“We have a lot of ex-college players, a lot of competitive club players in the youth program,” says KBVC board member Kelly de Chantal. “I think it’s very good volleyball.”
“We had more teams sign up this year than in 2019,” says Alex. “We are really excited to see this growth.”
That’s not to say the club only wants the best of the best athletes to come and play. Tuesday night league nights are for everyone – organizers make sure teams compete at a similar level.
“If you win, you go up. If you lose, you go down,” says Alex. “After some weeks, [the league] begins to regulate itself, and that’s good. We want everyone to have close games and enjoy them here. Really recreational for leagues on Tuesdays, then weekend tournaments tend to be a bit more competitive.
This weekend, the club is hosting its biggest event of the year, as The Beach Tour, BC’s premier beach volleyball competition, comes to town.
“This weekend’s tournament will be the most competitive we’ve ever hosted in Kamloops,” said Kelly. “There will be big prize money, there will be teams traveling from Kelowna and Vancouver to come and play. The way it works with Volleyball BC is that it’s all points based, so they’ll need to have competed in other events on the circuit to qualify.
This high-level competition deserves to be seen. That’s why the club has organized additional benefits for those who want to watch.
“We will have food trucks here, we will have live music. We’ll have all kinds of volleyball action here from around 9:00 a.m. until around 3:00 p.m.,” says Alex. “It will be sunny and warm, so you can go to the beach and swim and then come and see a few games. It’s great fun and I’m really looking forward to it. »