One of the lasting memories of London 2012 was the beach volleyball courts at Horse Guards Parade and the buzz that people had of watching this exciting area of volleyball.
Over the last five years beach volleyball has moved from being the poor cousin of its indoor relative to a highly energy and fantastic sport in its own right. The success of the ladies beach pairs in the Olympics has encouraged more people to try the sport. If not on holiday then down at their local beaches when the weather has been good!
Hampshire has two purpose built set ups. One is located on the seafront in Southsea where you will find three courts, and the other is one court on Hayling Island. Both facilities are free to use on a first come first served basis.
It is the aim of the HVA to look to create other venues around the County where players can have the opportunity to train and play regularly. This has been helped by some Olympic legacy support from Volleyball England. Both Team Southampton Volleyball Club and Portsmouth Volleyball Club have been given 3 sets of beach volleyball posts used in the Olympics last year.
The aim is to redevelop the site at Southsea to either create a new 6 court layout or a 2nd 3 court set up. Team Southampton are well underway in developing the site at their training venue to host 3 beach courts.
Both these developments will mean that players interested in trying out and playing beach volleyball will have local County venues rather than having to travel down to the beaches of Bournemouth to play.
Already there are regular weekend training camps run at the courts in Southsea.
For more information about how to get involved in beach volleyball or find out more about training times please contact us.