The sand was flying in the July heat as bars from across London came to Canary Wharf for an afternoon of sun, sport and drink at the Action For Kids beach volleyball championships.
Around 50 employees from establishments in the capital competed in the tournament as the sun scorched Montgomery Square .
The aim of the afternoon on Tuesday, July 19 was to help raise money and awareness for the Action For Kids charity, which helps to empower young disabled people by providing employment and training opportunities.
Action For Kids fundraising director Tracey Lloyd said: “The bartenders have basically come down to have a bit of a summer party, playing some volleyball and meeting up with some fellow bartenders.
“It’s a really lovely atmosphere, everyone seems to know each other but they all really want to win and they’re getting a bit competitive.
“It’s such a lovely venue here and it’s just good for everyone in Canary Wharf to not work all the time so they can come and have a bit of fun.”
Two teams were from Loves Company in Shoreditch and general manager Russell Burgess was enjoying the weather and the competitive spirit.
“It’s a beautiful day out in Canary Wharf,” he said. “It’s not something you expect. We have beach music blaring and everyone is jumping around having a good time and it’s all for an amazing cause as well.
“It’s a beautiful thing and the fact that we can do it and highlight this charity in a place where there is a lot of money is great.
“It’s all a bit of fun but when you are out on the court no, prisoners are taken. But it’s a lovely day, a lovely way to spend itand it’s all for a good cause.”
Nick Rodgers, managing director of sponsor Identity Drinks Brands, said such events helped to encourage bartenders to be more health-conscious.
He said: “It just gets people down to play some sport and to enjoy themselves. The sun today has been amazing.”
The temporary beach volleyball courts at Montgomery Square, set up by Action For Kids, will be in place until Saturday, July 30.
Bookings can be made on the Action For Kids beach volleyball website.
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