Volleyball Is Back On Weymouth Beach
8:49am 10th April 2014
Volleyball nets are up again on Weymouth Beach for the public to use and within minutes of their arrival people were diving around in the sand playing on the two courts.
They're free to use and will be in place until the end of the summer season.
Peter Bennet from Weymouth Volleyball Club has welcomed the return of the nets and hopes people will give the game a go;
"Beach volleyball is a fantastic sport to be involved with, you only need 2 people either side of the net, it's fun, relatively injury free and you can throw yourself around on the sand. It really is a fantastic sport everyone should try it."
The nets arrive four months ahead of the Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic event on the first weekend of August (1st - 3rd) which is expected to draw huge crowds.
The RAF sponsored event is one of the town's biggest summer dates with over 100 professional men's and women's teams on the bill, with some top class overseas athletes entering the competition too.
Peter told us he's even trying to get some Olympians down to compete too;
"We'd love the Olympians to come back. We have a number of Olympians from the London 2012 games organising this event, and we're working hard to try and get some of them to come over. Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullen were our Olympians in 2012 and we'd love to have them back, we're still trying to persuade them."
The man in charge of tourism and culture at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Ian Bruce is looking forward to the return of the Volleyball Classic;
"The Volleyball Championship is one of Weymouth's iconic summer events, providing free high quality sporting action to many thousands of spectators and a national TV audience."
"The partnership with the RAF is a great success for Weymouth and Dorset, hosting a high profile sporting championship endorsing the status and sporting heritage of the area."
Flt Lt John Raine, The RAF's Senior Careers Liaison Officer for the South West said;
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to be involved and to continue to support the highly successful Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic."
"It is a professionally organised championship which provides an outstanding experience and an inspiration for all those involved. The championships promote many of the skills and qualities which the RAF values highly, such as teamwork, determination, fitness and communication."
"It is our privilege to be able to sponsor this event and, on behalf of the RAF Careers Information Service, I wish every competitor the very best of luck."