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Sports Beaches

Mar 8, 2017   //   by Steph   //   2012 London Olympics Legacy Beach Builds, Beach Sports, Blog  //  No Comments

Sports Beaches


Beach sports are currently taking the world by storm and are growing in popularity year on year. Everybody’s heard of beach volleyball through the Olympics but there are many other beach sports out there that are just as fast and just as fun.

Get involved and take your pick from beach soccer, beach footvolley, beach cricket, beach tennis and even beach rugby.

Everyone of them is incredible for your fitness levels because of the extra exertion required from moving through the sand. You can expect beach sports players to be supremely fit. In fact even the most elite beach soccer players will be rested throughout the game to keep on top of their energy levels.

We ran England Beach Soccer from 2001 to 2012 and in this time learnt a lot about the benefits of beach sports and fell in love with them.

The UK can and does excel in theses sports even in our climate but we need more permanent sand court facilities for our athletes to train in winter to be able to compete worldwide .

We built the Olympic Legacy sand sports courts around London in 2012/13 and from here a thriving beach volleyball scene has developed , see

A quick search online will help you find many other beach sports scenes that have developed all over the country or ask your local council.

Get involved in the UK’s most exciting sports scene and get beach fit.

See you on the sand…..

Olympic Legacy Beach

Olympic Legacy Sports Beach

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Footvolley at Rhyl Beach Festival

Jul 22, 2014   //   by Steph   //   Beach Events, Beach Sports, Blog, Festival Beaches  //  No Comments

Logo RhyllThis weekend we’ll be seeing an awesome display of footvolley at the Rhyl Beach Festival. There will be demonstration matches from some of the UK’s top International players David Donkin, Gary Titley and Matt Williams, and Dutch International Kaspar Schlebusch . There will be coaching sessions and serving competitions to win footvolley tops. Just turn up if you want to have a go and David and his team will get you performing overhead kicks in a mini tourney before you know it.




Footvolley was borne on the beaches of Brazil and is a combination of beach volleyball and football. Check out for more info.


Rhyl Beach Festival July 26th and 27th 2014

Jul 18, 2014   //   by Steph   //   Beach Entertainments, Beach Events, Beach Sports, Blog, Festival Beaches  //  No Comments


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The first ever Rhyl beach festival kicks off next weekend celebrating all the very best of the seaside. Featuring beach sports, sand artistry, live music and barbecues, there will be something for everyone young and old.

Headlining the event on the Sunday is The Hoosiers who are currently promoting their third studio album, they will be joined by James Smith who reached the final of BGT this year. Also performing are Kitten and the Hip featuring Ashley Slater of Freakpower fame.

On the Saturday the music stage will be showcasing up and coming local bands so come along and show your support for your aspiring young pop acts.

The weekend will be hosting some of the most exciting and fresh beach sports, kite surfing, foot volley and beach volleyball. There will be a chance for everyone to get involved and have a go aswell as to watch some of Britains finest young beach sportspeople showcasing their talents.


John Hawkins of Beach Events said

“We are so pleased and proud to be delivering the first ever Rhyl beach festival, championing beach sports and giving local people real opportunites to fully utilize this most beautiful coastline. We really hope over the coming years we can help discover the next beach sports star, world champion sand artist or break through act. We are absolutely delighted we can announce the Hoosiers will be headlining for us, they always put on a great performance”

So the beach isn’t just for sunbathing after all!

Rhyl Beach Festival – Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July 2014.




Rhyl Beach festival 2014

Jul 8, 2014   //   by Steph   //   Beach Entertainments, Beach Sports, Blog  //  No Comments


Volleyball England Pics

Denbighshire County Council is pleased to announce that on July 26th and 27th the first ever Rhyl Beach Festival will take place on the Promenade. This free to attend eventwill champion and display all the very best of the seaside. Add to the mix some foot stomping live music and a cocktail bar that will blow your flip flops off and this looks set to be a date that needs to be written into everyone’s diary.

 Each day will see an incredible selection of both ocean and sand based sports, with the option of not only to watch in awe the breath taking skills on show but also to have a go yourself, with free master classes given by many of the UK’s tops coaches and competitors. Also running over both days there will be a truly spectacular sand sculpture competition where you go home scratching your head not because of the sand but in wonder of how on earth did they do that!

“Rhyl beach is the absolute jewel of the town and the ideal location for a beach festival. Denbighshire County Council welcome this exciting addition to the summer’s event programme combining beautiful surroundings with a contemporary festival atmosphere.” Sian Davies, County Events Manager

Throughout the day, the very best in seaside fun will be served up in the event village, which will also house a stage and some impressivelive acts to entertain you throughout the day and keep you dancing into the evening.

This truly is an event for everyone, young or old, whether you want to play, watch, chill, dance or party, there will be something for everyone.

See you on the sand!

Butlins Beach Soccer Event

Mar 14, 2013   //   by Steph   //   Archives, Beach Sports  //  No Comments


In 2009 Beach Events built a permanent beach soccer pitch at Butlins Holiday Resort Minehead, along with a temporary 2000 seater Beach Soccer Stadium.

For the first time ever England hosted an International UEFA Euro League Event with 7 of the top International sides competing over 3 days.

Teams that competed included world ranked number 2 side Portugal, Eric Cantona’s France, Germany, and of course England.

8 of the games were shown live globally on Eurosport and ITV4 produced three 1 hour shows about the event.

Beach -Events Ltd controlled all aspects of the event including all teams, travel, official licences, TV, media, entertainment, build and total event management.

England Beach Soccer TeamCaroleanneEric Cantona

International Beach Soccer Event and Fan Park

Mar 12, 2013   //   by Steph   //   Archives, Beach Entertainments, Beach Sports, Blog, Urban Pop Up Beaches  //  No Comments


In 2006 John Hawkins, in conjunction with T-Mobile and Birmingham City Council, created one of the largest ever fan parks for the 2006 World Cup.

Alongside the viewing area which featured a stage, bars and a HUGE screen, we built an international sized beach soccer stadium in which we hosted a month long beach sports extravaganza to coincide with the nations favourite sports event.

The event kicked off with live music, dancers and a Legends Beach Soccer Tournament featuring former football players from Birmingham, West Brom and Aston Villa.

This was followed by an International Beach Soccer Event featuring the current World Champions France, Portugal, Holland and of course England.

The one and only Eric Cantona was the guest of honour as the Manager of the French Team, he had only just retired from playing, alongside his brother Joel who promotes the sport in France.

Seating 1500 the temporary beach soccer pitch was built on a concrete floor in front of the Millenium Point utilising approximately 900 tonnes of sand. It remained there for 6 weeks and was also used for beach soccer coaching for inner city school kids.

The overall event was a huge success attracting thousands of sports fans as well as teenage girls to the gigs in the evening featuring the likes of Mc Fly.

Eric Cantona

Antigua Beach Cricket

Mar 1, 2013   //   by John   //   Beach Sports  //  No Comments

Antigua beach cricket

Back in 2008 Beach Events were extremely proud to be involved in the Stanford 20/20 Cricket event in Antigua. We curated and delivered the Beach Cricket tournament which ran alongside the main 20/20 event. All of crickets greatest heroes were there celebrating this glorious sport. It was a great shame that the event was not to continue.




Olympic Legacy Sand Courts


2012 London Olympic Legacy Sand Courts

The legacy of the Olympics 2012 will live on in the sands from the beach volleyball court that is being built at Horse Guard Parade for the Worlds most prestigious International Event. Volleyball England and Sport England have teamed up with Beach Events to distribute the Olympic sands post event, and to create permanent beach volleyball courts across London that will ensure that beach volleyball continues to be played long after the memories of the Olympics 2012 have faded.

The sand courts are to be made large enough to accommodate all of the beach sports with beach soccer being highlighted.
John Hawkins MD of Beach Events and England Beach Soccer commented – “ We are proud to be involved in such an instrumental project that will help to seriously raise the profile of beach sports in the UK. Beach volleyball’s popularity is soaring and we hope that with the increasing opportunities to play beach sports that Beach Soccer will soon be enjoying a similar position”.

Local governments are currently being approached to establish where the most appropriate sites are to create these new Olympic Legacy Super Sand Courts.

There is no doubt that with the continued interest in beach sports, the inclusion of beach volleyball in the Olympics and the construction of these legacy builds, that beach sports are here to stay and can only continue to grow in both awareness and stature.

Birmingham City Centre

May 3, 2012   //   by John   //   Beach Entertainments, Beach Sports, Blog, Urban Pop Up Beaches  //  No Comments

Beach events and England beach soccer are proud of our long history of working with Birmingham City Council. We delivered our first major beach event there in 2006 when we stage a full FIFA beach soccer event that included Eric Cantona’s France, Holland and the then worlds best team Portugal.

Since then we have worked with all kinds of brands including Disney XD, Carlsberg and Nuts TV delivering outstanding international and community events.

Sunderland AFC

May 3, 2012   //   by John   //   Archives, Beach Sports, Blog, Urban Pop Up Beaches  //  No Comments

England beach soccer working with Sunderland City Council, Sunderland AFC and Disney XD were delighted to have brought beach soccer to the football mad city of Sunderland.

The 2 week programme of activity included a full FIFA beach soccer international event, featuring England, Germany, Greece and Mexico (England lost in the final to Mexico on penalties). We also worked with council groups and football clubs from around the city and look forward to going back in the very near future.


Any Questions?

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