Greetings from Partille Cup
Partille Cup will not take place as planned this summer. After the announcement on April 20, we are many affected by the decision. All the work, all the preparation we have done and the dreams we have had will not come true.
Our thoughts go mainly to the thousands of young people who are unable to participate in the tournament this year. But we can tell – that we are determined to come back next year. Then we will create the best and most amazing handball tournament possible. Our General Secretary, Fredrik Andersson, shares a few words with us.
“2020 is not like any other year we have experienced before.
In Partille Cup’s 50-year history, the tournament has been played every summer. Since its inception in 1970, over half a million participators from 96 different countries have played handball in Gothenburg. In recent years, especially on the artificial turfs at Heden, over 20,000 young athletes, together with thousands of leaders and parents, have created memories for life. That will not happen this year.
On April 20, the decision was made to cancel the tournament.
Over the past few days I have read numerous emails, text messages and posts via social media. Messages that you have written about this year’s canceled tournament. Our decision didn’t come as a surprise with the situation being like it is. And of course, we were all sad. We had all hoped that things would change so that we could welcome you to Gothenburg. But we ran out of time and now we are aiming for a fantastic tournament in 2021.
It’s truly wonderful to see all the expectations and hopes we create with Partille Cup. And that is even clearer now. There is such a strong feeling of community, joy and hope in the younger generations. That’s what we are working for together. We all have handball in common, but as a community we are all a part of something bigger. We are united and work towards making the world better.
Sport is important to us. Handball brings people together from all over the world, regardless of nationality, religion, culture or skin color. Due to its vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, the sport is definitely one of the greatest things man has ever created. It is a powerful tool that breaks down all the barriers and helps us feel good about ourselves, both physically and mentally. It also teaches us about how to be a team member, learn about play fair, improve self-esteem, etc.
In the current crisis, we still have each other. We know this because we are handballers. We are a part of the Partille Cup family. We share this struggle that we’re in, we will move forward.
We will continue to play handball and we will get through this together. And we can all have a goal to look forward to: meeting again at Heden in Gothenburg to play handball.
Then we will once again create new magic, new friendships, new unforgettable experiences and continue to create a better world – a world of handball.
Thank you all – see you next summer!”