SIG AIR HANDLING SPIKES THE BALL
On February 9, 1895, in Massachusetts (USA), William G. Morgan, a YMCA physical education director, created a new game called Mintonette as a pastime to be played (preferably) indoors and by any number of players. The game took some of its characteristics from tennis and handball. Mintonette was designed to be an indoor sport, less rough than basketball, for older members of the YMCA, while still requiring a bit of athletic effort.
A match was composed of nine innings with three serves for each. An observer, Alfred Halstead, noticed the volleying nature of the game at its first exhibition match in 1896, played at the International YMCA Training School. The game quickly became known as volleyball (it was originally spelled as two words: "volley ball"). Volleyball An international federation, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), was founded in 1947, and the first World Championships were held in 1949 for men and 1952 for women.
Today, volleyball, is a fast growing sport combining strategy, tactics, power and technical skills.
There are close links between the values of SIG Air Handling and those of volleyball. This is the reason why we support the Belgian national teams (men and women), the Red Dragons & Yellow Tigers. Volleyball is becoming a major sport in all countries where we have commercial activities with ‘Air Handling’.
In September 2019, the Belgian men’s team, the Red Dragons, will participate in the European Cup. The Belgians ended up in pool B thanks to the lot drawing, where they will compete against Austria, Germany, Spain, Slovakia, and (the current number one) Serbia. SIG Air Handling wishes them the very best.
These are the game dates for Belgium:
- Friday, 13 September, 8.30 p.m.: Belgium vs Austria (Brussels, Paleis 12)
- Saturday, 14 September, 8.30 p.m.: Belgium vs Germany (Brussels, Paleis 12)
- Sunday, 15 September, 3.30 p.m.: Belgium vs Spain (Antwerp, Lotto Arena)
- Tuesday, 17 September, 8.30 p.m.: Belgium vs Slovakia (Antwerp, Lotto Arena)
- Wednesday, 18 September, 8.30 p.m.: Belgium vs Serbia (Antwerp, Lotto Arena)
The best four teams from pool B and D will compete in the last sixteen finals (on Saturday, 21 and Sunday, 22 September), as do the best four from pool A and C. In the quarterfinals (Monday, 23 and Tuesday, 24 September), the winners of the last sixteen finals will compete for a place in the semi-finals (Thursday, 26 and Friday, 27 September). We will discover who ultimately makes it to the first, second, and third places in Paris (France) during the weekend of 28 and 29 September 2019.