VEBT Championships draw ever closer
3rd August 2017
With the revamped Volleyball England Beach Tour (VEBT) in full flow, leading players will now be looking to secure their places at the new-look Championships finale taking place in Poole across the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August.
The flagship event of the weekend will be the 5* Championships competition, open to the 24 highest ranked pairs from this summer’s packed VEBT schedule, with the winners being crowned as the English national champions.
The three day beach volleyball bonanza also features a 4* Plate competition for those players who didn’t make it into the top 24, plus a mixed fours and a mixed pairs competition. A further new addition to this year’s calendar is the VEBT Awards Night which will take place on the Saturday (August 26). There’s even a corporate competition for local businesses on the Friday.
With multiple events around the country having come together under one single banner, the VEBT now boasts an impressive roster of 45 tournaments, all run by a handful of independent operators. Players have therefore had ample opportunity to rack up the ranking points which might just secure them a spot at the Championships – and they still have several more weeks to continue doing so.
The countdown begins
In starting to count down the remaining weeks until the Poole competition, Jake Sheaf, director at tournament organisers Deep Dish, said: “This first year of the VEBT’s new format has worked out better than any of us could have hoped for. More events, more organisers, more locations; it’s been such a positive step forward for the beach game. And it’s brought to our attention new players that we didn’t even know were out there.”
“I hope that the Championships in late August can now act as a celebration of what’s been a great season so far. This is a chance to get people mingling; everyone from the country’s leading players through to those who just want to play more recreationally in the mixed pairs and fours competitions. With the whole of the Canford Cliffs beach in Poole available to us, there are no concerns about not having enough space for however many courts we need! I’m also really excited about the Awards night as that sees the return of something we haven’t had for several years now; the chance to recognise the leading lights of the beach season.”
With the concept of the new VEBT not coming into play until April, organisers didn’t have too much time to get their 2017 plans in place. Nevertheless, they rallied around and have laid on a hugely impressive calendar of events throughout the summer. Sheaf is quick to point out that with more time to prepare next season, the Tour should continue to go from strength to strength.
For now though, it’s all about the scramble for the Champions Race ranking points which will secure a spot at the 5* event. Although there are a few ranking events scheduled to take place during September, points from these events will be carried over to the 2018 Champions Race.
Anyone interested in finding out more, or to register for any of the events at the Championships weekend, can do so via the Deep Dish website.