Brighton’s Nivea Sun Yellowave Beach Sports Centre is currently being transformed ahead of Britain’s first ever beach volleyball world championship event next week. Just days after London accepted the Olympic flag from Beijing, Britain is preparing to host its first major event of the new Olympiad.
The venue will house a temporary 2000 seat grandstand, which is now almost completely built, and six additional playing courts. Construction of the courts has involved transporting 1150 tonnes a particular grade of sand, now called ‘Yellowave mix’, from Reigate in Kent and closing off a section of Madeira Drive on Brighton seafront.
Beach Volleyball proved to be one of the most popular and exciting events in Beijing, attracting a vibrant international fan base, which is also now expected to come to Brighton. Teams from 28 different countries have entered, including the defending men’s champions from Italy and last years silver medal winning women’s team from Australia.
Britain will field five pairs, most of which are looking to gain their first taste of international beach volleyball. 6ft 9inch Chris Gregory has been playing for only a short time having been recruited to the sport though UK Sport and Steve Redgrave’s Sporting Giants programme.
Tickets also available from:
The Brighton Centre on 0844 847 1515 or book on-line at www.brightoncentre.co.uk
Nivea Sun Yellowave on 01273 672222