Esmoriz Ginasio Clube
Published on January 1, 2014
Esmoriz is a town on the coast just south of Porto in northern Portugal and is famous for one sport: volleyball! Every year the Esmoriz Volleyball Club organizes a four day international volleyball tournament for under-14 through to under-19 boys and girls. The 6th year of TIVE (the International Volleyball Tournament of Esmoriz) will take place during the 2014 Easter break and it is a fantastic opportunity to come and visit this beautiful part of northern Portugal in a fun, safe and relaxed atmosphere. If required, we can organize everything for teams including accommodation (mainly in school classrooms converted into dormitories, with one room for each team), food, transport and leisure activities. Esmoriz is a small friendly place with one of the best beaches in northern Portugal and is less than half an hour from Portugal’s second city, Porto and 45 minutes from the city of Aveiro. Esmoriz is on the country’s main train line and the volleyball stadium is less than 2kms from the station. The main motorway that links Porto with Lisbon is also less than 10 minutes away. There are quite a few low-cost routes flying into Portugal (either Porto or Lisbon airport), so it should not be too expensive to get there and then the tournament costs just €60 per person including 4 nights’ accommodation and all meals. Alternatively if you only wish to pay for the tournament (and not food and accommodation), the cost is just €25 per person. Our aim is to provide some serious games of volleyball, but above all a fun and friendly atmosphere where players have the chance to spend time with other athletes from different countries and get a chance to enjoy what northern Portugal has to offer (and if all you know of Portugal is the Algarve, then you are in for a wonderful surprise when you get to see how unspoilt and attractive the north is!). The tournament is split into two weeks, so the U14, U15 and U16s compete during the first week (10th to 13th of April) and the U17, U18 and U19s during the second week (16th to 19th of April). Generally there is a range of different ability players, so your team should be able to fit in fine, as long as they are not beginners. Most of the games are broadcast live via our website, so your friends and family back home can watch. And when you are not playing, we have a fan zone where there are games, music and snacks available and of course you can hang out at the beach, which is a few minutes’ walk from the volleyball stadium.