausen lean forward and clench their fists. “We heard about the tournament from friends,” explains 14-year-old Gretha.
The trophy is still waiting for the winning team. Behind them are Madita Haller, Niklas Uhl, Martin Kehrer, in the shadow of Selina Kretscher – in front of them are the list of tournament participants and the schedule. All four are part of the seven-person organizational team for the tournament, which was responsible for all preparations. The suggestion to finally organize a volleyball tournament again came from the youth department. After a two-year hiatus from Corona and the previous organizers, the community group actually wanted to donate this work to the newly formed youth council.
“We don’t have a youth council yet,” laments the city’s youth officer Jan Münzer. The more he is grateful that there were volunteers from the team of carers of the Christmas games, and more precisely: from the co-organizer of the concept, who prepared and conducted a beach volleyball tournament. Yes, a lot of work has been done, explains Martin Kehrer. “But if people like it, we’ll definitely do it again next year.”
While the nets are already being lifted and dug up before the tournament starts, Markus Wilkens, Astrid Wilkens, Christine Osterloff and Eric Bosch are still seated under the tent roof. “Initially, we wanted to come as a family team,” explains Astrid Wilkens. But then her son quit. He would prefer to play in a younger team. The Wilkens were looking for new players in the area. And all four are enthusiastic about the atmosphere on the pitch. “Young people need something like this,” says Erik Bosch.
Jan Münzer agrees. He cares that “there are more non-commercial youth events.” Where the goal is not to generate income, but to meet.
The team, consisting of youth officer Jan Münzer, youth officer David Lemkamp and trainee Raffaele Mazzitelli, offers children and young people a variety of activities. This includes, for example, the annual holiday offers as part of the holiday games campaign. But this also includes so-called open offers – for example at the Zepp youth cafe at Zeppelinstraße 7 or at the Skates-Open, the youth room in a trendy sports facility.