SIDEOUT JOINS UK BEACH TOUR!
London, 14th June 2018
This will be implemented with immediate effect and the key changes for players are as follows:
- All of our SideOut London Grand Prix tournaments will be classed as UKBT 4-star events;
- All of our SideOut Summer Series men’s and women’s events will take place as UKBT 3-star events;
- All of our SideOut Summer Series mixed tournaments will take place as UKBT 1-star events;
- Teams that took part in the first two SideOut Summer Series tournaments of this season (12-13 May and 9-10 June) will be awarded their UKBT ranking points retroactively;
- Starting with this weekend’s tournament, all entries for the SideOut London Grand Prix will be based on UKBT ranking points;
- Starting this weekend, all entries for the SideOut London Grand Prix and the SideOut Summer Series will require a valid UKBT membership; and
- All of SideOut’s tournaments from 2017 will now be eligible for UKBT ranking points using the “365-day” ranking system currently in place.
Additionally, SideOut will now officially become a joint owner of the event management company behind the UKBT, UK Beach Tour Ltd, and we will also have a director on the Board of the company.
This great news follows eight months of SideOut, Deep Dish and other partners from the beach volleyball community working together to establish the UKBT and to receive official sanctioning as the new National Tour from beach volleyball’s national governing body, Volleyball England. Unfortunately, the negotiations and discussions with Volleyball England were more complicated and time-consuming than expected. Therefore, despite all of our efforts and our strong desire to work in partnership with Volleyball England, we have now decided to proceed independently, but with Volleyball England’s blessing for this new initiative while keeping the door open to a potential future partnership.
We now look forward to continuing to work together with our partners to drive the UKBT forward and take beach volleyball in the UK to the next level.