Wandsworth Olympic Beach legacy

Beach volleyball courts that have been created using sand from this summer’s Olympic Games are now open at Wandsworth’s Barn Elms sports complex.

The sports venue has used 1,000 tonnes of sand from the beach volleyball venue in Horseguards Parade to provide four recreational courts, which can also be converted into two international standard courts. When volleyball is not being played the courts will also be available for other sports events like beach soccer, tag rugby, beach ultimate frisbee and footvolley.

The £45,000 cost of the project was met in full by a grant from Volleyball England, following a successful funding bid to Sport England.

The courts were officially opened by the Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Adrian Knowles (pictured) at a ribbon cutting ceremony last week.

The council’s spokesman on sport and leisure Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “This brand new facility for beach volleyball at Barn Elms is one of only a small number in the country and has ensured a fantastic Olympic legacy for Wandsworth.”

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