England’s national beach soccer team was busy training on Skegness beach over the weekend in preparation for an important qualifier in Valence, France, next month.
Skegness, the sport’s new national home, had been scheduled to host the opening round of a national tournament, but that had to be postponed so that England could focus on the big qualifier.
Success in the qualifiers could see England promoted to the international A Division - a long sought after ambition for the team.
Speaking last week about the team’s success, England manager David Jones said: “The team have worked really hard to get this far and we’re delighted that we’ve made it to the qualifiers.
“We are now only six games from promotion and this is the closest we’ve ever been before.
“Becoming an A Division team will offer so many more opportunities and provide an even better quality of soccer than we’re playing now.
“This is great both for our team and for England’s sport.”
Plans to create the first national beach sport stadium on Skegness beach are also progressing and it is hoped the facility will be built in time to host the tournament final in September.