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London Volleyball : Very young following European Beach Volleyball stars
Posted by Media Team on 2019/7/9 9:20:00 (92 reads)

Junior beach volleyball
Sunday mornings in Leyton
Their skills did not match those of the elite players playing for Olympic Qualification at the London Borough of Waltham Forest sponsored Beach Volleyball Continental Cup round in late May. Little more did they match those of the adult players around them assembling for this year's "All Nations" beach volleyball tournament. However, their determination, effort, enthusiasm and delight matched the adults' along side; and these kids were all under eleven.

Open in new windowHaving hosted Europe’s elite athletes who in turn inspired the local youth that were watching or volunteering at the event in May, SideOut Beach Volleyball Club has now opened its doors to all youngsters interested in learning the sport. Led by Gabi Kontopoulos-Medricka and SideOut’s experienced team of qualified coaches, Junior beach volleyball training sessions now take place twice a week: 6-10 year olds train every Sunday morning from 10-11am and 11-16 year olds train every Tuesday afternoon 5-6pm.
London junior beach volleyball is building its base at the Feel Good Too Centre at Ive Farm playing fields and SideOut would welcome any others who’d like to join.

Seven weeks on, all were continuing to enjoy themselves and to improve their skills when I visited on Sunday (7th July). Being for youngsters, the activities stood out from those around them with their spontaneity. In other ways, its coach led nature created similarities with the many courts around - until I heard a player call the coach, "Mummy". This was a lot of fun as well as learning but, as the world has seen in many sports, mummies go on to produce the stars.

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

Additional Material, Mark Kontopoulos

Picture, Gabi Kontopoulos-Medricka

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