One of the highlights of last year’s London Olympics were arenas filled with sand for the popular beach volleyball.
But volleyball is a sport that has been thriving in Linlithgow for many years, and needs more players to continue its success story. Jean Bruce is chairwoman of Linlithgow Volleyball Club, and she has enjoyed the game for the past 30 years.
She said: “It’s a lot of fun and there’s great team spirit. It’s also really good for fitness and although I’m turning 50 this year, I’m going back to playing in the national league for an Edinburgh club - it’s a big commitment but I love it.”
The local club, the Linlithgow Hornets, meet at Linlithgow Academy on Wednesdays from 7-9.45pm for aged 16 years and above.
Jean added: “We have all ages and all abilities, for men and women, and people come from Livingston, Alloa and Dunfermline to play. We’ve done well recently, winning the District Cup in May, and we came runner up in the District League, losing to our closest rivals, the City of Edinburgh.”
The team had a tough run of matches to win the District Cup, taking out Peebles, City of Edinburgh, Kinross, and Arbroath, and one of the great strengths of the club is that they regularly test their skills in competition.
Jean said: “We have a range of players from beginners to ex-national league players, and we are affiliated to the Scottish Volleyball Association.
“There’s the opportunity to play at different levels, playing four-a-sides and six-a-sides, and the hall we use at Linlithgow Academy can host national league games, so we had the Edinburgh Jets 1st Division team playing here last year.”
The club has also recently received sponsorship from Scotia Bearings in Grangemouth for new strips, and they are gearing up for a beach volleyball contest at Portobello on Sunday, August 18.
For those interested in trying their hand at volleyball, the first session is free, with subsequent sessions priced £5 at Linlithgow Academy.
For up to date information on the club go to the Linlithgow Hornets volleyball club Facebook page or go along to one of the Wednesday night sessions.