Staying home is not the only choice in Aarhus
11 Feburary 2021
Aarhus beach-volleyball club members still play beach-volleyball outside, following the restriction where less than 5 people are required. This club is also open to visitors or short-term participants.
Last Sunday, before it snowed a lot, Jeff Jørgensen, the member of the board of Aarhus Beach-volleyball Club, said he enjoyed the game, breathing with fresh air. The beach volleyball club in Aarhus(ABC, Aarhus Beach-volleyball Club) is the biggest club in Denmark with 600 members. ‘Becah park Aarhus’ is the place with 17 courts and they have a match or practice.
How is this feasible even in team sports requiring other people? The volleyball and the beach-volleyball seem to be similar but have a big difference, especially, in the number of players. As usual, six players become one team in volleyball otherwise the beach-volleyball requires only 2 people on each side. Therefore, it’s not against the restriction banning more than 5 people’s gatherings.
Moreover, ABC has no indoor court for the beach-volleyball and this is naturally led to being an outdoor sport. With the wind and the sand, the game would be more unpredictable and you need to fully focus on the game to defend your wide court. You will be obsessed with the ball but can be free from indoor infection.
Recently, there is the only free match between the members who still want to play, but he hopes Jeff, who is also a coach in ABC, can start the training session again when the restriction is loose to less than 10 people again.
Not the court is sole square to communicate with the members and people outside. They have podcasts called Aarhus beach-volley talks in Spotify and Soundclouds, targeted for the beginner. Even if you are an online user out of a club who is interested in beach-volleyball, you can use it to feel the beach-volleyball mood at home. By following the Facebook group, you can catch more news about the club activity. The current event was ‘Generalforsamling 2021’ via Teams(Microsoft) on 10 February.
The club is not only for the members. It has a ‘guest ticket’ for one day in 85kr which is available at the webshop(Aarhus beach ball club) but you can pay immediately by mobile pay if there is a league right away. What you need is warm clothes but with many layers to be able to wear off and sand socks are recommended but it’s optional. The ball or water would be offered if you request previously and you can use the toilet and parking lot. There is no qualification but if you are a beginner, it would be better to join the train session first and then decide whether you will have a game or be a member of the club. For now, there is no train session or formal league, therefore, you need to contact first to the club before buying the ticket.
You should be aware that it’s dangerous to play the game when the temperature is below zero where the sand is not deemed to be playable because of its hardness. These days, Aarhus’s temperature hardly goes up more than above 5ºC which is the minimum degree to play. But it seems to be warmer as the more week goes by. Let’s just wait the time. It’s true that the beach-volleyball club is much more energetic in summer but the winter must be another chance to start beach-volleyball and be ready for the summer tournament.