CEV launches inaugural Beach Volleyball Summer Festival
“The introduction of the Beach Volleyball Summer Festival does fulfil our intention to expand our development projects with the long-term goal to support the sport and get as many young people as possible introduced to Beach Volleyball” CEV President André Meyer says. “We are starting this ambitious project by supporting two youth festivals in the Netherlands and England. Though they differ in their concept, they share the same ultimate goal which is to make sure the young generations get to know Beach Volleyball and especially get to feel the uniqueness of this sport that has turned into one of the most successful and popular disciplines included on the Olympic program”.
As the Dutch Volleyball Federation (NeVoBo) will be hosting the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship in The Hague, the organizers have decided to attempt a world record in conjunction with that event, i.e. to set up 500 Beach Volleyball courts there in Scheveningen where amateur players will be able to compete and enjoy the unique flavour of this sport. This follows up on the very successful premiere celebrated last year by the time Scheveningen did host the European Beach Volleyball Championship – Final and with the support of CEV and Mikasa, the organizers aim at seeing the event grow in 2013 and 2014 to become the major Youth Beach Volleyball event in the Netherlands. The CEV will be supporting the festival – which is scheduled for June 15 – by providing Mikasa branded nets and Beach Volleyballs. The festival is not only addressed to young players but will be also developing the skills of sports teachers and coaches of clubs from all over the Netherlands. During the festival the Dutch Federation will organize a seminar for its youth Beach Volleyball coaches.
The second event included on the program of the inaugural CEV Beach Volleyball Summer Festival is the Sandbanks Beach Volleyball Festival scheduled for July 5-7 at Sandbanks Beach, Poole, England. A total of 20 separate age group and gender competitions – including the British Junior Beach Volleyball Championships and the English South West Regional Junior Beach Volleyball Championships – will be held there on 40 up to 45 courts on a natural sand beach.
The event – promoted by Volleyball England – follows up on the unique legacy of the London Olympics and is most likely to deliver new and committed Beach Volleyball players. Once the festival comes to a close, the balls and nets provided by CEV and its partner Mikasa will be used to support 3 key youth projects in the South West of England. One of such projects is part of a wider Volleyball academy being run by former GBR assistant coach Joel Banks with GBR Olympians Ben Pipes and Dan Hunter as the Volleyball coaches. A former FIVB World Tour player, Denise Austin, will be running a series of Junior King & Queen of the beaches on some of the UK’s best seaside resorts throughout the summer where nets and balls provided by CEV and Mikasa will be used too. Moreover, the technical equipment to be dispatched for the Sandbanks Summer Festival will be used also by the Wessex Volleyball Club to run Beach Volleyball sessions each evening and at weekends.