Beach Volleyball

BVT claim double triumph to secure second straight participation in CEV Beach Volley European Cup


Article Mon, Jun 10 2024

This past weekend, Beach Volley Training (BVT) triumphed for the fifth consecutive year to crown themselves winners of the Italian Beach Volleyball Club Championships yet again! The club from Beinasco, Turin, once again emerged as the dominant force in the competition open to clubs from across Italy, after they had already achieved the same feat in 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023. With this result, Beach Volley Training have made sure that they will be representing Italy in the second edition of the CEV Beach Volley European Cup – just as they did at last year’s premiere held in Balikesir, Türkiye. 

The players of Beach Volley Training (BVT) completed a clean sweep of the titles at stake on the beach of Bibione

The final stage of the national championship lasted for three days with the club based at Le Dune Sports Centre in Beinasco, Piedmont, further cementing their status as the real major force to reckon with in this domestic event. 

“We obviously feel much joy especially since we represent a very large group of people, all sharing the same mission. We work with athletes ranging from the U14 category up to ‘masters’ aged 50 or more and this is precisely our strength. What is the secret to our success? We have placed a lot of emphasis on some professionals who dedicate themselves 24 hours a day to Beach Volleyball Training, from communication to the secretariat, through to a large number of coaches and other people who truly devote their time to the club,” says Alessandro Contadin, who is at the helm of BVT.  

“Last year we competed in the CEV European Cup for the first time; we struggled maybe a bit, because it was our first experience outside Italy in an event where we did not know the true technical level that we would have to expect. Now we have taken some measures, and we will certainly try to show the value of Italian Beach Volleyball on the international stage. Can the Beach Volleyball stars of tomorrow emerge from Beach Volley Training? Absolutely. I believe that this is the quintessence of the work that clubs shall do. Like it happens in Volleyball, clubs must first believe in young people, perhaps starting with mini beach volleyball, and then ensuring that when they reach the age of 16 or 17, there are already trained athletes who know perfectly well how to play on the sand. This fifth triumph belongs to everyone involved. Sometimes we, I mean members, put the club at the top of our priorities, even ahead of family and friends. For this reason, I truly dedicate the trophy to all of us.” 

The club from Basiglio (Milan), I Follow Beach Volley, claimed the second step of the women’s podium, with the third place going to Romabeachtour. Romabeachtour finished in second place in the men’s competition, whereas I Follow Beach Volley ended up in third. 

The event held in Bibione was the curtain raiser for a busy and exciting Beach Volleyball season under the umbrella of the Italian Volleyball Federation (FIPAV). It did break all previous records, with 1,270 athletes accounting for 1,370 matches played, 66 match officials involved and as many as 94 courts! This competition has slowly but surely turned into a flagship among the many FIPAV activities. It did also set the tone for the opening stage of the Italian Beach Volleyball Tour, which is scheduled for June 14-16 in Caorle.