Serving up a treat for beach crown

Dorset Echo: SAND STARS: Terry Oldrid, right, will be out to keep hold of his Weymouth League title, while Ryan Stout, left, will be unable to take part due to selection for the GB squad SAND STARS: Terry Oldrid, right, will be out to keep hold of his Weymouth League title, while Ryan Stout, left, will be unable to take part due to selection for the GB squad

THE Weymouth League starts on Tuesday evening on Weymouth Sands.

For the first time this year the league will be played on the new permanent courts next to the Boat Cafe.

The league is starting a little earlier than in previous seasons because the area will be out of use during the Olympic period.

The competition is open to players of all standards from beginner to internationals.

Every week the league is split into divisions depending on the ability of the players and each week players can score ranking points towards the end of season awards for the King and Queen of the beach.

All the divisions are played in a two-a-side format and to take part players just need to register at the permanent courts between 6pm and 6.30pm . The entry fee is £4 per player.

In the top division, it should be an exciting season with a number of players trying to dislodge Terry Oldrid and Jules Stout as champions.

Unfortunately one player unlikely to achieve this is 18-year-old Budmouth student Ryan Stout who, because of his selection in the GB training squad, is unlikely to be able to make enough evenings to score adequate points for the title.

However, it is a great reflection of the strength of beach volleyball in the town that there are players such as Stout who are able to achieve this level.

In an attempt to find the next Ryan Stout, the courts are also going to be used for coaching for under-16 players between 5pm and 6pm for the next eight Tuesday evenings.

These sessions will be run by Level Two coach Elliott Sawyer and are open to boys and girls between 13 and 16-years-old and are free to attend.

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