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INNOVATIVE: Beach volleyball

OLYMPIC ORGANISERS have donated 2,274 tonnes of sand from the recent Olympic test event, the Visa FIVB Beach Volleyball International, to sports venues across London in a bid to increase interest and participation in the sport. The sand originally came from a quarry in Godstone, Surrey.

Three sites have been selected; Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, The Score Sports Centre in Waltham Forest and Westminster Academy Sports Centre to use the sand for seven new courts, ready for an influx of new players inspired by the test event and Volleyball England’s new ‘Go Spike’ campaign aimed at getting more people into the sport.

Lisa Wainwright, chief executive of Volleyball England said:

“Through an innovative partnership between LOCOG, Sport England, and Volleyball England we are delighted to announce these new facilities.

“This will be the first set of legacy facilities operational in London before games time, all based within 10 miles of Horse Guards Parade.

“This is a fabulous opportunity for Londoners to come along to a local facility and give Beach Volleyball go, meet new friends, get healthier and maybe start a new sport for life.”

Richard Callicott, president of Volleyball England said:

“Beach Volleyball is a sport everybody can play and these new facilities will give everyone a chance to get involved with this great sport.”

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