Author: john

“The pink wall” that supports its club

The German football team Dortmund is supported during their home games by “The Yellow Wall” – a massive stand filled with supporters dressed in yellow. The equivalent in floorball is found at Vara IBK – “The Pink Wall”.

Behind the teams participating in Gothia Innebandy Cup are a whole bunch of committed parents who support their children. The pink team from the city Vara, about eight miles northeast of Gothenburg, was, to say the least, a clear example of that.
As soon as one of the club’s teams played, there was a pink wall of supporters on the side cheering them on. One of the supporters was Anna Thoresson, mother of two boys playing in the club.
“The players think it’s fun. They didn’t hear us the first match, so we raised our voices even more. I think you get extra pumped as a player”, she says.

The parents have made a supporter jersey with the text “Forza di rosa” (“Forza the pink one’s”), in the same pink color as the players’ match jerseys. A color that makes them hard to miss. Vara IBK participated with teams in the age classes B13, B15 and G15. And no matter which team played, “The Pink Wall” was there to support.
“We try and see everyone’s matches during the tournament. It’s a really good atmosphere, you get a completely different contact within the club when you get to know the parents”, says Anna.

She says they encountered more cheering sections during the tournament, but none as big as theirs. And she is convinced what the support from the side means to the players.
“It means lots, the players get pumped up”, she says.

”Gothia is the highlight of the year”

They are not the only team participating frequently in Gothia Innebandy Cup. But Palmstaden IK is one of the few clubs that have participated in almost all tournaments since Gothia Innebandy Cup was founded in 1994, and coach André Håkansson Roxe sees no reason to stop traveling to Gothenburg.
“Gothia is the highlight of the year. The players starts talking about it at the beginning of the season”, he says.

Palmstaden IK was founded in Trelleborg in 1986 and has a built up a big youth organization. The highlight of the year? To visit Gothia Innebandy Cup and compete against both national and international teams at a high level.

“In Skåne, there are not as many teams to compete against, so Gothia Innebandy Cup makes it possible for us to play against teams we are not used to. In addition, we always notice during the matches that the level is higher here in Gothenburg”, says André Håkansson Roxe.

André started playing floorball when he was eleven. At the age of 22, he put the floorball stick on the shelf and began training the younger teams instead. Something he obviously liked a lot – after 19 years as a coach he is still as active.

“I’ve been at Gothia Innebandy Cup for seven or eight years, but the club has always travelled here with as many teams as possible. The basic idea is to let everyone play, so we constantly rotate the squad. It is a fun tournament with well-played matches and good referees. In addition, we get the opportunity to hang out as a team and do things outside the floorball pitch”, he says.

One of the players in Palmstaden IK B15 is Tintin Svemark. In January 2020, he played his third Gothia Innebandy Cup and he is already looking forward to next year’s tournament and the opportunity to hang out with his teammates.

“Hanging out with my teammates is the best. But of course it is also fun that the tournament is so big, it offers good opponents from all over Sweden and also internationally. Playing in a tournament is often more fun than the series game”, he says.

Höllviken IBF has made Gothia Innebandy Cup to an annual tradition

A highlight for the players to look forward to and a community builder for the club. Gothia Innebandy Cup is an annual tradition for Höllviken IBF, from Skåne, Sweden who always travels to Gothenburg with many teams in several different age classes.

Höllviken IBF has always prioritized the social part of the game and has long had the goal that their players, of all ages, have fun and feel joy when they play floorball. Erik Lindkvist is the vice chairman of the club and a loyal participant of Gothia Innebandy Cup. The 2020 tournament was his twelfth in the same number of years and the feeling remains; Gothia Indebandy Cup helps strengthen the community throughout the club.

“We all ride in shared buses and live in the same hotel. When one team does not play, we always try to cheer on the other teams so that everyone gets good support from the stand. So the tournament creates a good community among the teams in the club”, he says.

As a club, Höllviken IBF has grown significantly in recent years. Today it is one of the bigger ones in Skåne and the men’s first team has climbed from division 3 to the Swedish Superligan, something that Erik Lindkvist thinks is associated with the youth academy that has grown. He himself played floorball over 20 years ago, but a lot has happened at that time.

“Then it was a completely different sport than it is today and I see a difference even in Gothia Innebandy Cup. I feel that there are more even matches nowadays and that teams from other countries have developed a lot. The Czech and Slovak teams are very capable, even the Norwegian teams are doing very well”, he says.

For the 2020 tournament, Höllviken IBF came with several teams in different age classes, and although everybody certainly want to lift the trophy, the trip is about so much more. Not least about getting match training against teams outside Skåne and as a spur to do their best.

“Of course it is fun if it goes well in the tournament, then the players come home filled with excitement and eager to perform. But if you lose you will come home with a desire to revenge and think that you will do even better next year. There are very few times I have experienced that the players have come home and been disappointed to the level that they do not want to play anymore. Rather, I feel that we are getting more and more players who want to join the following year”,says Erik Lindkvist.

A lot happens on the spot, but part of the Gothia Innebandy Cup also comes with rested parents home. Something that frames Höllviken IBF’s goal.

“A large part of the players’ parents travels to Gothenburg, which creates a nice community among us. You sit in the evenings and talk through the day and widen your social life very much, which you take home with you”, says Erik Lindkvist.

Livestream from twelve pitches during Gothia Innebandy Cup!

For the fourth consecutive year we will livestream games from Gothia Innebandy Cup, including all the finals.

One game cost 5 EURO and an All Access pass, which gives you access to all the games livestreamed during the tournament, cost 18 EURO. If you buy an All Access pass you will also be able to see a replay of the game/games.

Pitches being livestreamed during Gothia Innebandy Cup 2020:

Åby Arena 1

Åby Arena 2

Lundenhallen

Partille Arena A

Partille Arena B

Prioritet Serneke Arena A

Salming Arena

Gothia Arena

Valhalla A

ÖHK-hallen K

ÖHK: Göteborg Brandservicehallen

ÖHK: Brixlyhallen

Gothia Innebandy Cup is expanding

Gothia Innebandy Cup is expanding and will for the first time play matches in the newly built Åbymässan in Mölndal. In one of the exhibition halls of Åbymässan, two high-quality courts will be built and we will also offer hotel accommodation at the newly built Åby Hotel next door.

Åbymässan is a part of Åby Arena and is located in Mölndal, just outside of Gothenburg. The fair opened as late as January 2019 and in addition to 10,500 square meters of exhibition hall, Åby Arena contains a horse race track, hotel, gym, restaurants and a café. A state-of-the-art facility that will be a perfect addition to the Gothia Innebandy Cup.

­– We are very pleased with working together with Åbymässan, as we see the opportunity to offer high-quality courts in a place that is unique, says Lena Rönnefors, tournament director at Gothia Innebandy Cup.

As said, Åbymässan can offer a 10,500 square meters exhibition hall and has very good facilities for sporting events.

– Our hope is to be able to grow with more courts and eventually build a center where our players can hang out and take part in other fun activities, says Lena Rönnefors.

Next door to the exhibition hall is Åby Hotel, where we offer participants newly built hotel facilities. For more information, please contact hotel@gothiainnebandycup.se.

Also, don’t forget that the registration for next year’s tournament closes on November 10.

New updated app!

We have now released a new updated version of the Gothia Innebandy Cup app. The app contains everything you need to know before and during the cup week. We have a new interface and the navigation is improved.

In the app you will also find the new timetable for Gothia Line.

Download the app at App Store HERE.

Download the app at Google Play HERE.

The complete game schedule is here!

The complete game schedule for Gothia Innebandy Cup 2019 is now published. Sunday’s finals are played in Valhalla A, Gothia Arena and Partille Arena, which is a new venue for this year.

See the complete game schedule HERE.

The groups are published!

Today, the groups were released for Gothia Innebandy Cup 2019. For the second consecutive year, we break the record for participating teams. 469 teams from 7 different nations will participate in Gothia Innebandy Cup in January.

See the groups here: https://results.gothiainnebandycup.se/2019/

For those who have booked school accommodation, it is now published on My Team Info. See HERE.

The game schedule is released at the end of this week.

Gothia Innebandy Cup expands to Partille

In the tournament of 2019 Gothia Innebandy Cup expands to Partille, for the first time ever. About 800 people will stay at three schools and play games at four fields just outside Gothenburg.
– The Partille community is very committed and excited to host the tournament, says Tournament Director Lena Rönnefors.

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