BM. Granollers, the oldest club in the Spanish league (ASOBAL), will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2014. A group of BM. Granollers collaborators and supporters, with the backing of the club’s Foundation, have formed a commission to set in motion a project called ‘Trophy Room of BM. Granollers'. This project will be one of the commemorative events of the 70th anniversary next year.
The project consists of 3 steps:
To restore 17 of the most important trophies won by BM. Granollers’ senior team: 2 Spanish Championship Cups ‘11 aside handball’, 1 Spanish Championship Cup in the club’s permanent possession, 3 Spanish League Cups in the club’s permanent possession, 2 Supreme General's Cups, 1 EHF Cup Winners' Cup, 2 EHF Cups, 1 ASOBAL Cup, 4 Catalan League Cups and 1 Pyrenees League Cup.
To compile the catalogue 'Trophy Room of BM. Granollers'. This catalogue will consist of 40 odd pages of good quality paper. It will include photographs of the restored cups coupled with texts written by various local journalists such as Santi Montagud, Karles Torra and Joan Viñallonga.
To exhibit the restored trophies and present the catalogue to the general public during the spring of 2014.
Jaume Vivé and Älex Viaña, members of the 70th Anniversary Commission, with Miquel Prat, the captain of the team that won the 1976 EHF Cup Winners' Cup
WHAT WILL WE DO WITH THE MONEY COLLECTED THROUGH THIS CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN?
The 2500 euro we hope to make will be used to cover steps 1 and 2 of the project ‘Trophy Room of BM. Granollers’, that is to restore the above listed 17 trophies (see detailed list) and to produce an accompanying catalogue.
Spanish Championship Cup in the club’s permanent possession from the 3 consecutive sessions 1955-56, 56-57, 57-58
‘Carlos Albert’ Trophy, Spanish Premier Professional League, in the club’s permanent possession from the 3 consecutive sessions 1965-66, 66-67, 67-68
The coach Joaquin Crespo ‘Quini’, and his second coach Ferran Raga with the 1976 EHF Cup Winners' Cup
RECOUNTING MEMORIES OF BM. GRANOLLERS
Each day during the 40 days this campaign lasts, we will publish a series of interviews on VERKAMI’s Blog. The interviewees are all people who have been very involved with the club at different stages throughout its history. With their stories and anecdotes they are contributing to one of the most important tasks set in motion by this campaign, which is to spread the story of one of the most genuine and beloved clubs in Catalan sport. A club that even today fills the hearts of many handbol lovers with pride.
Alex Viaña interviewing Pep Vilà, the most senior Spanish coach and the most acclaimed in all the history of BM. Granollers
CALENDAR FOR DELIVERY OF REWARDS
The catalogue will be given to contributors to the campaign on the day of the public presentation of the restored trophies some time in the spring of 2014. The exact date has yet to be confirmed.
The rest of the rewards (entrance tickets, merchandise, training sessions...) will be effective from the beginning of January 2014 until the end of the current Spanish League (ASOBAL) in May.
Two ex-captains of BM Granollers, Alex Viaña and Carlos Viver, invite you to enjoy one of the rewards we are offering: Train with the first team of BM. Granollers!
BM. GRANOLLERS, PIONEERS IN CROWDFUNDING
In 1955 the first court in all Spain exclusively for handball was inaugurated in Granollers. Lluis Sitjes, the president of the club at the time, started a local fundraising campaign to collect money to finance the building of this outdoor court and stands known as ‘Pavelló de l’Esport’.
A poem dedicated to the ‘Pavelló de L’Esport’, which was published in the magazine celebrating BM. Granollers 10th anniversary
A certificate with the distinction of contributor to the 1955 fundraising campaign to help build the outdoor court and stands ‘Pavelló de l’Esport’ in Tetuan street, Granollers
The late Marti Font (trying to stop a penalty) and Josep Fontdevila (in the background), 2 legendary players from both BM. Granollers and the Spanish Selection on the court in Tetuan street
We would like to thank everyone who has helped to get this project off the ground, especially the protagonists of the 40 interviews we will be publishing in the VERKAMI blog during the 40 days crowdfunding. We would also like to thank the photographer Jordi Ribó and his model Miquel Prat for our wonderful campaign photographs. And finally, everyone who from this point on decides to collaborate with us, thank you very much! Pit i Collons!