Top volleyball stars set for Skegness

Top volleyball players will be competing on Skegness beach this summer.
Top volleyball players will be competing on Skegness beach this summer.
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England’s top beach volleyball talent is set to take to the sand in Skegness this summer, it has been announced.

The very best of England’s beach volleyball players will descend on Skegness for the start of the Volleyball England Beach Tour.

Last year the Olympic Beach Volleyball competition at Horse Guard’s Parade took the country by storm, and on June 15-16 competitors will come to Skegness to launch this year’s national competition.

East Lindsey District Council’s portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism, Coun Adam Grist, said: “We are very excitedto be able to play host to the tour.

“For the first time, the event will be exclusively televised on Sky Sports. As well as being able to watch first class sport in the resort, people can also have a go themselves.

“We are committed to bringing affordable sporting, cultural and arts events to the district all year round, so this really is a major coup for us. It really will be a fun day out for all the family.”

The event is free to watch.

Volleyball England’s ‘Go Spike’ come-and-try beach courts will also be available to practice your own skills for free.

Lisa Wainwright, Chief Executive of Volleyball England, added: “We are committed to raising the profile of volleyball through events such as the Beach Tour and hope to inspire and encourage more people to play, watch and get involved in the sport.

“Since the London 2012 Games last summer we have seen a huge increase in traffic to the Go Spike website and emails from people wanting to try out volleyball for themselves.

“Volleyball is great for boosting fitness levels, developing skills and generally having fun whilst being active.

“For the second year running Red Bull are providing support to the tour; with a bespoke athlete area which will ensure all participants are energised to push their limits in the competition”

After Skegness, the tour will continue in Weston-super-Mare, Great Yarmouth, Weymouth and Margate. Players will be able to enter this year’s tour by via the Volleyball England website by May 1, 2013.

To find out more about the VEBT, to play and opportunities to get involved with volleyball in your area, visit www.volleyballengland.org and www.gospike.net.