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East Coast Junior Beach Festival 2010

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I have never before heard a beach volleyball player in Scotland say “I wish those clouds would stay there, it might help cool us down”. But it was said on Saturday 5th June on what I can only describe as the blistering sands of Portobello as 34 youngsters and 8 coaches took to the beach for the junior festival. It was a fabulous day.

East Coast Junior Beach Festival  East Coast Junior Beach Festival

Junior and senior girls and boys were put through their paces by the coaches in the morning, covering all the basic skills before sitting down to a well-earned lunch break and playing in a tournament all afternoon.  It was smiles all round as coconuts and pineapples were presented to the winners of each category – a tropical ending to a tropical day.

East Coast Junior Beach Festival  East Coast Junior Beach Festival

Thank yous go to the schools who took part Queensferry HS, St Maurice’s and Wallace Academy, especially the teachers from Wallace Academy and St Maurice’s who set their Saturday aside to take their pupils to the beach for the day – I think they had a ball though!! Thank you to the volunteer coaches who also set the day aside for the youngsters. The SVA was a fantastic support in helping with the entries and organising of this. And a final thank you to the players who make it all worth while for everyone with their enthusiasm and enjoyment of the game.

Now let’s get those young teams signed up for the junior sections of the Scottish Beach Tour! You know you want to.

Mel Coutts
Event Organiser