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Sandbanks Youth Beach Volleyball Festival thriving after only two years

The Sandbanks Youth Beach Volleyball Summer Festival will be one of 13 events taking place across Europe this summer to be supported by CEV and its long-time partner Mikasa

Sandbanks, England, July 2, 2014 – The town of Sandbanks on the south coast of England will continue its impressive growth as a beach volleyball hub as organisers get ready to welcome greater numbers to the 2014 Sandbanks Youth Beach Volleyball Summer Festival from July 5-6. 

The tournament first took place in July 2013 with the support of the European Confederation, the Confederation of European Volleyball and the FIVB’s official ball supplier, Mikasa. 

It was an instant hit and one year on entries have grown 33 percent to over 140 teams from both genders. In total there will be 22 separate competitions for teams ranging in age from 12 to 22. Alongside the Youth Festival 40 adult teams will compete in the 2014 4 versus 4 British Championships. 

“The support of the CEV & Mikasa last year has energised young beach volleyball players to participate in the festival and for young players this is now the event to be at,” organiser Geoff Allen said. 

"We are particularly pleased to see over 28 teams entering in the U14 age group as this will ensure development of tomorrow’s beach volleyball stars in England. We will be using the balls and nets supplied by the CEV and Mikasa in 2013 for this year’s Festival and are grateful for the continued support of the CEV.” 

The Sandbanks Youth Beach Volleyball Summer Festival is one of 13 Summer Beach Volleyball Festivals taking place across Europe this summer with the first on Lyo Beach in Kolding in Denmark. 

“The CEV is committed to the continual development of volleyball and beach volleyball across Europe and that the Summer Beach Volleyball Festivals were envisaged to bring young people together to play this most exciting sport,” CEV President Andre Meyer said. 

"I am very pleased to announce that the CEV’s long term ball partner Mikasa has supported this activity and in fact together we have designed a special CEV Summer Festival Beach Volleyball that has enabled the supported events to quadruple in 2014.” 

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