Beach athletes to go head-to-head at B2022 funding contest
22nd June 2021
England’s top beach volleyball athletes will compete for funding to aid their Birmingham 2022 preparations at a major tournament in Poole next month.
On the sands of Canford Cliffs Beach between 9th and 11th July, 10 teams will vie for the chance to secure a slice of the £72,000 funding that has been setup to help England make it onto the podium at next year’s Commonwealth Games.
Spectators will be able to watch England’s top teams from the comfort of their own home as every game across the three days will be live streamed on Volleyball England’s YouTube channel.
This tournament will begin with two pools of three teams. The winners of each of those pools will progress straight to the semi-finals, while the second-placed team from each pool will play the third-placed team from the other pool in a quarter final – the winner progressing to the semis.
The tournament will conclude at the semi-final stage. Each of the semi-finals will be played over three matches, with the first teams to win two matches being awarded a funding grant of £18,000.
Taking part in the men’s competition are:
- Joaquin Bello & Javier Bello
- Issa Batrane & Freddie Bialokoz
- Sam Dunbavin & Haydn Lawson
- Niko Gleed & Sam Walrond
- Matt Hunter & Harry Jones
- Jake Sheaf & Chris Gregory
The tournament begins with one pool of four teams. Teams will play each other once in a round-robin format to decide the semi-final seedings.
In the semi-finals, where the women’s competition will also finish, the first-placed team will face the fourth-placed side, with the second and third-placed teams making up the other semi-final fixture.
Each of the semi-finals will be played over three matches, with the first teams to win two matches being awarded a funding grant of £18,000.
Taking part in the women’s competition are:
- Daisy Mumby & Jess Grimson
- Ellie Austin & Anaya Evans*
- Victoria Palmer & Alana Snow
- Katie Keefe & Isabelle Tucker
*Ellie Austin has unfortunately picked up an injury and will be unable to compete at the tournament. Anna Keefe will play in Ellie's place but should her and Anaya Evans secure one of the two women's teams funding awards, the prize will still go to Team Austin-Evans.