Great Yarmouth’s Central Beach will welcome more than 50 top-class beach volleyball players, on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May as Volleyball England’s Beach Tour kicks off in the resort with the first tournament of the season, the Great Yarmouth Classic. Many of the players will be hoping to be in the Great Britain team at the London 2012 Olympics.
Played over two days, men’s and ladies teams made up of two players per team will give visitors to the seafront the opportunity to watch a superb display of quality beach volleyball, as they battle it out to win points in the Volleyball England Beach Tour league, before the 2012 final in Bournemouth and the Olympic Beach Volleyball matches on Horseguards Parade in July.
The Great Yarmouth Classic is also being used as a test event for the Beach Volleyball Games Makers. These volunteers, aged 16-19, will be responsible for looking after the volleyball court at Horseguards Parade.
Cllr Valerie Pettit, Environment portfolio holder said: ”Just because you may have missed out in the Olympic ticket lottery doesn’t mean you also have to miss out on watching this very exciting sport in person as Great Yarmouth Borough Council brings it to your doorstep once again this summer. No tickets are necessary to watch the Great Yarmouth Classic, just turn up and take a seat.”
Staff from Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s Tourism Team and Culture, Sport and Leisure Unit have worked closely with Volleyball England’s Beach Tour team to host and promote the Great Yarmouth Classic every year since 2006. This popular free weekend event pulls in huge crowds who are able to watch play from a large 250 seat grandstand that is erected on the beach behind Joyland near Britannia Pier especially for the tournament.