Take on a volleyball challenge and support Action For Kids at Wood Wharf

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More than 160 tonnes of sand will be poured into Canary Wharf on Monday to transform the area for the Action For Kids Beach Volleyball Championships.

Two beach volleyball courts have been created at Wood Wharf by children's disability charity Action for Kids, which will available from June 30 to July 18.

Alongside, there will be a sitting court to showcase the hugely popular Paralympic sport of sitting volleyball.

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To get involved, people can pop along as a spectator for free, or for the more active, courts can be hired privately at £10 per person, per hour.

Sports commentator and Action for Kids' volleyball pundit, Rob Walker, said: "The event is fun. I don't know what people normally do with their lunch hour but it is a great way to kill time - drag your bosses down, watch from the sidelines, have fun and get air in your lungs.

"Sometimes it can be difficult to give up a day but it gives time for teamwork, and the youngsters an opportunity to meet those who are raising money for them."

Previously, top UK beach and volleyball athletes who have coached teams and schools include Ben Pipes, Phil Smith and the Paralympians' Sitting Volleyball Captain, Rob Richardson.

Action for Kids' CEO, Graham Duncan, said: "Last year the event generated over £70,000, a target we are confident we can beat, with your help.

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"The money we raise provides motorised wheelchairs and bespoke mobility equipment not available on the NHS, which means young people can get out and about and are not stuck indoors, reliant on someone else.

"Action for Kids also provide work opportunities, employment training and accredited Independent Living Skills which encourage happy, inclusive and productive futures.

SideOut elite weekend tournament is July 5-6 with the top eight British teams
The all-action grand finale is the Corporate Tournament on July 18.

June 30 to July 18, Wood Wharf, actionforkids.org/citybeachvolleyball.asp.

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