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Big chance to try volleyball

PUBLISHED: 08:27 24 May 2013 | UPDATED: 08:27 24 May 2013

Great Britain's Zara Dampney appeared at the London 2012 Olympics (Julien Behal/PA)

Great Britain's Zara Dampney appeared at the London 2012 Olympics (Julien Behal/PA)

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Go Spike Weekend to showcase sport

Volleyball England are staging events in Brentwood and Ilford as part of their Go Spike Big Weekend over the next few days.

More than 36,000 people across the country have already tried volleyball through the Go Spike events, which are free.

Currently 13,761 people play volleyball in Essex and East London, with a further 3,463 wanting to play.

The Go Spike Big Weekend is the perfect chance for them to get involved in volleyball, which is described as an incredibly fun, sociable sport.

When the Big Weekend is over, clubs will be offering a range of other sessions ensuring it is easy for people to continue to play.

Ilford’s Loxford Park will host a beach volleyball event from 12pm to 2pm tomorrow (Saturday) and from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, with music, refreshments and a bouncy castle all included.

Brentwood will host a beach volleyball event from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, including a beach party and BBQ, and another event on Monday (10am-8pm), featuring an antiques fair.

Zara Dampney, Great Britain beach volleyball Olympian, said: “I’m incredibly excited about the Go Spike Big Weekend and think it will be a fantastic showcase of everything volleyball has to offer.

“Everyone from kids to retired people should experience the enjoyment and the health benefits of volleyball.

“People don’t realise just how accessible volleyball is. There are facilities for all versions of the sport right across the country, and I hope that once people give it a go they will join up and make volleyball a regular part of their lives and enjoy it just as much as I do.”

Volleyball England are also encouraging people in Essex and East London to take part in the Go Spike Regional Challenge.

Created by GB Beach Volleyball players Jake Sheaf and Chris Gregory, Volleyball England has developed 12 fun challenges that anyone can have a go at, regardless of age, ability or experience.

The challenges can be done at home, in the office, in the park or at one of the volleyball local facilities.

Check out www.gospike.net to download the challenges and score card. Results can then bragged about on Twitter (#Go_Spike) and Facebook - which region in England is the fittest and can achieve the highest scores?

For full details of all the confirmed events across the Go Spike Big Weekend go to www.gospike.net where an easy to use postcode session finder has details of all events, times and locations across the region and will direct participants to their nearest event.

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