International Beach Volleyball Festival in Bridlington this weekend (11 and 12 August)

Mon, 06 Aug 2018

This weekend (11 and 12 August) will see an international volleyball festival in Bridlington, with fun and excitement for all the family.

Bridlington will be the UK’s sole host for the 2018 CEV (Confederation of European Volleyball) Beach Volleyball Festival, which will run alongside the UK Pro Beach Volleyball Tour (UKBT) Event on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August at Bridlington South Cliff Beach (below Park & Ride).

The weekend’s activities will also include a range of fun activities for the whole family including a giant inflatable volleyball court, Bungee run, The Slackline School, Beach Volleyball taster sessions, the Volleyball England speed cage (Sunday only) and a World Record attempt at the biggest game of beach volleyball (Sunday only) around 1pm.

The weekend’s 5 star UK Pro Beach Tour will be delivered in conjunction with Skyball, the council’s partners in Active Coast, and will showcase the UK’s elite players with music, grandstand seating and top class action to watch on both Saturday and Sunday.

Playing at the event will be Jake Sheaf, one half of England's number one ranked beach volleyball team, who has competed throughout the world, has achieved four European medals, five national titles and finished with a fantastic fourth place at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Sunday, 12 August will celebrate Active Coast’s success as a National and European hub for Beach Volleyball with the CEV European Beach Volleyball Festival, featuring a chance for all ages to try the game of beach volleyball, along with delivering a mass participation event that provides exposure to beach volleyball in Bridlington over the summer months.

Bridlington South Beach, which is recognised as a national hub for Go Spike Beach Volleyball by Volleyball England, attracted over 6000 people in 2017.

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, said: “We are thrilled that we have been chosen as a national location on the UKBT Pro Tour and to be the national host for the CEV Festival is massive boost for Bridlington and the East Riding coast. This event should be great fun and highly enjoyable, for volleyball experts and fans, and those who would just like to come along and experience an international sporting event.”

Adam Toes, sport and active communities officer, added: “Beach Volleyball is growing in Bridlington and the support we have received from our Active Coast partner Skyball has been invaluable to the development work that we have been able to carry out. We would love as many people as possible to join us over the weekend to watch top class Beach Volleyball and join in our exciting programme of family activities.”

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