06. 02. 2020

POL W: Famous Polish setter Śliwa returns to active career at age of 50

Source: sport.tvp.pl; Photo: Anna Kaczmarz/Dziennik Polski/Polska Press

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Magdalena Śliwa, a 2-time European champion with the Poland Women’s Volleyball National Team, will return to an active career after a 5-year break.


The legendary Polish setter Śliwa, currently the head coach of the club competing in the country’s 3rd division (II Liga Kobiet), TS Wisła Kraków, decided to return to the court at the age of 50! In January, she was officially registered to compete. The winner of the CEV European Championship twice (one-time Best Setter), Polish Championship 3 times, Italian Championship one time, and CEV Cup Winners’ Cup one time played until the age of 45 (retired in 2015 while wearing the jersey of Grot Budowlani Łódź).

As she stated for TVP Sport, Śliwa decided to return to an active career due to the fact that the club’s starting setter is injured, while the backup setter often complains about health issues. Śliwa didn’t make her re-debut yet. However, she joined the omnipresent trend of female volleyball players that have returned or plan to return to an active career in advanced age for it, in the last few months, such as Piccinini or Kirillova.

This trend has occupied the men’s volleyball as well.



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POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

All this because volleyball is not e real professional sport and many clubs are managed with people with (almost) zero experience and knowledge in volleyball. And they manage money from state companies or government directly. Do not expect that that people will think differently. That is why volleyball will never move to another level and will always have some small “make up” in the future Reply

POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

Many Strength and Conditioning Coaches/Scoutman are trying to get into coaching. Due to their lack of experience and knowledge, at first, they take a major pay cut in comparison to actual volleyball coaches. Currently, coaching jobs are paying very little, even in the top leagues, and some of the experienced coaches are not taking jobs for 25.000-40.000 EUR, knowing that demands are just as high as before when they were making double of this salary. Unfortunately, club leaderships see coaches as a disposable matter and therefore keep dropping salaries because there are candidates that will take these jobs. I am not here to judge, just to describe some of the dynamics around this profession. Reply

POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

Interesting trend, that some coaches who specialised on physical training, some who never played volleyball on top level, became pretty successful volleyball coaches. It can be observed in some menś and women teams. It reflects a situation that volleyball has become a very physical sport. Even the world champion country, which in past had taught others, needs coaches from abroad who come into this category. Reply