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19/03/2019 09:00
Annual full moon Snow Volleyball tournament goes from strength to strength
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Kouvola, Finland, March 19, 2019. The Volleyball club Kouvolan Lentopalloilijat -57 from the Finnish city of Kouvola have just organised their annual Snow Volleyball tournament. It usually takes place in March during full moon although it was cloudy and rainy weather this time. The finalists played their matches in the darkness of the late evening.

Kouvola has been a forerunner of Snow Volleyball as full moon tournaments have taken place as back as in 2000 and 2001 before resuming in 2017 and 2018. The Volleyball club KoLe hopes that schools will understand the huge potential of Snow Volleyball - as it is inexpensive and easy to organise (and there is every winter enough snow in town!)

The tournament took place on Saturday, March 16 and it featured some of Finland’s best Beach Volleyball players. There were entries from Lahti, Oulu, Vantaa, etc. and of course, some local teams from Kouvola joined the competition as well.  

In the afternoon, the teams played for a spot in the finals. The programme featured as many as 16 tight matches before competition resumed in the evening with the finals. Pettymys and PaKoKo were the eventual winners of the men’s and women’s tournament, respectively.



The evening event with finals was held at the Tykkimäen Sauna on the beach of Käyrälampi. Viljami Taimisto, the executive director of Tykkimäen Sauna, and his crew were helping to organise the full moon tournament. The bravest players and spectators tested also ice swimming and the hot sauna available right next to the snow volleyball court.

Heidi Pasi who played in the winning team commented the weather: “The day was cloudy even though in March the weather is usually sunny in Finland and you can feel that the spring is coming.  Now it was snowing occasionally but it did not disturb us. However, the humidity of the snow was high so as the day went by the clothes and shoes got wet. Luckily, the tournament was organised together with Tykkimäen Sauna – so the players had the opportunity to go to the sauna and ice swimming right after the games.”

The chairperson of Kouvolan Lentopalloilijat, Henni Seppälä is proud that KoLe is a pioneer of Snow Volleyball: “I think it is great that there is enthusiasm and courage in our sports club to arrange new events and try new sports. These kind of things take a lot of effort especially from volunteers so I would like to thank our volunteers for their great job and open-mindedness.”

The head of the Organising Committee Hannu Mykkänen admitted that this time the weather made it a little more difficult to play than last year. He hopes it will be a sunny day and there will be a nice full moon with northern lights next year for the next edition scheduled for March 7, 2020.

More information about the organising club: www.kole.fi

More information about the city of Kouvola: https://visitkouvola.fi/en


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