Only a month is left to the start of the European University Water Polo and Beach Volleyball Championships (EUC). From 21 to 26 July 2019 the Slovenian coastal city of Koper will host more than 200 athletes from all over Europe, and the pressure is already slowly rising.
The organizers of the University Sport Association of Primorska (UŠZP) have already entered the final stage of the preparations for both championships. The list of participants is practically complete. There will be 24 women and 24 men couples at the Beach Volleyball EUC competition, while six teams are expected to participate at the Water Polo EUC. Although the Water Polo EUC will be presented for the first time in EUC history many of the best students-players had to prepare for the Universiade, which will be over a week earlier in Neaples, Italy.
In Koper the athletes, followers and officials will be accommodated in four different locations, but they are all less than 2 kilometers away from the venues of both the competitions. And about 100 members of the organizational structure will take care of the event. The hosts are already entered the final stage of preparation, but of course there is still a lot of work do be done.
Since last October, when the first EUC related activities started, the EUC organizers realized that in the coming months the interest in volunteering was declining among the Slovenian student population, and we turned for cooperation to the local sports associations - especially those in volleyball, beach volleyball, athletics, swimming and water polo.
With the advent of summer, the temperature of the air has grown properly and the sea has warmed. Parallel our expectations are increasing we are slowly becoming anxious.
We know, there is still a lot of work to be done, but on the other hand, we would like to start the competition already tomorrow, if we could!