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MVA announces National Beachvolley Cup 2016

Posted By Sportinmalta On June 25, 2016 @ 1:26 pm In Featured,Volleyball | No Comments

Gavin Muscat

The Malta Volleyball Association has announced its plans to organise the first ever National Beachvolley Cup between the 19th June and the 24th July of this year. The fixtures for this competition, which will be held at the beach-games courts in Birzebbugia, will include matches in the male, female as well as the U23 girls’ categories.

Commenting on this initiative, David Bonnici, MVA executive council member responsible for organising this event, said that match days which will be on Sundays, with trophies being awarded to winners and runners-up. The competition will follow FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) rules for the sport. Participation is open to any interested persons.

Malta Volleyball Association President Jesmond Saliba highlighted the significance of this development. “As we draw towards the close of the first year of this MVA administration, it is with great satisfaction that we announce the implementation of yet another initiative outlined in our original strategic plan for the sport of volleyball”, said Saliba. “Having a National Beachvolley Cup is significant on many counts, not least because this is the first step towards giving a participative and developmental structure to an Olympic sport which holds a lot of promise for Malta internationally”.

He also said that Malta has the potential to become a regional hub for this popular and glamourous sport. “As a popular Mediterranean island destination, with its very accessible beaches and sophisticated tourism infrastructure, Malta could easily make a name for itself as a  mecca for professional and amateur practitioners of this Olympic sport”, he explained. “Beachvolley is in itself a very environmentally friendly sport with practically no impact in terms of beach usage, while being a veritable crowd puller in tourist terms”, he said, adding that “current limitations imposed on the use of beaches for beachvolley practically limit the practice of this sport to one beach in Malta, that of Birzebbugia”.

More information about the MVA’s National Beachvolley Cup, including the dates of the tournaments and information on how to register, can be accessed on the Association’s website www.maltavolleyball.org, and on its Facebook page.

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