Lothar Benz, coach of the ladies’s volleyball workforce at TSF Ditzingen, is joyful a couple of profitable season – however he is additionally affected by one fear or the opposite, as he admits in interviews.
As a newcomer, the TSF Ditzingen volleyball workforce is extraordinarily profitable within the regional league – earlier than the beginning of the brand new yr, coach Lothar Benz’s workforce is in second place and is within the midst of a promotion race. A defeat on this Saturday’s (2.30 PM) recreation at SV Felbach might be a minor blow.
Mister Benz, your workforce is in second place. Aren’t you somewhat shocked?
As a promoted workforce, the objective was actually to remain within the league, so we’re really a bit shocked ourselves about this success. Overall, we have now hardly modified the workforce, we have now acquired a brand new participant – and she or he has performed in Ditzingen earlier than. So the squad is nearly unchanged, so it is much more stunning that we had been in a position to be taught so effectively within the regional leagues.
But you may positively clarify success to some extent.
We actually performed exterior the extent of most different groups within the Oberliga, so it was clear to us that we might earn factors within the Regionalliga. But we have now to offer our 100 per cent. The workforce has lots of expertise, particularly from gamers who had been energetic within the increased leagues. And so we normally have higher playing cards in video games that last more or when a rally covers an extended distance. And that is necessary.
The second place is the place of exile. There’s the risk of promotion, is not it?
(Laughs) Yes, of course. Second within the desk, you may at least get into relegation and will the brand new Zweite Liga Pro come alongside, which it appears to be like like, some groups might be pulled up from the underside. There will in all probability be fewer relegated groups and there could also be extra promoted groups in regional leagues. That’s why progress is at risk. The query is whether or not we’ll take note of it because the monetary burden within the regional leagues is a lot increased than within the Premier League.
Does it imply in Euros?
I can not inform you the precise numbers what else we will anticipate within the third division. High referee and affiliation prices should be borne, which in whole exceed 1000 Euros. We pay for the onward journey from our personal pocket. As a coach, I mainly work on a voluntary foundation and I do not get any cash from the gamers, not even journey allowance. Financially, the third league could be a enterprise the place we prime it. We do it for the enjoyable of the sport and of course success is enjoyable too.
In addition, the corridor must be upgraded to make it appropriate for the league.
I agree In addition, within the third league we should spotlight the volleyball court docket in shade – which should be clarified within the metropolis and for this we might even should dig into our pockets. We should proceed to verify the referee has a podium – we do not have that both. With us, the referee is nonetheless standing on a very regular field ingredient. It would not sound like lots of cash, however finally we do not have that cash.
Are there no highly effective sponsors?
Due to Corona we have now not been in a position to host any event or different occasion to earn something lately. We have three or 4 sponsors for this season, quantities that permit us to print on shirts and pay for tracksuits or tools. But nothing is left of these quantities to pay for supplies or any charges.
If promoted, will all gamers observe go well with?
Of course, time is a difficulty. We have some households and children, and if you need to journey to the guts of Bavaria on the weekend, it takes time. In the regional league, we even drive as much as two hours a technique. And then there are extra recreation days within the third division, which may grow to be a burden.
TSV Flacht is seeking to begin within the Second League Pro, however is presently taking part in within the District League. Are you afraid that some gamers will go away once more?
I might think about that possibly there could be a knock on the door in Ditzingen too – this has occurred repeatedly previously, as a rule it was simply knocking. I startled him, and if the gamers left, we must plan in another way for subsequent season.
Higher division girls’s volleyball is represented by German champions Allianz MTV Stuttgart, with in all probability TSV Flech within the second division Pro and presumably TSF Ditzingen within the third division.
Yes, it is a matter of happiness that we have now sturdy corporations on this sector who assist the sport and provides some freedom to the sport. Stuttgart and Flach can actually profit from this – and so can we. Other areas which might be economically weak haven’t had these alternatives for a very long time.
Still, a volleyball participant might not grow to be wealthy.
I just lately talked to somebody who has some data of the scene. A participant taking part in at Bundesliga degree would not earn lots of cash. If she transfers to Daimler, she ought to get extra out of her recreation. Unlike an expert soccer participant, you can’t present for previous age.
The month-to-month wage of a firstclass participant ought to be round 2000 to 3000 Euros.
I do know individuals who performed soccer within the Premier League alongside their jobs and acquired nearly the identical quantity for it.
What concerning the offspring in Ditzingen? Do you might have lots of site visitors or do it’s essential to fear?
We have little or no coaching time and only a few coaches, so we do not have as broad a base as we might actually like. Unfortunately, this by no means occurred. Ultimately, with a view to proceed working efficiently for the longer term at TSF Ditzingen and to instill this sense of achievement, particularly within the regional leagues, we have now to be a lot broader.