Monday, 13 September 2010

Margate Masters national award win

Margate Masters was awarded ‘best event on the national beach tour’ as part of the Volleyball England Awards held in Bournemouth last weekend (Saturday 4 September).

The event, organised by Thanet District Council’s Sports Development Team, beat off competition from Weymouth, Sandbanks, Skegness and Great Yarmouth to pick up the prestigious award for the second year in a row.

The award, voted for by players and officials on the tour, took into account a number of factors including the quality of the venue, interest of spectators, the local area, quality of accommodation as well as the overall quality of the event itself.

Margate Masters was a free event running from 9 July to 11 July this summer and saw some of the UK’s top beach volleyball players compete on Margate main sands in front of nearly 5,000 people across the weekend.

Richard Callicott, President of Volleyball England, said: “As London 2012 approaches with only two years to go the challenge is, and always has been, to raise the standard of our domestic beach volleyball. Thanks to Margate and everyone involved it is encouraging that the organisation of our Beach tournaments is improving year on year. I would like to congratulate everyone at Margate for their award. I know it takes hard preparatory work and that is rewarded during the event itself. The standards of players, officials and organisers demonstrated that Margate is now setting the benchmark for others to step up to. Congratulations”.

Cllr. Martin Wise, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “Winning this award for the second year in a row is an incredible achievement and reaffirms what an amazing job the Sports Development Team did this summer. Attracting 5,000 people to this event is not only a reflection of the quality of the event itself but is also a great example of what Margate has to offer on a national arena. I’m really proud of the team and am grateful for the hard work that went into making the event the award winning success it was.”

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