Bundesliga club Straubing relies on its opportunity in a niche as a "springboard club" in the fight for talent against financially stronger clubs.
The end of the season in German indoor volleyball is often a time of farewell, because the more professional the local league becomes, the more the duration of the contracts will be shortened. Hardly a professional player ties herself for more than a year. Especially clubs from the midfield or from the bottom of the table take this tendency, because their best after one season already move on to the next or better paid station. While high-budget teams are spoiled for choice, clubs like last year's starter NawaRo Straubing must either take who's left or look for a niche "where no-one else is looking for us," as coach Benedikt Frank says.
The size of the niche is gradual. Also Straubing's Lower Bavarian competitor Vilsbiburg has to keep house and therefore relies for years on young talents or players from overseas who want to create the entry into the German league. Vilsbiburg's recent commitments Jodie Guilliams (outside attacker / most recently Aachen), Nikki Taylor (Diagonal / Finland) and Alyse Wallace-Ford (outside attack / USA) are still on a different footing, financially too, than potential entrances to Straubing.
After Straubing made it into the league in the spring, there was certainly planning security early on; in the targeted Elferkader is according to Frank only one place free. In the preseason chronically understaffed department center block is to include in the future three players. The renewals of Captain Celin Stöhr and Lena Große Scharmann also suggest that the concept to accommodate the players in the training, apparently.
Scharmann graduated from high school in Stuttgart with a compulsory attendance, ie more than 300 kilometers away from her employer. After a strong second half, in which she smashed into the top ten of the best point collectors in the league, the diagonal attacker had several offers from the league. "But that would have made the concession on the subject of studying zero," says Frank. For the 21-year-old was therefore even the end of career debate. "But somehow you do not get it over your heart," says Große Scharmann, "and Straubing takes a lot of consideration."
She is not alone with the double burden in the team. Lisa Izquierdo has been completing vocational training for the past year. Also, the new playback player Magdalene Gryka, who looks back at stations in Azerbaijan, Poland and several German Bundesliga clubs at the age of 25, was due to study reasons to the end of her career. "But I called her and we quickly agreed," says Frank.
It is important to note that "priority is still on volleyball". Frank wants to prevent the impression that he is gathering a hobby troupe of former top players in Straubing. The fact that he attaches so much importance to the external effect at this point has to do with the fact that the dual career planning is only half of the concept. For players like the 18-year-old Norwegian Oda Løvø Steinsvåg, who is supposed to strengthen the block, "come because we now have the reputation of making good athletic work". Straubing's role as a "stepping stone club" is to keep and foster Straubing – even if that means that some players will leave again in the spring to take the next career step elsewhere.
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