Friday, 8 May 2009

MARGATE MASTERS

Thanet district Council press release

Margate will be one of just five locations in the UK playing host to national volleyball, when the sport’s top level of competition returns to the town next month (June).

The Margate Masters Beach Tournament will take place on the town’s Main Sands over the weekend of Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June and kicks off the Volleyball England Beach Tour Open for summer 2009.

Last year’s event has been described by Volleyball England as the best Beach Tour Open ever held and this year, they are concentrating on fewer events around the country, with Margate the only venue in the south east.

Play takes place on both days from 9am to 5pm, with the finals starting at 2pm on Sunday 28 June. Men’s and ladies’ pairs will be in action on international standard courts, competing for ranking points and event title. There will also be a local standard knockout tournament on the Sunday and activities for all the family.

Sports Development Officer, Martyn Cassell, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming back national beach volleyball and this year, it’s bigger and better than ever. The compliments we’ve received from Volleyball England about last year’s event just highlight the quality of Margate Main Sands as a venue for beach volleyball. It’s no wonder we’ve been selected to host the top level of competition in the sport, especially as we’re also on the list of pre-Olympic training camps for beach volleyball for the 2012 London Olympics.”

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