SportBU Scholars and England National Team athletes Harry Jones and Issa Batrane have already been busy on the sand early in the 2018 season, with a number of training camps and tournament already under their belts.
In early March, the boys took the trip to Muscat, Oman to compete in their first World Tour Tournament as a team. In hot and windy conditions, it was great to be welcomed with open arms by the locals of Muscat, as the boys prepared with teams from Japan, Austria and Croatia in preparation for the tournament. In the qualification event, Jones/Batrane faced their new friends from Japan; despite taking the first set, they fell 2-1 to a skilful and experienced side. However, the international experience and points gained was an excellent start to the season.
Some months later, Jones/Batrane joined Deep-dish Beach Volleyball in Portugal for their annual training camp, before flying to Denmark for another international appearance for NEVZA, a Northern-European tour event. Another vital experience for the team on the world stage that aided their preparation for upcoming events this summer.
Returning to the UK the following week, Jones/Batrane took to the sands of Weymouth for their first UK Beach Tour event of the year as team. With excellent preparation from coaching staff Jake Sheaf, Aden Tutton and the recent addition of Luke Sheaf, the boys put in a solid performance to claim the Mini-Classic title without dropping a set! An early win for the boys which saw Batrane take his second title at the Weymouth after winning the classic last year.
All of the above have put Jones/Batrane in good stead for the rest of the season, as they look to retain their BUCS Beach Volleyball Championships at Sandbanks this weekend before returning to international duty across the remainder of the season.
The boys would like to thank Sport BU and TASS for their continued support and they compete on the international scene and aim to conquer higher goals throughout 2018!
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