East Midlands volleyball on the beach – Summer 2017
In between all the usual summer volleyball tournaments that players can enjoy (Sandbanks, Bridlington, Bristol, Cambridge to name just a few) East midlands players had a couple of events more local to attend and enjoy.
The East Midlands is host to 2 sand courts areas, Loughborough and Kettering and they have been busy.
Kettering is home to the National Volleyball Centre as well as several sand volleyball courts.
They have been holding a regular ‘King of the Beach’ competiton and also held one of the East Mids Junior sessions.
Loughborough University home to Volleyball England head office and 3 sand courts has held another successful weekly evening tournament over the course of summer where players sign up every friday for a chance to play the following Tuesday. 45 players are divided randomly in to 9 teams and then play for points and each individual player carries her/his teams points on to the next week. This results in a King and Queen of the beach by the final week. Anyone (16yrs plus) can sign up regardless of where you live or your ability.
For more information visit our Facebook page – EM Beach.
Well done to Luiza Da Silva and Yan Pyter
12th August saw the inaugural event of the East Midlands competition for mens and womens pairs and saw teams enter form the North West, North East and West Midlands.
Winners: Viktoryia Glazewska / Rhian McCarroll
Runners up: Gabriela Pecovska / Joanna Langwald
Joint 3rd: Lesley So / Suzy Stevenson and Cristina Sechel / Jitka Jizerová
Plate winners: Mya Sewell / Emily Smith
Winners: Roland Szucs / Balint Furdek
Runners up: Jan Pyter / Radek Makuch
Joint 3rd: Joel Matthews / Dan Minicucci and Ettore Varotto / George Kalogeropoulos
Junior beach volleyball was also in action over the summer and well represented by the 5 counties in the East Mids. A series of junior training / competitions were held mainly at Loughborough beach (and Kettering) in a bid to get more juniors interested.
A number of clubs now have junior sections and more and and more schools are providing volleyball as an after school club.
The East Midlands junior volleyball development squad head coach Ian Clews is always looking for individual players, schools and clubs to contact him and get involved at the various training sessions and competitons across the East Mids through out the year.
Contact Ian Clews for more information