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London Volleyball : London juniors prepare for the sand
Posted by Media Team on 2019/6/3 8:40:00 (44 reads)

Inter-regional junior beach competition
Working for places in July tournament
Open in new windowWith four medallist teams (from four) in the indoor English regional championships, London's focus is turning to the outdoors to see if their success can be repeated on the sand of Cardiff where they are to be played on Saturday and Sunday, 13-14th July.

It will be a two a-side competition format similar to (but not exactly the same as) the Continental Cup. For example:
South pair #1 v North pair #1
South pair #2 v North pair #2
If South wins both matches they win 2-0
Is South and North draw in matches the score is 1-1, then a decider to 15 pts between any two of the four players in the team decides the winner, the coaches having chosen the final pair.

Nominated teams must be forwarded to the organisers by 20th June so there are just three weeks for star players to make themselves known and to demonstrate their ability. The age limit is anyone born in 2002 or afterwards is eligible and two teams of two players will be selected for the boys and for the girls' competition.

The boys' head coach will be Peter Soczewka. The girls' head coach is yet to be appointed from strong candidates. Time is short and the only opportunity for assessment will be at the 2* event in Teddington on 16th June: [https://www.richmondvolleyball.co.uk/product/richmond-series] so competing there will be almost essential. Richmond's club events are always well run and enjoyable so players, even those who feel they are not yet at a regional representative standard, may like to enter the tournament.

Beach venues that currently offer training are:
Richmond Volleyball: https://www.richmondvolleyball.co.uk/beach/training
Deep Dish: https://www.deepdishbeach.com/london-academy
SideOut: Sundays 10-11 am. Ive Farm Sports Ground, E10 5UE, contact Gabi [Gabi@sideout.co.uk]

London's officer responsible for junior volleyball, Elsa Meserlian, said, "I'm very excited about the competition It's come at a time when our beach vendors in London are expanding their programmes with Will McDonald joining the Deep Dish team and attracting the kids from various programmes he is involved in. And SideOut going to their new venue and attracting the locals following the CEV event on the weekend. This should mean a lot more kids introduced to the sport in London

Source, Elsa Meserlian

Additional information, Barbara Echevarria

Picture, Feel Good Too, Leyton, L B Waltham Forest

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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