LOCOG: Life's a beach

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The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has donated 2,274 tonnes of sand from the recent London Prepares series Beach Volleyball test event to sports venues across London.

The sand, originally from a quarry in Godstone, Surrey, was used at Horse Guards Parade for the Visa FIVB Beach Volleyball International in August 2011 and will now be redistributed to three sites around the capital in a bid to increase interest and participation in the sport. The sand will be donated to Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, the Score Sports Centre in Waltham Forest and Westminster Academy Sports Centre, helping create a total of seven new courts. It is hoped the new courts will be used by an influx of new players inspired by the London 2012 test event and Volleyball Englands new Go Spike campaign, aimed at getting more people into the sport. LOCOG director of Sport Debbie Jevans said: " We want to leave a legacy for sport after the Games in a variety of ways so it is great that the sand from our test event can be distributed to venues in this way, so legacy can start to happen before the Games have even begun. We hope that having these courts at different locations in London will inspire more young people to get involved in an exciting sport. " Richard Callicott, president of Volleyball England said: Beach Volleyball is a sport everybody can play and these new facilities will give everyone a chance to get involved with this great sport. I would like to thank LOCOG and Sport England for our partnership and working together to create a great legacy for Volleyball. To be able to say that we are putting in our legacy one year before the 2012 Games means we will be able to enthuse young people and run coaching clinics and teach people about Beach volleyball so that they can enjoy the Games even more.

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