Plenty of sport on the beach in coming weeks

Free Press sport
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Bridlington’s south beach will play host to the 32nd Bridlington Open Volleyball Championship this weekend.

The highly regarded beach volleyball competition is played over two days and attracts competitors from all over the north of England.

Over 300 players will descend on Wilsthorpe for the annual competition, which is sponsored and supported by East Yorkshire Events.

The players compete in matches of pairs and teams of four. Competitors hailing from countries such as Brazil, Japan, Chile, Poland and Rwanda have all experienced the competition over the last two years.

Coun Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities, said: “It’s great to see such a melting pot of nationalities and cultures all coming together on our beaches through their love of sport. The influx of so many players means the beaches always remain absolutely packed throughout the weekend.

“These extra visitors to the town are always assured of a warm welcome and in turn they provide a huge boost to the Bridlington economy.”

Paul Roggeman from East Yorkshire Events said: “We are delighted to again be hosting such a superb event, which goes to show that there is no better coastal venue than Bridlington for beach and water-based activities.

“With the Open Volleyball, European Open Beach Championship in angling, British Open Darts Championship, International Martial Arts and many other activities, we are really highlighting our commitment to bring top class sporting events to the East Riding coast.”

Meanwhile, East Riding Sport, Play and Arts Service will be co-ordinating its annual Beach Sports Festival on Sunday, 20 July, below the park and ride on the south beach.

This is the sixth year the beach festival has run and every year it stages a wide range of sports, games and activities, from football and volleyball competitions to face painting and sand castle competitions, and, furthermore, it celebrates East Riding’s fantastic beaches as a great resource to play sport.

The festival includes some family activities, such as netball, provided by the Humber Sports Partnership, tag rugby taster sessions, organised by Bridlington Rugby Club, and also, new this year, boxing taster sessions, organised by The Roots Project.

Jenna Leach, coastal community sports coach and event organiser, said: “The Beach Sports Festival is always a great day out for all and is packed full of fun activities. There’s something for everyone to try and enjoy.”

Coun Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This will be a great day of sporting activity and we hope people will come down and join in the fun.

“Last year’s festival was fantastic with the sun shining and plenty of people on the beach enjoying the various activities and we hope this year will be even bigger and better.

“The festival is open to anyone who fancies a day out at the beach with their family or friends to watch the festival unfold or even join in.”