South Queensferry, near Edinburgh, could soon become the home of beach volleyball in Scotland. At present, beach volleyball takes place in Portobello or St Andrews. However, the City of Edinburgh Volleyball club has applied for funding to build a volleyball facility in Queensferry.
History of Beach Volleyball in Scotland
There is definitely a need for a permanent place for Scottish volleyballers to train. The BBC reported in 2018 that the Scottish volleyball team had to train in a barn to train for the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast. This happened because the beach at Portobello froze and was impossible to train on.
At the Gold Coast games, the Scottish volleyball team played impressively, even though they didn’t win any medals.
Beach Volleyball Centre for South Queensferry
The City of Edinburgh Volleyball Club has applied to the Aviva Community fund to secure £25,000 to build training facilities.
Dedicated training facilities would allow the volleyball club to train in all weathers. Also, the fact that South Queensferry is near Edinburgh and has great transport links via the Queensferry Crossing and the M8 and M9 motorways, means it is logistically much better than Portobello.
Having training facilities in South Queensferry for beach volleyball will mean that the team can train in all types of weather.
It is thought that the beach volleyball facilities will be connected to the Queensferry Sports and Community Hub. This would also encourage more children to take up the sport as well.
Public voting to award the fund to the City of Edinburgh Volleyball Club is open until November 20.