Monday, January 2, 2012

VOFE or Vancouver Open 2012

We heard some news about a new big thing coming up in West Canada and checked in with Greg Beaudin to see what's up:
Hey, Greg we have heard about a new exciting tourney in Vancouver - called Vancouver open - may you tell us more?
The Vancouver Open is more than just a tournament, it's a full-fledged Floorball experience. We are fusing some of the key areas of focus for us: 1. floorball+hockey, 2. an elite floorball showcase on a scale that has not been seen before in North America, 3. A world class International tournament 4. a National Team training camp 5. establishing the Richmond Olympic Oval as a center of excellence for Floorball development in North America.
We have some special Floorball guests from Europe confirmed and coming, but I don't want to release the Team names just yet. Let's just say that we are very excited to be hosting the best Young players in the world to Vancouver this summer.
The event is slated for the week August 4-12, with the tournament portion happening on August 9-10-11. A major summer party on the 11th at night, followed by a inner harbour boat cruise brunch on Sunday...this ties in to our theme of 'Play Hard and then Play Harder' :-)

What is your highest expectations or dreams at this point for this tournament?
The vision is this: The Vancouver Open Floorball Experience (VOFE) is the fastest growing floorball event of it's kind in North America. Tapping in to a strong partnership with the City of Richmond Sport Hosting, The Richmond Olympic Oval, BC Floorball and Floorball Canada, the VOFE will collaborate with large International iconic events such as the Czech Open and partner with the Core countries of Floorball- Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic plus the IFF to raise the profile of Floorball on this Continent, which will help us solidify our collective Olympic aspirations.
Elite European Teams will come to the VOFE for training camp, a summer holiday and to market their sport to a large US and Canadian audience, all the while being surrounded by some of the world's best Floorball and sport training amenities.
The Oval can accommodate about 8 full size courts going on at one time, so we are fully scalable to grow. Richmond Sport Hosting has an impressive quantity of hotel rooms within 1000 meters of the games. The venue is 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver by skytrain. Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live and visit, on the whole planet, so we have that working in our favour. Teams will truly enjoy their Floorball experience here.
Year 1, we have a Hockey Camp and Floorball Camp intertwined and all in one venue, (the Oval also has two NHL sized rinks under the same roof as our Floorball setup), so the logistics of doing a Floorball+Hockey camp is a dream in itself. It's important for our growth in Canada, to work tightly with Hockey.
We want the International event, the Elite, the Recreational, the Women's and the Youth divisions of the VOFE to grow organically, and that's why we capped the limit at 8 teams per division. So far, we have 4 or 5 in the Elite division and that's our main priority to fill up. The Kids groups in year one will have a lot to see and learn, so our goal there is just to show them what top level Floorball looks like.

When do you think BCfloorball will have teams signed up for the final deadline and what are some of the teams do you expect to participate?
The two European Elite Teams that we have slated to attend this Year are much too good for our Tournament, so we will treat this as a marketing exercise and showcase their skill through exhibition matches and camps. That said, we will have two Swedish teams competing in our elite division, so that will be an exciting challenge for our top teams and our National Men's Team.
Locally, we have at least two teams that will play, two teams from Sweden, our national men's team, and interest from across Canada and the USA as well. It's going to be an exciting week of Floorball, we don't compete with the Czech Open, and for next year, we will stagger our event in step with the Czech Open so that our event Champions will get to go to Prague.
I will say that we are speaking to Teams from Finland, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Sweden and the response has been great.

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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!