Beach Volleyball News
Beach Volleyball News
The 2024 Beach Volleyball season will start in early May, at least on European soil, and the previously announced programme (click here) has been further expanded with the addition of the confirmed Beach Pro Tour Futures scheduled for the second half of the year. Players and fans alike can look forward to returning to a series of locations which have slowly but surely established themselves as real ‘hotspots’ on the global Beach Volleyball map – and to discovering some new destinations as well.
After an event scheduled for late June in Baden, Austria, where international Beach Volleyball competitions have taken place for almost two decades, the Beach Pro Tour will stop in Estonia for the very first time in history, with the city of Rakvere due to welcome a truly unprecedented Beach Volleyball competition of this calibre. The event will run from July 3-6, 2024, and is testament to the steady growth in the popularity of the sport across the Baltic country, owing very much to the sensational results achieved on the international stage by Kusti Nõlvak and Mart Tiisaar.
A double-gender event will be taking place in the city centre of Leuven, Belgium, for the fourth straight year, this time running from July 18-21, only a week or so before the start of the Paris 2024 Olympics. This is an ideal opportunity especially for the Belgian youngsters, who have made a name for themselves in recent age-group competitions, to step it up and aim high also when playing against their ‘senior’ peers.
The city of Myslenice, in southern Poland, is among the newest additions to the Beach Pro Tour. The double-gender Futures event at a lakeside venue will run there between August 15-19 – with Myslenice joining the likes of nearby Krakow, which is due to host single gender tournaments on consecutive weeks earlier in the year, as well as Myslowice, where this year’s #EuroBeachVolleyU20 champions will be crowned in late July.
Another very popular destination is Czechia’s second largest city, Brno, where another double-gender Futures will be taking place from August 22-25. The Czech teams are a major force to reckon with – just to mention the reigning men’s world champions David Schweiner and Ondrej Perusic – and the event in Brno will be run at the iconic lakeside venue Sokolske koupaliste, where multiple age-group European champions have been crowned over the years.
Following last year’s highly successful premiere, the Beach Pro Tour returns to southern Italy and more specifically to Corigliano-Rossano, Calabria, a popular seaside resort where men’s and women’s players will be taking to the sand from August 29 to September 1. Last year, the international premiere in this location ended with teams from Italy and Finland standing on top of the men’s and women’s podiums, respectively.
That very same weekend a men’s only event will be taking place in Poland’s capital, Warsaw, in the district of Wilanów, followed from September 5-8 by a women’s only competition at the same venue. This repeats the experience from last year when the local organisers had opted for a similar schedule to account for the very best possible conditions for teams and fans alike.
The 2024 Beach Volleyball season promises to be a truly exciting one, with unparalleled highlights such as the Nations Cup Final, the Paris 2024 Olympics and EuroBeachVolley – and as many as 20 Beach Pro Tour Futures accounting for plenty of opportunities for up-and-coming as well as more experienced teams to secure valuable ranking points and a share of the prize money at stake.