The Beach Tour in the starting blocks

The Beach Tour in the starting blocks
The Beach Tour in the starting blocks

“I met a lady whose husband organized the tournament in 1954!” jokes David Guelle, president and player of the Royan Atlantique Volley-Ball club. Although old, this succession of summer tournaments became “Tourn…

“I met a lady whose husband organized the tournament in 1954!” jokes David Guelle, president and player of the Royan Atlantique Volley-Ball club. Although old, this succession of summer tournaments that has become the “Tournée des plages” promises a whole new atmosphere after the remarkable season that the Pirates team has had. Their 4e place in League B and their semi-final in the play-off have sparked renewed enthusiasm around the discipline, both indoors and on sand. “Some Pirates players will come and watch the competition when the professional season resumes, around August 12,” promises David Guelle.

3 000 lots

As for the organization, the nets will be moved from beach to beach, from Meschers-sur-Gironde, to Mathes-la Palmyre, via Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, Royan, Vaux-sur-Mer, Saint-Palais-sur-Mer. “The tournament does not seek to be professional, you just have to create your team of three and come and register between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.,” explains David Guelle. The registration fees (7 euros for minors, 9 euros for adults) will be used in part to finance the 3,000 prizes promised by the tournament.

The tournament will naturally be beneficial for the club, too, which is looking to increase its budget for the next season, determined to continue its momentum. “We are in contact with a private investor from Pays Royannais. We just have to finish the administrative procedures to be able to benefit from its funding,” confirms David Guelle. Important for everyone, the upcoming season will be even more so for David Guelle, who sees it as his last as a player.

First tournament this Sunday, July 7, on the Grande Conche beach, in Royan.

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