Adult Beginners/Improvers beach sessions re-starting soon!

We have two adult beginners sessions starting again soon:

Saturdays 9am-10:30am Mixed Beginners/Improvers open session:
Ideal for players who can only come occasionally and are looking for a basic introduction to beach volleyball along with some fun games (probably 3 or 4 a-side depending on numbers). This session will be bookable through team app from one week in advance (pay per session).

Starts 23rd April.

Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm Mixed Beginners/Improvers training:
Ideal for a more in depth introduction/refresher to beach volleyball, where you can progress as a group focusing on different aspects of the game every week. Bookable in blocks of 7 sessions (first block 6 sessions):

Starts 27th April.

For more information email beach@richmondvolleyball.co.uk

UKBT Beach Tournament Schedule 2022

We’re looking forward to a great summer of UKBT tournaments at the beach courts in Teddington, starting next Sunday 10th April with the 1* Mixed Series.

We have something for everyone, whatever your level or age, from our Junior Series events for juniors of all levels under 14 and 18 to our 3* Classic Series events for advanced adults and juniors.

New this year is the 1* Starter Series, a single gender tournament aimed at beginner and intermediate players.

And to complete the line-up are our always popular 1* Mixed Series and 2* Richmond Series events.

Richmond Winter Beach Series starts 24th October

The summer might be over, but we’re pleased to announce that registration to our popular series of winter beach tournaments is now open.

Taking place once a month between October and March, these tournaments are aimed at all levels and are fast paced – with maximum of 8 teams on 3 courts, this means you get lots of games with minimum amount of breaks. The format is 2v2 and there are mixed and single-gender events.

There are medals to be won for each event and prizes for the overall series winners.

In the last two years the series was unfortunately cut short due to the national lockdowns, but hopefully this year we can complete the series.

Richmond Winter Series Poster

Witches of the Orient – Watch the film and earn money for our club!

With the Olympics just around the corner, Modern Films approached Richmond Volleyball Club see if we would could help them promote a film on volleyball and also raise money for the club. We said why not!

The film is called “Witches of the Orient”, and is about the Japanese Women’s Volleyball team and their journey to beating the Russians at the 1964 Olympics. These “Witches” were also the inspiration behind the Manga/Anime series Haikyu which many of our Juniors love!

It is a very interesting watch and Modern Films will also give a portion of the proceeds of each ticket to the club so tell your family and friends to watch!!

Also, our own Katie and Anna Keefe will be in a live Facebook Q & A session with the Film Director, Julien Faraut and hosted by the Telegraph Women’s Sport journalist Fiona Tomas this Thursday evening at 6 pm.

Make sure you tune in!

Interesting Factoid: Our Club Chairman, Vera Kenyon, was coached by one of the players on the 1964 Russian team who played against these “Witches”!! She is excited to find out what it was all about!

Richmond Volleyball Beach Series concludes with UKBT 3* weekend

While it’s been a much shorter summer series this year, the 3 tournaments were full of thrilling games and top-quality plays. Thank you to all the players who took part in the tournaments and helped bring back the fun at the beach courts in Teddington.

1* Richmond Mixed

The series kicked off with a 1* Mixed tournament, which was full of close matches and epic rallies. In the end, Rachel Steinitz and Noam Devey won the gold medal match against Sam Yang and Cecilia Manduca. The bronze medal match was an all Italian affair with Luciano Quercia and Elisabetta Bottaro claiming victory over Luigi Antonaci and Giulia Ponti (RVB coach).

1 star mixed 2020

Final Rankings:

1Rachel Steinitz / Noam Devey
2Sam Yang / Cecilia Manduca
3Luciano Quercia / Elisabetta Bottaro
4Luigi Antonaci / Giulia Ponti
5Pauline Gan / Martin Rees
5Melissanthi Papacharalampous / Jean-Michel Abecassis
7Duy Nguyen / Sara Mata
7Emilie Levich / Ivan Hadzhihristev
9Erika Mangialardi / Max Zwiessele
10Nikolas Tsirimokos / Natasha Goodrich
11Ben McCracken / Ali Wolff
12Nina Erminio / Anja Erminio

3* Richmond Classic (Women)

In the 3* women’s tournament, the final was a surprise battle between the 5th and the 9th seeded teams, with the young pair of Lisa Canevari (RVB player) and Isabelle Tucker (5th seed) beating the 9th seeded pair of Gerda Berstautaite / Kanako Hayashi who won silver. The two top seeds battled it out for the bronze medal with Julia Constantinou and Eva Holt beating Cleo Jongdijk and Eszter Nagy.

3* women's podium

Final Rankings

1Lisa Canevari / Isabelle Tucker
2Gerda Berstautaite / Kanako Hayashi
3Julia Constantinou / Eva Holt
4Cleo Jongdijk / Eszter Nagy
5Judit Maynou / Francesca Liati
5Katie Keefe / Beth Morgan
7Michiko Takenaka / Daniela Stuppia
7Petra Vukmirovic / Ilva Chunka
9Petra Farmanova / Sylwia Miazga
10Laura Bugnariu / Cait Donnelly
11Lucy Knott / Nina Erminio
12Zoe Tucker / Emilie Levich

3* Richmond Classic (Men)

While there was a surprise final in the women’s tournament, the men’s final was between the two top seed teams. The gold medal went to Mark Garcia-Kidd and Mark Baechli winning the final against the Welsh pair of Noam Devey and Sean Davies. In the bronze medal match, RVB coach Courtney Cross and Marek Bisczyko claimed the victory over the all RVB pairing of David Novotny and Martin Alfonso.

3* Men's podium

Final Rankings:

1Mark Garcia-Kidd / Mark Baechli
2Noam Devey / Sean Davies
3Courtney Cross / Marek Biscysko
4David Novotny / Martin Alfonso
5Roman Zakrzweski / Chris Sherfield
5Krzysztof Przydrozny / Mariusz Kozik
7Richardson De Sousa / Michael McShane
7Tomek Stepien / Slawomir Master
9Simon Elliott / James Laing
10Piotr Makowski / Maks Makowski
11Bartek Soczewka / Peter Soczewka
12Jake Sanders / Phillip Russ

Coming Soon: Winter Series 2020/21

After a successful winter series last year we are planning on running more winter tournaments this year. Stay tuned to our social media and website for announcements!

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