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.
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