500 children attend final stage of Mini Volleyball league in Podgorica

Podgorica, Montenegro, June 5, 2018. The 2017-2018 edition of the Jugopetrol EKO Mini Volleyball league ended on Sunday in Podgorica with participation of nearly 500 children contesting as many as 298 matches on Independence Square, i.e. right in the heart of the Montenegrin capital city. All participants received gold medals at the end of a truly exciting day, in what was a real Volleyball party for all involved.

“Dear children, parents, coaches, dear friends from Jugopetrol, dear Minister of Sports, Mr Janovic, Volleyball friends, thank you for the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful ambience,” said the President of the Volleyball Federation of Montenegro (OSCG), Mr Cvetko Pajkovic. “We are looking forward to becoming an ever more numerous and happier Volleyball family. It is a great joy for everyone from our Federation that the final stage of the Jugopetrol EKO Mini Volleyball league has gathered as many as 500 girls and boys.

“These children enjoyed the opportunity to improve their Volleyball skills for some months. They played almost 300 games this weekend. They are all extremely talented and enjoyed the final stage of the season. We are sure that from year to year the Jugopetrol EKO Mini Volleyball league will lay the foundation for the bright future of Volleyball in Montenegro. We are on the right track and this we could see from the quality and the number of teams competing in this year’s pre-youth national championships,” Pajkovic continued.

Bar Volej were the eventual winners of the competition for boys born in 2005 ad 2006. Antonis Semelides, Executive Director of Jugopetrol, presented them with the trophy designed for the top team of the tournament. Budućnost Bemax won the tournament for girls born in 2005 and 2006, with OSCG President Cvetko Pajkovic awarding himself the eventual winners. The team of Mrkojevići emerged victorious from the competition for girls born in 2007 and 2008. Mr Nikola Janovic, Montenegro’s Minister of Sports, presented them with the winners’ trophy.

“Since the establishment of the Ministry of Sports, we have emphasised the fact that as many children as possible should get involved in sports. The Ministry of Sports supports all associations for such projects, and I would like to congratulate the leadership of the Volleyball Federation of Montenegro. These are great things, especially when you see so many children playing on the main square of our capital and all of them looking so happy with playing Volleyball. The Ministry of Sports will always be supporting any such project as much as possible,” Mr Janovic said.

“Volleyball as a sport is very important and we know how important it is to grow every child in the best possible way. As the Ministry of Sports, we are always here to say and suggest to each parent to make sure their children get involved into sports, whatever. When it comes to Volleyball, we have started a school competition for girls, with the support from the Ministry. Volleyball as a sport is very important to us and I expect that Montenegrin Volleyball will be achieving even more significant results on the international stage in future,” Janovic concluded. He, along with Mr Milos Lalevic, Sports Director at the Ministry of Sports, watched the finals and presented medals and cups to the eventual winners.

The captains of the women’s and men’s national teams of Montenegro, Tatjana Bokan and Vojin Cacic, attended the final stage of the Jugopetrol EKO Mini Volleyball league as well, together with renowned Volleyball coach Veselin Vukovic, as well as Mr Rajko Cupic, a representative from the Secretariat for Sports and Culture of the city of Podgorica.