The £ 35,000 project, part of Scottish Volleyball’s Sand for Schools program, was inspired by the temporary training site built in a local farmers barn in 2017 for Scottish athletes preparing for the Commonwealth Games from 2018 to Gold Coast. When the farmer finally needed his barn back, the sand was transferred to the school to carry on the legacy of the games.
The Liberton Beach Volleyball Center will house two full-size courts with an adaptable play equipment and net system to accommodate a variety of other beach sports and outdoor activities. The facility aims to attract people of all ages and skill levels, with the potential to host international tournaments and events as well as a training venue for Commonwealth Games athletes.
It is hoped that connecting top athletes with local youth will help spark their interest and ambition.
Those behind the project say the focus will be on using the facility to support the health, well-being and skills development of students and local people in the Liberton area. and Gilmerton.
Liberton manager Stephen Kelly, who was instrumental in making the project happen, said: “We are all incredibly thrilled to have this fantastic beach volleyball facility here in Liberton. We all watched with pride the Scottish Commonwealth team compete in the Gold Coast and the best part of this project for us will be the opportunity for our youngsters to see up close what it takes to achieve excellence in performance and then aspire to make the same use of this facility.
Edinburgh Beach Volleyball Club has invested financially in the project and will run the facility outside of school hours, working closely with the school to create opportunities for students and teachers to play sports both during the day school and as part of an after-school program supported by Active Schools Edinburgh.
Scottish Volleyball Executive Director Margaret Ann Fleming said: “Scottish Volleyball is very excited about the potential of the Sand for Schools project to inspire the next generation of players, coaches, officials and volunteers, and recognizes the positive social impact that our sport can have. on people of all ages and abilities, on and off the pitch.