From Dave Spokes, Beach Volleyball UK
Blackpool has won the rights to host the English Masters of the NESTEA European Championship Tour in 2008 and 2009. The prestigious series attracts some the finest beach volleyball players from all over Europe and is the perfect showcase for the sport as the UK moves towards the London Olympics in 2012.
The European Tour visits up to seven countries each year, so competition to host an event is fierce. Blackpool’s successful bid means it joins an exclusive group of European locations which will host the prestigious Tour in 2008.
The English Masters 2008 will feature up to 120 top male and female teams, including Britain’s top pairings. Significantly more than 100 hours of TV footage of the event will be broadcast across more than 180 countries.
The event will be staged by promoter Beach Volleyball UK Ltd and follows the successful promotion of the UK’s first FIVB International Exhibition Tournament at Blackpool in September 2007. It was also the UK’s first international beach volleyball tournament to be held under floodlights.
To host the English Masters 2008, Beach Volleyball UK will build a 2,000 seat stadium on Blackpool’s promenade along with extensive facilities for players, VIPs, medical support and the world’s media.
Beach Volleyball UK Ltd
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