Brilliant Performance by Richmond players at NEVZA Youth Beach Championships 2024

It was a highly successful week for the 13 Richmond players that were selected to represent England at the NEVZA Youth Beach Championships 2024 at Bridlington Beach, with medals for our players in all age categories. The competition featured strong representation from fellow NEVZA-member countries Norway, Sweden, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, along with teams from Scotland and Ireland.

Bailey Harsum, Lewis Bunton and Przemek Soczewka
Bailey Harsum, Lewis Bunton and coach Przemek Soczweka (Photo by Jon Cornish)
Zak Maghur
Zak Maghur (Photo by Nina Erminio)

In the U18 Men’s competition the Richmond pair of Bailey Harsum and Lewis Bunton in their first tournament together remained unbeaten throughout the event and won Gold in the final against the Norwegian pair Smørholm/Stenberg 2:0 (21-19, 21-17). Richmond’s Zak Maghur with partner Luca Robinson came a respectable 5th.

Alice Jagielska
Alice Jagielska (Photo by Jon Cornish)
Anna Szentessy and Tilly Hutton
Anna Szentessy and Tilly Hutton (Photo by Nina Erminio)

In the U18 Women’s competition it was another Gold medal for Richmond’s Alice Jagielska and partner Molly Quinn. They were able to get revenge for their loss in the pool stages to Norwegian pair Skojld/Våge by winning the final against them in two convincing sets 2:0 (21-14, 21-12). Richmond had 6 players in this category. Anna Szentessy and Tilly Hutton just missed in the bronze medal match against Swedish pair Welander/Källströmer 0:2 (15-21, 19-21), but finished in a very good 4th place.

Elisa Jarmon & Lottie Levich
Elisa Jarmon & Lottie Levich (Photo by Nina Erminio)
Olivia Cross
Olivia Cross (Photo by Nina Erminio)

It was also a great performance and experience for the other Richmond teams Elisa Jarmon and Lottie Levich, who finished 6th and the Olivia Cross with partner Robyn Clifford finished 11th. There are great things to come from these young teams!

Peter Soczewka
Peter Soczewka (Photo by Nina Erminio)
George Ruddick
George Ruddick (Photo by Nina Erminio)

In the U20 Men’s competition Richmond’s Peter Soczewka with partner Rob Morgan won Silver, just missing out in the final against Norwegians Kjemperud/Engås 0:2 (17-21, 16-21). George Ruddick with partner Ollie Tuck won silver in a thrilling bronze medal match against fellow England team Brett/Lycett 2:0 (23-21, 21-13).

Anja Erminio
Anja Erminio (Photo by Nina Erminio)
Izzy Hames
Izzy Hames (Photo by Nina Erminio)

It was silver in the U20 Women’s competition too for Richmond’s Anja Erminio with partner Maia Darling. Having beaten the Norwegian finalists Fosseli/Sunde in the pool stage, the tables were turned in the final with the Norwegians winning 2:0 (21-13, 21-12). Richmond’s Izzy Hames with partner Charlie Chambers came a respectable 5th.

Congratulations also to our head coach Przemek Soczweka, who was part of the coaching team for the England teams.

Well done to all players – the future looks bright for England and for Richmond with these talented young players!

Photography: Nina Erminio and Jon Cornish