Oxford Volleyball Club announced today that they have gained £57,890 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund to build Oxford’s first two beach volleyball courts. The courts will be ready for action by summer 2015.
The courts will provide a much-needed training facility for the nationally ranked players in the Oxford area (three ladies in the top 30 and one man in the top 6 UK beach volleyball players, and a total of 15 players in the top 200), contributing to the London 2012 Olympic legacy for beach volleyball and raising standards in the sport in the UK. In addition, the courts, which will be built to Volleyball England specifications, will be freely accessible to the general public, making beach volleyball available to the Oxford community. We anticipate being able to provide coaching and structured play for those interested in developing their skills further. In addition, we are in discussion with other local sports clubs regarding how best to maximise the benefit of these new sand-based facilities across a range of sports.
Club Chairman, Jonathan Williams said, “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can now bring beach volleyball to Oxford. This project, which will take a small area of Council-owned land and turn it into a beach volleyball facility, promises to make beach volleyball accessible to the Oxfordshire community. We hope to attract new players to this exciting sport, fulfilling the potential of the London 2012 Olympic legacy”.
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