European Lesbian Volleyball Tournament

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Hallo, hello, daag, salut, hola, hej and welcome to the internet site of the biggest, most famous European Lesbian Volleyball Competition: the popular Easter Tournament!

This tournament was mentioned for the first time in the history books in 1989. Back then, it still took place in autumn, in Berlin. However, it wasnít as big and as international as it is today: The teams were mainly from Germany and the Netherlands, and they easily fit into one gym. Many years have passed since then and the tournament has grown. It will be taking place for the 28th time in 2016. Over the years, 70-plus teams and nearly 600 players have made the Easter Tournament the biggest of its kind in Europe. Itís now one of the absolute highlights in every lesbian volleyball schedule (right?)! The tournamentís reputation has spread far and wide, and teams from seventeen countries have taken part over the past decades: Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Iceland, Great Britain, France, Belgium, Slovakia, Denmark, Finland, Czechia, Austria, Slovenia, Russia, Poland, Germany Ė and new lesbians are more than welcome to attend!

What's unique about the tournament is that it has always been organzized by committed volunteers in the city hosting the event. Year after year, and without any umbrella organisation or much commercial promotion, they have managed to organize an unforgettable lesbian sports experience.

By the way, did you know that the precursors of this tournament took place back in 1986 in the form of much smaller tournaments in Hamburg and Berlin? Some of you seasoned players may remember that it all began as a more or less private exchange between the gay/lesbian/feminist organizations Seitenwechsel/Berlin, Rrasant/Hamburg and Netzo/Amsterdam. Looking at it that way, the 2016 tournament in Hamburg is actually celebrating its 31st anniversary Ė unbelievable!!! So isnít it great that this wonderful idea still exists and this incredible event is still taking place and continuing to inspire all of us who take part? We think so.


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