Cultivating SW Beach Champions

SW Boys coach, Dan Mrowiec gives us an insight into the SWVA Beach development work over the last few years. Our current Beach Program is built around the U18 Inter Regional Beach Championships (IRB) and the U19 International Beach Open. Where a total of 15 players represented the SWVA during the 2023 summer beach program.

In the dynamic world of beach volleyball, the South West Volleyball Association (SWVA) has established itself as an example of excellence, nurturing young talent and propelling them towards the pinnacle of the sport. Over the past three years, I have had the privilege of coaching SWVA’s junior volleyball teams, witnessing first-hand the unwavering dedication, passion, and resilience of these aspiring athletes.

Dan (second left) working with the boys at Weymouth

My journey began in 2021, with a group of enthusiastic individuals eager to hone their skills and compete against the best. We embarked on a challenging training schedule, post pandemic, conducting sessions across various locations in the South West of England, including Cardiff, Croyde, Sandbanks and Weymouth beaches. Our focus was on developing a comprehensive skillset, encompassing technical prowess, tactical awareness, and mental fortitude.

As the season progressed, our pairs blossomed, their collective talent and teamwork evident in every training session and match. The Inter-regional Tournament, held annually at Cardiff Beach Volleyball Club, became our ultimate test, a platform to showcase our hard work and determination. And in 2021, our efforts were rewarded as we emerged victorious, claiming first-place.

The following years saw our team maintain its competitive edge, consistently reaching the finals of the Inter-regional Tournament. In 2022 and 2023, we secured consecutive second-place finishes, cementing our status as a force to be reckoned with in the under-18 beach volleyball arena.

Furthermore, we were able to continue challenging ourselves with the introduction of the Inter-commonwealth tournament. Whereas we represented the South-West of England against travelling countries the likes of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Gibraltar. A fantastic opportunity to showcase beach volleyball and its global community.

Achieving such remarkable success is a testament to the dedication and talent of our athletes. Their commitment to training, their willingness to push boundaries, and their unwavering support for one another have been instrumental in their achievements.

As their coach, I have witnessed first-hand the transformative power of this sport. It has instilled in them discipline, perseverance, and a strong sense of teamwork. These qualities will undoubtedly serve them well in their personal and professional endeavours long after their volleyball careers have concluded.

Reflecting on our journey, I am filled with immense pride and admiration for the SWVA Junior Beach volleyball team. Their achievements have not only brought recognition to the association but have also inspired countless young athletes across the South West to pursue their dreams in this rising sport.

As we embark on the next chapter, I am confident that our team will continue to excel, pushing the boundaries of excellence and inspiring generations to come. The future of beach volleyball in the South West and across United Kingdom is undoubtedly bright, and our junior athletes stand at the forefront, ready to conquer every challenge that lies ahead.

Dan Mrowiec

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