Brazil’s hottest beach sport kicks off in the UK this weekend. Combining samba skills, high-energy rallies and the very best players in the country; The UK Footvolley Championship is not to be missed.
Born on the famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Footvolley takes the skills and techniques of football and pairs it with the 2 v 2 match-play of beach volleyball. On Sunday, the top 16 UK teams will do battle on the sand to be crowned UK Footvolley Champions 2015.
Nick Dugdale-Moore, Director of the UK Footvolley Association, said: “It’s great to showcase the talent that we have in this country and to be able to bring new people into our sport. The tournament is always a fun-filled day for the spectators and we’d love to see our many fans come down to support and see what makes Brazilian footballers so skilful.”
The Championships take place at the Verulamium, St Albans from 10am and is free for the public to come and watch. And why not try it yourself? There will be have-a-go sessions throughout the day with the chance to learn from the very best players in the country as well lots of competitions to win prizes. A BBQ next to the courts and free wine for the adults completes this fun-filled family event.
Professional footballers such as Brazilian legends Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, twins Fabio and Rafael Da Silva, as well as Sandro regularly play Footvolley; a way of life in their native country. Former World Cup winner Romario is a leading figure in the sport’s campaign to become part of the Olympics, having narrowly missed out on the 2016 Games in Rio.
Participation in the UK is growing and the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games has had its impact. Many of the sand courts on which the UK’s top players train, including St Albans, were built using sand from the London Games. Dugdale-Moore added: “London 2012 was brilliant for us because so many great facilities were created. We’re now focussed on being there ourselves and for our boys and girls to be part of Team GB in the future. Who knows, one of the youngsters in the crowd this weekend could be a gold medallist in 2020.”