Record number of teams playing for State glory on the Gold Coast this week

Record number of teams playing for State glory on the Gold Coast this week

The 2024 Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships begin at Coolangatta Beach today, the second event of the 10-day VolleySlam beach volleyball festival.

This year sees a record 211 teams arriving on the Gold Coast, representing their state in the Under 14 to Under 18 age groups. Entries to the Championships have more than doubled in less than a decade.

The best-performing state will take home the President’s Cup, which was last year won by Queensland on the back of six gold medals from the 10 divisions.

The Youth Championships continue to grow, with this year’s entries seeing a 16 percent year-on-year increase in participating teams, and playing numbers on the rise by nearly 11 percent. 

Match regulations are modified for the younger age groups – Under 14s are four-per-side and Under 15s are three per side.

Age groups are divided into pools, with a round robin format determining who progresses to the finals stages of the competition.

Many players arrived on the Gold Coast over the weekend and took in the final days of the Mahindra Australian Beach Volleyball Championships were decided yesterday.

Last night the Opening Ceremony was held at the Mantra Twin Towns where Commonwealth Games gold medallist Chris McHugh addressed the players about what it means to represent their state and the importance of enjoying the coming days of competition and camaraderie. 

Later this week, a host of players will swap out their state colours to participate in the Australian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup which takes place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March.

Follow the schedule & results here:

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