A NEW club league that gives volleyball stars who have finished their collegiate tours of duty a new lease on life in their careers comes off the wraps on July 7 at the Philsports Arena.
The Philippine Super Liga Invitationals is organized by SportsCore in partnership with Solar Sports and aims to sustain the resurgence of the sport over the past several years.
Volleyball has gained headway in recent years with the successful programs by the UAAP, NCAA and the Shakey's V-League, but SportsCore saw the need for a club destination for the athletes who have finished their collegiate playing years.
"SportsCore will try to raise the level of competition in the sport with the Philippine Super Liga, the very first club volleyball league in the Philippines," said PSL Invitational Commissioner Ian Laurel.
"We hope the PSL will be the next venue that allows players to develop high-level skills in a local setting that conforms to the international standards of the sport. The PSL should be a league that puts premium on the advancement of a volleyball player to pursue the sport after college."
Laurel also noted that there has been a huge decline in high-level volleyball competitions in the last 10 years, proof of which is the absence of national teams available for international competitions despite the flourishing commercial and school-based volleyball leagues which have gained huge followings.
"Volleyball is the most watched event in the Olympics. It is one of the most popular sports in the world. The Philippines must pounce on the advances gained by the sport and make itself a powerhouse at least in the region," Laurel said.
Other than TV partner Solar Sports, the PSL has received valuable technical backing and support from the Philippine Sports Commission, the San Juan Arena, Healthway Medical, LGR outfitter, Lenovo, Vibram Five Fingers, Pagcor, Mikasa. The league is sanctioned by the Philippine Volleyball Federation.
SportsCore is a sports event and management group founded by several of the country's seasoned sports events managers and organizers on whose credit includes the organization of the coming Fourth Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand next year.