Thursday 20 June 2019

World class volleyball comes to beautiful Bettystown beach for two days this weekend

Meath County Council is backing the #RoadtoTokyo International Beach Volleyball Tournament being held at Bettystown Beach over the June Bank Holiday.

The partnership will see the Flavours of Boyne Valley and #MakeItMeath branding at the Continental Cup event which will be communicated to over 250,000 people across Europe and beyond.

Teams are coming from Slovakia, Lithuania, Denmark, Estonia, Scotland, Ukraine and the hosts Ireland.

"The Council have been incredibly supportive of this huge Volleyball event and we are delighted to be able to showcase Meath and the Boyne Valley to our guests and viewers," said Grainne Culliton, President of Volleyball Ireland.

"It is a spectacular region and the perfect location for Beach Volleyball. We are delighted local shops, restaurants and hotels are getting involved in the event, it's been really positive working with the community of Laytown and Bettystown."

"Meath County Council is delighted to be associated with this prestigious international event," added Kevin Stewart, the Director of Services Planning, Enterprise & Environment at the Council. "We look forward to welcoming everyone to Meath and the Boyne Valley for what is sure to be a great weekend of sport and enjoyment."

The event will also see school blitzes, teacher training and beginner classes for adults from Thursday onwards.

The matches feature both Men's and Women's pools with the winners in each progressing to the next stage of Olympic qualifying ahead of the Tokyo Games next Summer.

It is one of the first team based Olympic qualifiers to be held in the country and a big step for Volleyball Ireland.

The games will be on from 11 am to 7 pm on both Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June with 'come try it' courts available and skills sessions for kids on across the weekend.

Drogheda Independent