Olympic Test Event sand to be used in new beach volleyball facilities across London
25th August 2011
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has donated 2274 tonnes of sand from the recent Olympic test event, the Visa FIVB Beach Volleyball International, to sports venues across London in a bid to increase interest and participation in the sport.
The sand originally came from a quarry in Godstone, Surrey.
Three sites have been selected; Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, The Score Sports Centre in Waltham Forest and Westminster Academy Sports Centre to use the sand for seven new courts, ready for an influx of new players inspired by the test event and Volleyball England's new 'Go Spike' campaign aimed at getting more people into the sport.
GB pair Lucy Boulton and Denise Johns made it to the bronze medal match but ended their competition in fourth, closely followed by the other Brits Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney in joint fifth, their efforts no doubt introducing a new fan base to the sport.
Debbie Jevans, LOCOG Director of Sport, said,"We want to leave a legacy for sport after the Games in a variety of ways, so it is great that the sand from our test event can be distributed to venues in this way, so legacy can start to happen before the Games have even begun. We hope that having these courts at different locations in London will inspire more young people to get involved in an exciting sport."
Lisa Wainwright, Chief Executive of Volleyball England said, "Through an innovative partnership between LOCOG, Sport England, and Volleyball England we are delighted to announce these new facilities. This will be the first set of legacy facilities operational in London before games time, all based within 10 miles of Horse Guards Parade. This is a fabulous opportunity for Londoners to come along to a local facility and give Beach Volleyball go, meet new friends, get healthier and maybe start a new sport for life."
Richard Callicott, President of Volleyball England said, "Beach Volleyball is a sport everybody can play and these new facilities will give everyone a chance to get involved with this great sport. I would like to thank LOCOG and Sport England for our partnership and working together to create a great legacy for Volleyball. To be able to say that we are putting in our legacy one year before the 2012 Games means we will be able to enthuse young people and run coaching clinics and teach people about Beach volleyball so that they can enjoy the Games even more."