Shoppers get volleyball lessons in Sunderland mall

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SHOPPERS were given lessons in volleyball at a Wearside mall.

Coaches from the Sunderland Volleyball Club visited the indoor beach at The Bridges, Sunderland, to hold a demonstration of the game and to offer children the chance to try out the popular sport.

The team created a volleyball pitch in the sand and provided one-on-one sessions with children who were interested in learning more about the game.

Andy Bradley, centre director at The Bridges, said he hoped the event would raise awareness of keep fit and alternative ways to exercise.

Mr Bradley said: “It’s fantastic that the Sunderland Volleyball team have been able to use our indoor beach to showcase the sport and their skills to our shoppers.”

He added: “We’ve had a summer of amazing sport and we hope that seeing the coaches’ play on the beach and being given one-on-one tuition will encourage the children of Sunderland to keep active and try their hand at volleyball.

“Our indoor beach has provided the perfect place to keep children and their parents entertained over the summer holiday and the volleyball lessons have provided an added reasons for shoppers to come and visit during the final days of the indoor beach.”

Sunderland Volleyball Club launched this summer after seeing a surge in interest for the sport following the London games.

The team is inviting anybody who is interested in learning more about volleyball to join the club.

The Bridges’ beach was installed for six weeks in Central Square and closed for winter at the weekend.

Entry to the beach was £1, with 50p of every pound given to the MS Society, the centre’s national charity partner.

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