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Another major step for beach volleyball development as FIVB extends contract with Beach Volley Around the World
Beach volleyball fans around the world will once again have the chance to rub shoulders with some of the world's top beach volleyball stars after the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) renewed its collaboration with Beach Volley Around the World (BVAW) for 2011-2012.
Introduced in February last year, BVAW allows amateur players to take part in a three-day tournament and attend clinics led by their heroes at spectacular venues on the FIVB Swatch World Tour. In what is a fantastic way to encourage greater participation in the sport of beach volleyball, BVAW also provides a festive atmosphere with concerts and other tourist attractions as part of each tournament's agenda.
In 2011, the key event on the BVAW calendar will be the premier FIVB beach volleyball property – the FIVB Swatch World Championships, set to take place in Rome, Italy, from June 16-26 with BVAW featuring at the historic venue Parco del Foro Italico from June 17-19. BVAW also returns to other key FIVB Swatch World Tour stops – The Hague in the Netherlands from August 26-28, and Phuket, Thailand from November 2-13 after successful debut appearances in 2010.
"The number one mission for the FIVB is to grow the sport of beach volleyball and with education and opportunity being key values, BVAW has proven to be an excellent vehicle to help accomplish this goal," Dr Ary Graça, FIVB Executive Vice-President and President of the Beach Volleyball Commission, said. "Not only does BVAW provide a chance for fans of the sport to sample and experience the thrill of playing on the same sand as the superstars of our sport but it also allows them to draw on the knowledge of beach volleyball's top athletes in a world-class, professional arena."
As well as the tournaments set to take place alongside the FIVB Swatch World Tour, events are also slated for Gran Canaria, Barcelona, Majorca, Alicante, Valencia (all in Spain), Calabria, Abruzzo (both in Italy), Zell am See (Austria) and Athens (Greece).
"Having had a fantastic debut season with the FIVB in 2010 we are grateful for having the opportunity to continue the excellent progress made over the next two years," BVAW President Otello Vizzino said. "We have already seen how popular beach volleyball is in different parts of the world and we are to continue the excellent growth last year, with further development focused on the fans and their beach volleyball experience."