kemerovo

Kemerovo is one of the largest industrial centres of Russia, the capital of the Kuzbass region. The Siberian region is the main coal basin of the country, famous for its nature reserves and ski resorts, and for its volleyball community. The local volleyball club Kuzbass features in domestic and international competitions.

Kemerovo is located at a distance of 3,600 km from Moscow, in the GMT+7 time zone. A journey by car from the Russian capital takes about 36 hours, with flights at around four-and-a-half hours. Direct flights connect Kemerovo International Airport with Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Abakan, St. Petersburg and Simferopol.

History and landmarks

In 2021 Kuzbass celebrates its 300th anniversary. At the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries, during the development of Siberia, a "combustible stone" was discovered in this area - coal. Active development of mining for coal began at the start of the 20th century. A small village, the county town of Scheglovsk was established in this location in 1918, where immigrants employed in the coal industry gathered. In 1932 the county town was renamed Kemerovo.

The Krasnaya Gorka Museum showcases the rich history of Kemerovo and Kuzbass. Part of the museum is a unique landscape on the banks of the Tom River, where the iconic Gorely Mountain rises, a kind of symbol of the connection between the history of nature and the history of development of the entire Kuzbass. It was here that the "combustible stone" was discovered.

The building of the main office of the mine and the house of the mine manager - the first stone buildings dating back to 1916 - are some of the oldest structures of Kemerovo surviving to this day. After the end of World War II, the city began to be actively built up, with multi-storey buildings and new micro-districts appearing. Today Kemerovo has over 550,000 residents.

Kuzbass is a protected area in the mountains of Southern Siberia. These are forests preserved from the time of the Ice Age, pristine lakes and picturesque meadows, to which everyone wants to return again and again, with hills and rocks, caves with stalactites and stalagmites and mountain ranges that create a unique atmosphere. Light and fluffy snow, a large number of sunny days, low avalanche danger and magnificent landscapes make the ski resorts of Kuzbass attractive for outdoor enthusiasts.

Volleyball

Citizens began to play volleyball in Kemerovo with the help of Tomsk students in 1929, back in the district town of Scheglovsk. They pulled a rope and played, throwing the ball to each other in the courtyard of the State Bank. The new sport was especially loved by girls who lacked summer sports - at that time football was an exclusively male game. Before the war, volleyball teams were set up at the sports societies of Dynamo, Spartak, Azot and Rotfront. Today, the traditions of volleyball in Kemerovo are carried by more than 4,000 citizens who are actively involved in the sport. More than 100 amateur teams cater to Kemerovo citizens who are not indifferent to the "flying ball". Beach volleyball is a frequent leisure activity among local residents in warm weather.

In 2008, the year of the 80th anniversary of volleyball in Kemerovo, the men's professional volleyball club of Kuzbass was founded in the city. Professional volleyball players from other cities of Russia were invited to join the team. During the first two seasons, Kuzbass was a member of the A League of the Russian Championship, and in 2010 Kuzbass was promoted to the Superleague. Kuzbass made the final of the 2011 and 2017 Russian Cup competitions, but both times had to settle for the silver medal.

Ten years after the foundation of the club, Kuzbass celebrated a landmark anniversary winning the Russian championship, followed by the Russian Super Cup the very next year. At the end of the 2019-20 season, Kemerovo reached the semifinals in its debut in the European Champions League. The team invariably enjoys the support of sellout crowds in its home arena, and fans with glowing eyes pick up the ball and go to the volleyball court following the example of their sports idols.

In 2008, the year of the 80th anniversary of volleyball in Kemerovo, the men's professional volleyball club of Kuzbass was founded in the city. Professional volleyball players from other cities of Russia were invited to join the team. During the first two seasons, Kuzbass was a member of the A League of the Russian Championship, and in 2010 Kuzbass was promoted to the Superleague. Kuzbass made the final of the 2011 and 2017 Russian Cup competitions, but both times had to settle for the silver medal.