Whitefield Tournament entries to open in April

The 2020 Whitefield Tournament is the weekend of 18 and 19 July

The venue is South Bristol Sports Centre, West Town Lane, Bristol, BS14 9EF

Organised by the City of Bristol Volleyball Club, this year marks the 46th event since the tournament was created

The tournament is VERY popular so please enter as early as possible (from 8am Sat 25 April) to avoid dissapointment. Entries to the Whitefield Tournament open at 8am on Saturday, 25th April.  To enter, or for more information, please visit: whitefield.cbvc.org.uk.

A welcoming tournament

“We really are open to new teams and there really is a level for everybody at the tournament. You’ll be playing a lot of volleyball and if not playing then you will be refereeing or finding time to grab a bite to eat, check the score and soak up the atmosphere of the event!” Kate said.

“If a team is looking to enter for the first time, then I’d really encourage them to enter early as some divisions can be sold out in as little as 30 minutes. We always take care to keep all teams informed both before and during the tournament.”

The tournament features a blend of new teams and ones who have been attending Whitefield for decades. One team who epitomise the ethos of the tournament is Purbrook Park as Kate explained: “They were all students at school together and now, years later, they take part in the men’s side of the tournament dressed in school shirts and ties! This really embodies the tournament’s sense of enjoyment first, sharing moments with good friends and playing lots of volleyball.”

Organised by the City of Bristol Volleyball Club, the success of Whitefield is down to the 50+ strong volunteer workforce whose effort and dedication extends beyond the tournament weekend to months of planning and preparation.

Kate said: “At 10pm on the Saturday, after we have all been working really hard, all 50 of us volunteers sit down together and eat together as a group. Then, after a few hours respite, we start all over again when we wake up on the Sunday. This is my highlight of the event. And this sense of team and togetherness, I think, passes on to the atmosphere of the event. I’m really proud of the team and providing a lovely experience for everyone.

Kate Falkner, Tournament Secretary.

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