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Posted by Media Team on 2018/5/15 10:20:00 (150 reads)

Retirement at London Super8 club
Coach Piotr Graban leaves IBB Polonia
Open in new windowPolish Volleyball coach Piotr Graban who has coached in London for the past two years is moving on. Born in 1986, he is one of the most decorated young coaches in Poland after graduating from AWFiS Gdansk. In his two years with IBB Polonia he has led the club to two victories and two second places and to ninth place in the CEV Challenge Cup in 2017 making that year the most successful in IBB Polonia’s history.
He is moving to work with Andrea Anastasi in Trefl Gdansk.

Asked why he decided to spend time in England Piotr said, "I think each step we take is important; for me self-development is a priority. I learnt a huge amount in England. I had to overcome very challenging and new situations that had never existed in Polish volleyball. I am, as a result, a better coach, a better person and I also speak better English!"

Andrea Anastasi is one of the top coaches in the world so Piotr continued, " I’m very excited to be returning to my home town: to my home and my loved ones. To be the assistant coach for Andrea is an amazing opportunity to develop yet further before my next step in my career. Our aims will always be the same: to do everything possible. I know all the teams in PlusLiga are strengthening. This depends on team budgets and I’m sure we too aim to be amongst the best."

Asked about his work over the past two years Piotr explained that when he moved from a fully professional club to a semi-professional one, the beginning was quite an eye-opener . He had to introduce his philosophy step by step; sometimes big changes were needed, at other times small details but when the changes bore fruit, it became easier to instil yet further change. He considers the biggest change to be the change in attitudes during training sessions where more professional behaviour by the players was required. He is really pleased that he leaves the team in a much better situation in terms of their approach to sport and keeps his fingers crossed that the development will continue in the right direction.

He went out of his way to say that English volleyball still has a long way to go and that it is important to learn from other countries. There are many players, organisations and coaches who could be much better if they could only see how their roles look overseas. He explained that he had tried to develop the education of volleyball during his time in London, attempting to awaken the desire to be better. There has been a response, albeit smaller than he had anticipated and if the development continues in the same manner then England really has a chance of rapidly moving forward in volleyball.

Even after leaving it will still be possible for him to share his knowledge. There is a lot of thirst for knowledge in the UK and it continues to grow all the time. The great results of IBB Polonia London show that more and more people are keen to find out from him how to improve the sport. "I’m working on a book that will help coaches to develop their careers," he concluded. The name of Piotr Graban won't disappear from London.

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