Olympic Sand For Wimbledon Park

New beach volleyball courts set to open

Two hundred tonnes of sand from the London 2012 Olympic beach courts will be used for two new volleyball courts set to open in Wimbledon Park.

Wimbledon Park is one of six venues across the UK selected to receive Olympic legacy sand after a successful bid by the council to the 2012 Beach Volleyball Capital Investment Initiative. The park will also receive the nets and net stands.

The project will be funded by Sport England as part of Volleyball England's Go Spike campaign which is aimed at increasing participation in volleyball by creating more volleyball and beach volleyball facilities.

The new facilities will give residents the chance to try their hand at the sport and give young people the opportunity to be the next generation of Olympic champions.

Merton Council's cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge said: "We are pleased that beach volleyball facilities will be accessible to residents in Merton. This is a fabulous opportunity for the community to give volleyball a go, meet new friends and get fit and healthy."

Lisa Wainwright, CEO of Volleyball England said: "We are hoping that all the excitement around the London 2012 Games will inspire more people to try out sports such as beach volleyball. This project will help to create a legacy for volleyball and encourage people to adopt healthier, more active lifestyles, creating a sporting habit for life.

August 31, 2012