Beach Volleyball coming to Canary Wharf

Team GB and Action For Kids team up at Beach Volleyball Championships
Wood Wharf, 8 – 19 July 2013

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Action For Kids brings beach volleyball to Canary Wharf

The fifth annual Beach Volleyball Championships for Action For Kids will be hosted at Wood Wharf, adjacent to the famous Canary Wharf business and shopping district in Central London, from 8 to 19 July.

160 tonnes of sand will be brought on site by Action For Kids to transform the waterfront area into two beach volleyball courts and a sitting volleyball court. Following Beach Volleyball’s success at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, the event allows Londoners to have a go themselves by entering a team into the Championships or take part in the ‘volleybody’ workout classes.

Paralympic GB Sitting Volleyball Captain Rob Richardson will be among those showing off their skills in exhibition matches and qualified coaches will provide coaching, hints and tips.

In return for pledging to raise £2,500 for Action For Kids, teams of five to 12 people are guaranteed at least four games of beach volleyball, two hours of coaching from qualified Volleyball England coaches, entry into the Sitting Volleyball Tournament, lunch on the day, a goodie bag, a company profile in the event brochure and the chance to meet top UK athletes. £2,500 could buy a disabled child a specialised trike, which not only strengthens muscles and improves coordination; a trike offers the key to a world of inclusion, independence and fun! All essential qualities in any childhood. Spectator seats at all events are free.

Action For Kids will also be hosting a series of taster sessions to showcase the sport and encourage local schools and passers-by to take part. These include a chance to watch top athletes compete in an elite tournament, ‘volleybody’ fitness classes and the potential for private hire of the courts.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “I’m delighted to lend my support to this fantastic event for Action For Kids, which will help to raise a huge amount of cash for what is a very worthy cause. Getting more people of all ages and abilities into sport is a top priority for the capital and the Beach Volleyball Championships will showcase to Londoners why this sport was one of the most exciting of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.”

Lucy Duxbury, Event Manager for Action For Kids, said: “The funds we raise from events such as this are absolutely crucial as they allow us to further help children with disabilities and learning difficulties as well as their families and carers. In tough economic times, it’s even more important that we remain in a position to support young people across London and the UK. Last year the event generated over £40,000, a target we are confident we can beat this year.”

Katy Doggett from Canary Wharf Group plc said: “This is yet another great event for Wood Wharf and more importantly, is raising money for a worthy cause. The area is gaining a reputation for hosting some world-class sports events which helps to maintain the momentum following the London 2012 Games. The view of the beach volleyball courts will be spectacular, nestled beside the water and with Canary Wharf’s towers in the background.”