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).
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):
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.
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!
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).
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.
Lisa Canevari / Isabelle Tucker
Gerda Berstautaite / Kanako Hayashi
Julia Constantinou / Eva Holt
Cleo Jongdijk / Eszter Nagy
Judit Maynou / Francesca Liati
Katie Keefe / Beth Morgan
Michiko Takenaka / Daniela Stuppia
Petra Vukmirovic / Ilva Chunka
Petra Farmanova / Sylwia Miazga
Laura Bugnariu / Cait Donnelly
Lucy Knott / Nina Erminio
Zoe 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.
Mark Garcia-Kidd / Mark Baechli
Noam Devey / Sean Davies
Courtney Cross / Marek Biscysko
David Novotny / Martin Alfonso
Roman Zakrzweski / Chris Sherfield
Krzysztof Przydrozny / Mariusz Kozik
Richardson De Sousa / Michael McShane
Tomek Stepien / Slawomir Master
Simon Elliott / James Laing
Piotr Makowski / Maks Makowski
Bartek Soczewka / Peter Soczewka
Jake 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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