TeamBU Sports Brief
At SportBU we have men’s and women’s competitive Beach Volleyball teams that competed in the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) competition last year. We heavily support the development of beach volleyball in the area and are working with our partner club Wessex Volleyball and Volleyball England to ensure the development of volleyball in the local area.
During the summer SportBU also assist in hosting several beach events for Volleyball England where our students volunteer with event management of the tournaments. BU enter beach volleyball teams into the Volleyball England Beach Student Cup every year as well as other local tournaments in partnership with Wessex Volleyball Club.
Our team are coached by Kirk Pitman and Andy Jones.
Kirk is a former world class athlete and has represented New Zealand for 10 years and competed in over 200 international events and tours around the world. In more recent years he has turned his skills and knowledge into becoming a Volleyball Coach. His current roles include the Head Coach of the Team GB Men’s Beach Volleyball team, and Director of Volleyball at the LeAF Studio School.
Andy has over 25 years coaching and playing experience working at the University but also with Wessex Volleyball NVL Super 8’s, Volleyball England Junior and Senior Men’s programmes. The two coaches have already a well-established working relationship and together will create formidable team in supporting each other to deliver the best programme to benefit the athlete’s experience.
Leagues & Competition Information
The 2016-17 inaugural BUCS Beach Volleyball Championships were held on 3-4 June, watch this space for the 2017/18 competition dates!
Training & Conditioning
Training for beach volleyball takes place in the summer at Boscombe Beach on permanent beach courts. During the winter months there is also the opportunity to use LeAF Academy which has the only purpose built indoor provision of its kind in the country, able to fit in three full size volleyball courts.
The 2016/17 Beach Volleyball Championships were held on Sandbanks Beach, Poole. With this event on our door step, please come down and support our teams!
Batrane and Jones National Champions Beach Volleyball Student Cup 2016/17.
Partnerships & Facilities
Wessex Volleyball club is one of the most successful clubs in England with National League Women’s and Men’s teams. In the last ten years, the Wessex Under 15, 16 and 18 teams have all won national competitions and our Mini Volleyball teams have won numerous South West titles. The club also has excellent coaching opportunities in conjunction with BU.
Athletes who have played or competed at a regional, national or semi-professional standard will be eligible to Apply for a Scholarship to support them in their sport whilst at university. These are currently available to all new and returning UK students. Want more information on Scholarships before you apply, simply follow the link below: