ON Saturday, December 5, 2015, Legacy Volleyball Club, hosted volleyball lovers and players at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, where they organized a volleyball tournament between Legacy Volleyball Team and other volleyball teams like Komos Spikers, Navy Volleyball team, Ogun Volleyball team, Lagos Volleyball team, Hits Squad, Greenfox, Cantonment Spikers, Total Volleyball team, NYSC Volleyball team and Oyo Volleyball team.
In attendance at the tournament was the Lagos State chairman, Volleyball Association of Nigeria, Chief Martins Owolabi and who’s who of volleyball in Lagos.
The sole aim of the tournament by the Legacy Volleyball Club is to promote volleyball in Nigeria, let people recognize it as a proper sport and bring people to love it.
The volleyball club was formed about 10 years ago by individuals who used to play volleyball and have grown fond of it. They decided not to let the love for volleyball die. They meet every Saturday to play and socialize just for fun till they decided to make it more organized.
Legacy Volleyball Club has over the years donated to and supported the Lagos State Volleyball Club as part of their cause to promoting volleyball in Nigeria. The tournament is the first of its kind and the winners went home with cash prizes.
The Ogun Volleyball team won in the male category, while the Lagos Volleyball team won in the female category.
The event was organized solely with funds generated by members of the Legacy Volleyball Club. ENCOMIUM Weekly was at the stadium to witness all the rounds of the competition and we had a chat with one of the top executives of the club, Mr. Babatunde Adelola. He told us all about Legacy Volleyball Club, why it was formed and their plans to revive volleyball in Nigeria.
What is Legacy Volleyball Club about?
Legacy Volleyball Club is a group of ex-volleyball players that came together to advance the cause of volleyball in Nigeria.
What’s the essence of the tournament?
Volleyball has been suffering in Nigeria. It has very little recognition, so, we decided to come together to bring the game alive and also try to get people to see that volleyball is a wonderful sport. The tournament is the first of its kind and we are looking forward to getting more sponsors in the next edition. Our members from various states came around for the tournament to promote volleyball. We want the public to know that volleyball is not dead. We are looking at getting more states to participate in the next tournament.
When was Legacy Volleyball Club founded?
It was founded about 10 years ago. We get together every Saturday and public holidays to play volleyball and socialize. We support Lagos State senior volleyball team. We also donate kits and money.
Volleyball is not a popular sport, what is Legacy Volleyball Club doing about this?
We intend to make it popular by publicizing and let people see what we are doing. Volleyball is a beautiful game. We would also be running a league for a year.
Are there prizes for the winners of the tournament?
The prizes are in form of money. It is not so much, we put something together. We would be making it an annual event, and we hope to do better. We are happy that people honoured our invitation. We are very proud of what we have done today.
- TINUOLA JOSEPH