Volleyball Ireland has launched a National Beach Volleyball Tour aimed at young players between the ages of 14 and 18.

The new programme will run in a 3×3 format and take place at two locations in Bettystown, County Meath and Fanore, County Clare between July 29th and August 19th.

There will be two main days of competition in August and training sessions at both locations in advance to aid the transition from indoor court to the sand, providing players with specific beach skills and tactics.

The tour is the second stage in the formation of age-group National Teams in Beach Volleyball, with Ireland expected to compete internationally in 2021.

“The project builds upon our first ever Beach Volleyball Performance Camp last year, in which 24 players took part in a 3-day residential camp,” said Volleyball Ireland Development Officer Conor Flood.

“This next step will help us form regional training squads who will then filter into Team Ireland next season. It’s a really exciting time to be involved in Volleyball with lots of great opportunities for young players.”

Experienced Coaches who have played on tours in Brazil, the US and around the world will oversee the coaching.

The project is funded through the Olympic Federation of Ireland’s Discretionary Fund, the distribution of which was announced on Sport for Business last week, and supported locally by both the Clare and Meath Local Sports Partnerships.

“We are incredibly grateful to the OFI, Meath and Clare Sports Partnerships for their support,” added Volleyball Ireland General Manager Gary Stewart.

“They are helping us deliver local programmes with National benefits that will create a proper system for developing the next generation of beach volleyball players.”

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