Beach volleyball at Birmingham 2022
Beach volleyball makes a welcome return to the Commonwealth Games programme for Birmingham 2022 after impressing on its debut on Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018.
This fast-paced team sport is all about athleticism, teamwork and tactics and it is being tipped to be one of the star attractions of the home Games.
Who will represent Team England?
The race to secure Team England’s place in the men’s and women’s tournaments is a hotly contested one.
When beach volleyball made its Commonwealth Games debut in 2018, Jess Grimson/Victoria Palmer and Jake Sheaf/Chris Gregory were the chosen pairs and came close to winning bronze medals.
Now, with a burgeoning beach volleyball scene in England, there is an even larger group of rising stars who are fighting for the chance to represent their country, as proven at our Commonwealth Games Funding Tournament.
Four years after the Gold Coast, with the same fight and determination but with the roar of a home crowd cheering them on, the goal is to secure a place on the podium.
When will beach volleyball take place during the Commonwealth Games?
Beach volleyball will feature on nine out of 11 days of spectacular sporting action in Birmingham.
The home Games’ opening ceremony is set for Thursday, 28th July and two days later on Saturday, 30th July, the first athletes will step out onto the beach courts.
Featuring both weekends, beach volleyball continues right through the Games until its climax on Sunday, 7th August, the penultimate day of Birmingham 2022, when the battle for bronze, silver and gold medals climaxes.
How can I get tickets to watch beach volleyball at Birmingham 2022?
The main ticket ballot will open to everyone in September. Before that, a West Midlands ballot opened in mid-July, with an early release of tickets available for residents of the host region.
To apply for tickets, you will need to create an official ticketing account. Once you have registered your personal details, you will be able to enter a ballot to apply for tickets and Birmingham 2022 will be in touch to let you know when it is time to apply.
Where in Birmingham are the beach volleyball tournaments being held?
A bespoke arena is being built in the inner-city area of Smithfield to stage the beach volleyball as well as the 3v3 basketball and 3v3 wheelchair competitions. The computer generated image below gives you an idea of what to expect of the arena.
This urban setting is a stark contrast to the golden sands of Australia but will provide a fitting backdrop for our young and vibrant sport.
Watch back interviews from the day we unveiled the location to find out more.
Volleyball England and Birmingham 2022
As the sports body for beach volleyball - and also volleyball and sitting volleyball - we're working closely with organisers, key stakeholders and the wider volleyball community to ensure beach volleyball is one of the highlights of this huge sporting event.
We're working hard to ensure our Team England athletes have the best possible preparation going into the Games and that Birmingham 2022's legacy lives on for many years. Watch this space for further information in the run up to the Games.
How can I get involved in the Games and support Team England?
The search to find more than 13,000 volunteers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is on. There are also three specialist volunteer roles for beach volleyball. Prospective candidates can apply to the roles specifically using one of the codes below as part of the volunteer application form:
- Sport (Beach Volleyball Specialist) – SPT-VBV
- Results Technology Services (Beach Volleyball Statisticians) – RTS-VBV
- Sports Presentation & Medals – SPP-VBV
To apply to volunteer, visit www.birmingham2022.com/get-involved/volunteering
Birmingham 2022 will be the biggest sporting event to be staged in the UK since the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. To show your support for England’s beach volleyball athletes and stay abreast of the latest news, follow Volleyball England on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter.
For more information on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, visit www.birmingham2022.com.