Beach volleyball stars to play in Bridlington

Beach volleyball championships are played each year in Bridlington.
Beach volleyball championships are played each year in Bridlington.

Bridlington’s south beach will host Britain’s top beach volleyball competition this summer.

The resort will welcome the Volleyball England Beach Tour in August, for the first time in eight years, with former Olympic Games stars expected to be involved.

Coun Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture, said: “We are delighted to have secured this event and we look forward to welcoming some of the country’s elite beach volleyball players to Bridlington.

“This event fits perfectly with our Active Coast vision which aims to provide residents and visitors with the opportunity to take part in year round leisure and cultural activity on the East Riding coastline.

“It also enables us to showcase our beautiful coastline and award winning beaches whilst watching a premier sporting event.”

Rounds will be held in Great Yarmouth, Skegness, Weymouth and Bridlington, before the finals are played in Margate.

The Bridlington event will take place between 9am and 5pm on August 6 and 7, with free entry to watch the matches. Coaches will also be available to provide tuition and equipment for anyone wishing to try the game.

Lisa Wainwright, chief executive at Volleyball England, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing beach volleyball back to the Yorkshire coastline.

“We always had a fantastic response at previous competitions so we’re looking forward to our return.

“There are some fantastic beach players in the region and we hope residents and visitors will enjoy this showcase. Never mind Rio, the best of the English beach volleyball will be in Yorkshire this summer.”

The Beach Tour is the finale to a number of events, which will see coaching sessions held at Bridlington’s two secondary schools this month.

There will be a taster volleyball day athe the town’s new leisure centre on July 1, with the annual Bridlington Beach Volleyball Open a week later.

A Beach Sports Festival will be held on July 24 with the Go Spike Big Weekend at the end of August.