Team England made their debut in beach volleyball at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games where the sport appeared on the programme for the first time.
Team England won for the first ever beach volleyball gold medal in the men’s competition at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games which were held in the Bahamas.
This sport, consisting of two teams of two is a challenge of tactics, and technique. The event which was held on the luscious sands of the Gold Coast will return to the the centre of Birmingham for the 2022 Games. The home crowds atBirmingham will provide an incredible atmosphere and sheer thrill to this invigorating and developing sport.
As the drama unfolds in Birmingham with the sand surrounding them, the athletes will rise to the opportunity and give everything they have got to try and beat their opponents in this incredibly competitive event.
Three points away from the semi final, Team England take on Scotland. Gregory and Sheaf take the win with 21 points and will play for the bronze medal. This match had some fantastic rallies with great control and was a bitter sweet win playing a nation so close but their success was well deserved on the Golden sand in 2018.
Team England sent both a men and women's team to Australia and were close to winning a bronze medal but were narrowly edged out at their debut appearance. This fight and determination to return with a medal will carry over to the home Games.
The Birmingham 2022 Games will hold beach volleyball at Smithfield and we are sure the athletes will play hard with a home crowd behind them at the city centre venue.
Chris has been involved in volleyball for many years, he volunteered at London 2012 Olympics in beach volleyball and was also a Line Judge for Paralympic Sitting Volleyball. More recently he has worked as Team Manager for the Senior England Men indoor team and still tries to play volleyball himself in the National League for his club Coventry & Warwick Riga in the West Midlands.