Blackpool gets event

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The UK has been confirmed as the host nation for the 2009 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World Junior Beach Volleyball Championships. The Under–21 tournament, which is set to showcase the talents of a host of London 2012 Olympic hopefuls, will be held in Blackpool from 16–20 September 2009. The event, hosted by Volleyball England and Beach Volleyball UK, follows the Beach Volleyball English Masters European Championship, which will be held in the seaside resort one week earlier. It will be the second year in succession the Championships have been held in the UK after Brighton won the rights to stage the event in 2008. The UK's beach volleyball chiefs are eager to develop the sport among youngsters ahead of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Volleyball England chief executive Lisa Wainwright said: "To have the top volleyball nations battling it out for a world title on English soil is a huge credit for the development of the sport in this country. By attracting leading athletes from around the world, we will not only show that we can host successful world–class events, but also that England is a nation of volleyball lovers. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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