Nearly 100 Tower Hamlets primary school pupils tested their beach volleyball skills on the sand in Canary Wharf.
As part of children’s charity Action For Kids’ annual beach volleyball championships, school children from Our Lady and St Joseph in Poplar and St Agnes in Bow were given free taster sessions of the sport on Thursday, July 16.
Nearly 200 tonnes of sand were transported to the area and, after hours of shovelling and raking, the space was transformed into two beach volleyball courts.
And the pupils couldn’t wait to get on the sand once they arrived.
Our Lady and St Josephs year one teacher Jess Cargill said: “This is fantastic, we were all so excited – beach volleyball is something really different in London; our school is based in Poplar and a lot of these kids don’t get the chance to experience this much sand, let alone beach sports.
“I think they were a little overwhelmed when they first got on the sand but the coaches were brilliant with them and they’ve all learnt some beach volleyball skills.”
St Agnes’ year four teacher Sinead Donnelly said: “It’s exciting to have this beach setting in the inner city, I don’t think some of the children have seen sand before. They were excited, we’d all watched clips from Olympic volleyball beforehand and it was great to get on the sand and try out some of the moves.”
Event partner, SideOut volleyball club, links with top volleyball stars, including Team GB stars Phil Smith and former captain Ben Pipes, who also gave free coaching to the children.