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Olympic volunteers help out at Margate Masters volleyball weekend

Action on one of the main courts at the 2010 Margate Masters beach volleyball tournament
Action on one of the main courts at the 2010 Margate Masters beach volleyball tournament

A TEAM of young people who will be helping out at the London Olympics will travel to Margate to use the Master Beach Volleyball event as a training session.

Organised by Thanet District Council’s Sports Matters team, the Margate Masters is seen as one of the most prestigious beach volleyball events in the country.

More than 2,000 young people aged from 16 to 18 will be at the Olympics, carrying out a host of duties, including distributing official results sheets and carrying athletes’ kit.

By practising at Margate Masters, the Youth Games Members will gain invaluable experience which they will apply at the Olympics.

Council Sports Development Officer, Colin Rouse, said: “When we were approached about using Margate Masters as a training venue for the Youth Games Members (YGMs), we were very happy to help.

“Margate Masters is a superb event, and one where the YGMs can gain essential practice at a high level. This will give them confidence and equip them well for London 2012. I’m also sure that the YGMs will take home many happy memories of their time in Margate.”

Margate Masters begins on Friday, July 6 with a schools competition, which will see schools from across Kent taking part, giving local young people the chance to play in the main arena.

The elite competition then starts on Saturday, July 7, with the finals the following day.

For more information about the free family friendly event please visitwww.thanet.gov.uk/sportor go towww.volleyballengland.org/beach

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