Commonwealth Qualifiers at Portobello This Weekend

September 20, 2021

Our Beach Volleyball stars have the opportunity to secure a place at Birmingham 2022 this weekend when Portobello plays host to the Commonwealth Games European Qualifier.

The winners of the event will secure their nation’s spot for the Games, with the only other avenue open to our athletes being via their world rankings.

Which countries are taking part?

The European Qualifiers will include Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar and Cyprus. As host nation for the Commonwealth Games, England have guaranteed places.

Who is representing Scotland?

The woman’s pairing has been confirmed as Lynne Beattie and Melissa Coutts, who competed for Team Scotland when Beach Volleyball made its Commonwealth Games debut at Gold Coast 2018.

In the men’s event Graham Riddle has been selected alongside Jamie McHardy. Riddle was also part of Team Scotland at the last Commonwealth Games, in the role of Men’s Head Coach.

Where and when?

The action takes place at Portobello Beach, Edinburgh. The competition starts on Friday afternoon, with teams competing in pool play across the first two days before finals day on Sunday. Entry is free, with spectator seating available.

Is the event being streamed?

If you can’t make it down to Portobello the action will be streamed across Scottish Volleyball channels and BBC Scotland online.

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