The impact of the coronavirus on the UK Beach Tour
18th May 2020
All but a limited number of events have been removed from the UK Beach Tour (UKBT) calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the government giving its clearest indication yet of the country’s response to the virus in the next few months; it has become clear that it will not be possible to host all planned beach volleyball events this summer.
Therefore, UKBT, Volleyball England’s official beach tour delivery partner, has cancelled all but the following events:
- Bridlington Grand Slam (Due to be held between 29th and 30th August)
- Bournemouth Grand Slam Championships (Due to be held between 5th and 6th September)
The events listed above are subject to change.
The Edinburgh Grand Slam has been cancelled, however, the UKBT is in positive talks with organisers in regards to bringing the event to the Scottish capital for the first time in 2021.
The Weymouth Grand Slam has also been cancelled following a meeting with the local council. The event has only ever been cancelled once before in 37 years, and that was during the London 2012 Olympics.
Jake Sheaf, UKBT Director, said: “When government guidelines start to indicate that we can resume events, we will work with the tournament organisers to implement a calendar that is fair when it comes to: star distribution, location distribution and no key clashes. There will be the possibility that we schedule events for late summer – September, October – too.
“When we can resume tournaments, we will ensure that all event organisers are complying with government safety procedures, so players feel safe whilst competing. We will also be relaxing event criteria to ensure that events are able to run. This will be especially prominent in 4 star and Grand Slam Series events. Details will be released in due course.
“Thank you all for your continued support and I hope everyone is staying active and healthy. In the meantime, we have lots going on over on our social media channels so be sure to check it out.”