Second Beach Volleyball Schools Cup wraps up a successful edition of Volleyslam
The second edition of the Australian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup (ABVSC) wrapped up on Monday on the Gold Coast, after more than 100 schools from all over Australia came together on Coolangatta Beach to square off for the ultimate beach volleyball schools’ title.
After three days of fun, enjoyment and friendly beach volleyball competitions, school champions were crowned across 12 divisions of play which included pairs and 4-a-side events for boys and girls divided in three age groups (year 7/8, year 9/10 and year 11/12).
The Scots College from Bellevue Hill, NSW, and Nowra AC from Bomaderry, NSW took home the coveted 11/12 pairs title for boys and girls respectively, while Sydney’s NBSC Balgowlah came out winners of the 9/10 Boys Pairs and Benowa SHS topped the 9/10 Girls Pairs.
Volleyball Australia CEO Andrew Dee was pleased with the success of the event and the health of Australian grassroots beach volleyball.
“To see these young kids playing and having fun in such a healthy, competitive environment which promotes friendship, teamwork and camaraderie is uplifting and makes us very hopeful for the future of Australian beach volleyball on the green and gold runway to Brisbane 2032,” he said.
“Events like the Schools Cup are vital in the development of children and young adults through sport. It’s also a valuable opportunity to give our young talents a chance to showcase their ability while maximising the enjoyment of everyone involved in the sport,” he said.
Dee added that the atmosphere on Coolangatta Beach has been terrific throughout the Volleyslam festival and Volleyball Australia received positive feedback from all participants.
“I think the Schools Cup capped an amazing festival of beach volleyball and we’re thrilled to be back on the Gold Coast for the next three years to continue providing the Australian beach community with more opportunities across all levels of participation, from grassroots to elite, on such an iconic beach,” Dee said.
“I would like to thank all the athletes, officials, volunteers, sponsors and supporters who contributed to the success of the event.”
The ABVSC was the last event of Volleyslam 2022, the biggest beach volleyball festival in Australia’s history which over two weeks brought together the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Futures event, the Australian Beach Volleyball Championships, the Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships, and the Schools’ Cup.
The ABVSC will return to the Gold Coast next year as part of the Volleyslam festival after Volleyball Australia recently announced a three-year extension of its current partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland and Major Events Gold Coast to keep the prestigious beach volleyball event on Coolangatta Beach.
Volleyslam marked the end of the VA 2022 national beach volleyball season, which spanned across nine events in three states. Battling floods, heat waves and covid regulations, Dee paid tribute to the VA staff who helped bring Australia’s largest summer of Beach Volleyball to life.
“I could not be more impressed by the amazing dedication and teamwork of the VA team in delivering the summer of national beach volleyball events,” he said.
“Despite weekly weather and pandemic challenges, we delivered nine major events in three months, including an international event involving 15 countries.”
See all results from the ABVSC HERE