VakifBank ISTANBUL celebrate 30th anniversary in Volleyball
Istanbul, Turkey, October 13, 2015. As they celebrate the thirteenth anniversary since they embarked on their Volleyball adventure, Turkey’s VakifBank ISTANBUL recently organised a media meeting before the start of the upcoming 2015-2016 season. The players and members of the coaching staff from the team dressed in black and yellow enjoyed this opportunity to share their feelings and expectations for a campaign whose kick off is now just around the corner.
The press conference was attended by the club’s chairman, Mr Osman Demren, head coach Giovanni Guidetti, players, technical staff and also by Arzu Kaprol, one of the world’s most famous fashion designers who has conceived and produced the shirts and training sets that VakifBank will be wearing during the 2015-2016 season.
As they have set very high goals for this upcoming campaign, VakifBank signed contracts with as many as six elite players during the summer break. 2014 world champion and MVP of that same competition Kimberly Hill from USA has joined the ranks of VakifBank, alongside Anne Buijs and Lonneke Slöetjes who just claimed silver with the Dutch national team at the 2015 women’s EuroVolley. VakifBank have also signed three members of Turkey’s national team, i.e. Seda Aslanyürek (Tokatlioglu), Cansu Cetin and Ayse Melis Gürkaynak. They have also extended the contracts of another three Turkish Volleyball stars, i.e. team captain Gözde Kirdar, Hatice Gizem Örge and Ayca Aykac.
VakifBank are the first Turkish team to win the CEV Volleyball Champions League – they did so in 2011 – and the only one to have repeated this achievement – in 2013. They are also Turkey’s only team to have a complete set of trophies including all three European Cup competitions, and so their goals are extremely high also for the coming season.
VakifBank have also eight titles from Turkey’s national league on their resume plus a gold medal from the 2013 edition of the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship. Also in 2013, they set an all-time record of 73 consecutive wins by combining national, European and world competitions which was officially acknowledged as such by the Guinness Book of Records.
The chairman of the club, Mr Osman Demren, said: “We already have achieved many successes since 1986 and today we are about to celebrate our 30th anniversary in Volleyball. We have achieved great results for the past 29 years. Our first goal for the coming season is to claim the Champions Cup, previously known as Turkey’s Supercup, which will be played in Ankara next week. I would like to wish the best of luck and much success to all teams competing in the Turkish national league as well as in the European Cups. I hope for a season with no injuries and where the best team will eventually win the championship.”
Also referring to the club’s 30th anniversary Mr Demren said: “The jerseys and training sets for the coming season to be used by our players and coaching staff were designed and produced by our dear friend Arzu Kaprol, one of the world’s most famous fashion designers from Turkey. On behalf of the VakifBank sports club I would like to thank Arzu Kaprol and her team for the excellent result of their work.”