Ilford’s new beach volleyball courts will ‘inspire’ people post-Olympics

The chief executive of Volleyball England hopes the new courts being built in Ilford and around London will “inspire” people to try out the sport.

Lisa Wainwrigh added: “We are hoping that the buzz around the London 2012 Olympic Games will inspire more people to try out beach volleyball as a fun and exciting new sport.”

Loxford Park, Loxford Lane is one of the six locations getting new beach volleyball courts made using sand from the Olympics.

Venues will also be created in Brentwood, St Albans, Wimbledon, Wandsworth and Greenwich.

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The project is part of Volleyball England’s Go Spike participation campaign. Free taster sessions are being planned for the new facilities.

It was funded with �500,000 from Sport England.

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Three courts will be built in Loxford Park, which can also be used for cricket and beach football.

More than 840 tonnes of sand are being used to transform the former bowls green.

A Redbridge Council spokesman said: “It is an ideal location to ensure positive activity in an unused space.”

The courts are expected to open at the beginning of next month.

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