Many players and leaders consider Partille Cup to be the youth World Championships. And of course, it’s great to win Partille Cup. Especially considering that some of the world’s best teams and countries participating! Saturday is the highlight of the week. It’s time for the finals to be played and all finals will be played outdoors at Heden Arena in front a chanting audience creating an supporting atmosphere.
The final day of Partille Cup is filled with emotions, expectations and vibrating excitment. It is now everything will be settled. For some teams the day of the finals also mean sorrow, for the disappointment of not making it to the final and that the adventure in Gothenburg soon will come to an end. For other teams the day means tension and enormous focus. For the top participants in Partille Cup these games will be the last and most important of the week – silver or gold? Despite the fact that all teams are winners in their own way, it is never the less an achievement to make it to the finals. And only 18 of close to 1200 participating teams can call themselves champions.
Every summer Partille Cup builds Heden Arena with the capacity of 7 000 spectators. Previous we have completed the final preparations the night before the arrangement, something we’ve changed for 2017. Partille Cup have chosen to invest even more in Heden Arena and use its full capacity. Therefore the final setup was built already for the cup start in the beginning of the week, with higher stands on the inner field and Dj:s playing music from the start of the group stage as well as during the play off (Tuesday-Friday).
If you have been here before you know that the audience is doing a great effort to cheer their team. Chants in all languages rumbles in the arena and the atmosphere is fantastic. So if you want to see the excitement, drama and dreams come true – do not miss the finals.
Your team need the support!
Adults: SEK 60 Children: SEK 40 (barn=4-14 år)
Free entrance with Partille Cup Pass. For those without a pass, entrance tickets will be sold at the central information.
Zagreb won the B10 class last year. Now the same team is aiming to win the B11 class in Partille Cup 2017. They reached the final today. – We have great chances to win, says the top scorer Lovro Zirdum.
Last year Zagreb played fantastic in the Partille Cup and won both the B10 and B12 class. The B10 team won the final against IK Sund with big number, 19 goals to five. Now the players, who all has shoved “CRO” (Croatia) on the sides of the head, are one year older and wants to do exactly like last year. The croats went through the group game with five straight victories and 113-33 in goal difference. In the playoff they have won against the swedish duo Redbergslids IK (19-4) and Eskilstuna Guif (14-10, after leading 9-0 at half time) and H 71 1 (16-7) from the Faroe Islands.
– It’s a really lovely tournament. We want to win the Partille Cup. Our strength is our offensive play. We are better forward than backwards, says Lovro Zirdum.
Ivan Dragic and Lovro Zirdum talking tactics.
The coach Ivan Dragic has been here with teams from Zagreb eight times.
– I won the tournament as a player in 1997, the coach says proudly.
He is just like Lovro hopeful before the final, which will be played at Heden 1 at 10.00 am tomorrow. They face Rugvica, another team from Croatia.
– We will meet a good team, but we’re good and I think we can win, says Ivan Dragic.
Lovro Zirdum has scored many goals during the week and is already looking forward to coming back to Gothenburg next year. His idol is PSG:s danish national team player Mikkel Hansen. Lovro is serious with his handball and is dreaming of playing in front of huge crowds in big arenas.
– I want to play for Croatias national team, says the talent.
Partille Cup and IPY Holding AB have chosen to launch a common campaign project called #iplayfair.
The purpose of #iplayfair is to reward good behaviour and comradeship, both on and of the pitch. It can be anything from acting in true sportsmanship on the pitch, like assisting the referee in a decision to helping a Partille Cup participant in need of help on the streets of Gothenburg or at Liseberg.
During the tournament the participants will be able to nominate a player, referee, leader or an entire team who he or she thinks have done a good deed. The referees will also be able to nominate.
The nomination is done by filling in a form at the Iplay Sport’s tent located on Heden Center or at the Partille Cup tent where you play. We will gather all nominations and our jury will choose a winner each day. The following day we will have a ceremony and hand out a nice price to the winner.
Partille Cup is the event where sport and different cultures have an obvious place to meet. Participants from all over the world and in several ages, from 10 years and up, will play handball and hang out at several locations in the city.
We must help each other to feel safe and comfortable in the meeting with each other. This goes for everyone, as participants, audience or residents. Partille Cup want all visitors to have fun together, take care of and respect each other. As an example, there are zero tolerance for sexual harassment or abuse. If all participants and leaders will help to prevent misbehavior, if good behavior can be rewarded and raised, we create role models that can inspire others.
Iplay Sports wants to pay attention to and favour a good climate in the meetings with other people, both in the digital world as in real life. Therefore, Iplay Sport, together with Partille Cup, will launch the #iplayfair campaign.
We want to show what good influence sport can have when it comes to building bridges between cultures, religions, ethnicity and exclusion. The very meaning of #iplayfair also goes very well with the core values of Partille Cup as well as Iplay Sport.
Iplay Sport values:
•Participation, for everyone.
•Responsibility, social and personal.
•Joy – all sport and exercise should be built on joy.
This is why you should take action and be a part of the #iplayfair.
Gunnar Quist, who was a long time leader in Sävehof, founded the Partille Cup. When “Mr Sävehof” passed away in 2011, the Partille Cup started a memorial fund under the name Gunnar Quist Memorial Fund.
– The funds purpose is to contribute to the person or association that promotes the youth handball internationally, says Partille Cups Secretary General Fredrik Andersson.
Last year, Brazilian José Ricardo Gianconi and the Mascarhena family received the award for bringing around 500 teams to the Partille Cup over the years. This year, the prize went to Iceland and Sigurdur Gunnarsson for his hard work in his country. On Thursday evening Gunnarsson got on the stage in Scandinavium infront of standing ovations and received – beside the honour – 1000 euros as an economic reward. Secretary General Fredrik Andersson justifies the choice of prize taker:
– The purpose of the Gunnar Quist Memorial Fund is to draw attention to those who did something good for the international handball. For ten years, Sigurdur has been alone as a promoter on Iceland and is one of the biggest reasons why Iceland has 40 teams in the Partille Cup this year.
On Thursday night, the traditional and popular Leaders Party took place in Scandinavium. And what a wonderful dance-, music- and showparty it became! Check out the movie here.
Leaders Party welcomes leaders and coaches to a spectacular party in the Scandinavium arena. During a colorful evening of food, drink and artists, all leaders will beam and meet each other. Here, leaders get the chance to be entertained in a wonderful international environment.
The evening started with a delicious barbecue buffet that was served when the guests arrived. Then the show started and as soon as the tables were cleared, everyone then got the opportunity to stand up, to sing, laugh, dance and have a thrilling evening.