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World class volleyball back in Bettystown

Bettystown Beach is joining the likes of Moscow, Cancun and Rome by hosting a round of the 2020 beach Volleyball World Tour from July 17-19th 2020.

The successful hosting of the Olympic Beach Volleyball qualifiers on Bettystown beach in 2019 once more highlighted the potential of Bettystown Beach as an International Sporting Venue.

The Beach Management Committee are delighted to have been involved in encouraging such events to visit the East Meath Coast.

'We congratulate Volleyball Ireland on winning the bid to host the 2020 event and we thank them for choosing Bettystown beach as the venue. We look forward to welcoming the World of Beach Volleyball to Bettystown Beach July 17-19,' they stated.

The tournament will be ,en's only, featuring some of the best players in the World ahead of the Summer Olympics, it will also re-unite the top Irish pairing of Oisin McArdle and Alex Gibbons who are very much looking forward to the support of the Irish crowds, Gibbons said, "I'm delighted that Ireland will host the 1* event, it's the best buzz to play in front of a home crowd I cant wait to get back on Irish Sand in July. I've been training hard in Australia over the winter with some top players and hopefully I can bring this form into the Irish Summer."

The tournament will include a qualification section on Day 1 (Friday 17 July), before the main draw kicks off on the Saturday.

Volleyball Ireland president Grainne Culliton added, "These events are a key part of our strategy to raise the profile of the sport, and to inspire the next generation of players.

'Our volunteers really put on a great show at last years Olympic Qualifier and this success is down to them. We are grateful for the trust that the CEV and FIVB are putting in us, and we cant wait to go again. Events like this really show we are serious about developing the sport, and they allow us to build great relationships with our partners like Meath County Council.'

As part of activities around the competition, including the launch of a new Social Volley programme for beginner players and a Beach Volleyball camp for juniors.

Commenting on the news, Meath Cllr Sharon Tolan stated, "I am delighted that Bettystown Beach will host its second International Beach Volleyball Tournament. Events like this really bring alive the area and we hope that all of our local residents, businesses and visitors can get involved in a wonderful weekend showing off a beautiful stretch of our coastline."

Last years event drew excellent crowds to the 500seater pop up stadium and surrounding dunes, gaining widespread media interest both locally and nationally.

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