Olympic star in town to launch new club

Ben Pipes coaching youngsters in Bridlington
Ben Pipes coaching youngsters in Bridlington

The man who captained Great Britain’s volleyball team at the London Olympics in 2012 will help to launch a new club in Bridlington next week.

Ben Pipes, who is from East Yorkshire, will be running a coaching session at the opening night on Monday at East Riding Leisure Bridlington.

The club is being run by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Sport, Play and Arts Service and is aimed at adults aged 18 and over.

All abilities are welcome and the weekly sessions will be free of charge for an initial eight-week period, although activities will not take place on Bank Holidays.

Cllr Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture, said: “I am delighted that local sports star Ben Pipes is able to help us launch this new club.

“I very much hope that, over time, the volleyball club will be able to be sustained by participants and local players and develop strong links with other volleyball clubs across the region.

“If you would like to try something new, volleyball has plenty of benefits when improving both physical and mental health.

“It can also help improve muscular endurance, strength and overall flexibility of your body. So why not get involved and give it a go.”

The establishment of the volleyball club is part of the council’s Active Coast Programme, which will officially launch in Easter 2017 and aims to ‘provide residents and visitors opportunities to get active, be healthy and enjoy life on the East Yorkshire coast’.

The club also further enhances the provision for volleyball in the Bridlington area and will provide a strong link to the Go Spike beach courts, which are situated near Princess Mary Promenade and South Cliff Beach, near to Bridlington’s park and ride facility.

For more information on the club, please contact Adam Swann, assistant sport and active communities officer on 01482 392531 or email adam.swann@eastriding.gov.uk