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Lifes a beach at Samuel Montagu

Friday 21st September 2012

Samuel Montagu Youth Centre launched their brand new Beach Volleyball Courts last week, using sand from the Olympics.

The new facility is part of the Olympic Legacy, using the actual sand which appeared in the Beach Volleyball which took place at Horse Guards Parade.

Over 4,000 tons of sand was donated by The London 2012 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) from the temporary Beach Volleyball courts used at Horse Guards Parade.

The sand has been used to create beach courts across six sports venues, including Samuel Montagu, in a bid to make beach volleyball more accessible to the general public. The project is funded by Sport England with almost half a million pounds worth of funding being secured through local partnerships.

MP for Eltham, Clive Efford spoke about the developments at Samuel Montagu, ‘It is a fantastic set up here. We have boxing, table tennis and trampolining as well. We are very much into developing ourselves. We are trying to turn ourselves into a social enterprise in that we are trying to make ourselves financially sustainable. Our core function here is the youth service and aside from the sport we also have bees, chickens, we do everything here’.

A representative from Volleyball England, added, ‘The world’s best beach volleyball players were playing on this a few weeks ago and here it is in your neighbourhood. This is a fantastic legacy, here to stay and it was through a partnership with LOCOG who donated the sand, Volleyball England and Sport England and the Samuel Montagu Youth Centre. I would like to say well done to everyone involved’.