After boosting the indoor volleyball this year, the Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) has found it challenging for beach volleyball to grow but they are ready to conquer adversity in 2016.
“[This year is] challenging of course. But because we are passionate enough to dedicate much of our time and effort to the sport that we love, it somewhat makes things worthwhile. We enjoy playing the sport so much and we know there are so many others out there, just like us, who really are just hungry to play beach volleyball,” said BVR volleybelle Bea Tan in an interview with The Manila Times.
“We want them to be able to join us and grow the sport massively in every part of the country. We aim to make it sustainable enough that even others who are not as financially capable can still play the sport,” added Tan who, alongside with Brazilian Rupia Inck, claimed the first-ever BVR Christmas Open championship held at SM Sands by the Bay on December 20.
BVR is a group of players composed of Tan, Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, Angeline Gervacio and Charo Soriano, which aims to promote the sport throughout the country much like the prevalent popularity of indoor volleyball.
Tan said with the support they are receiving, the sport has a strong potential of growing in the country.
In the first months of 2016, BVR team will start to roam in the country to scout regional talents. Some possible circuits will be in Cagayan provinces, Bacolod, Boracay, Palawan, Dapitan, La Union, Cebu, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.
According to the organizers, final schedule will be released after New Year but fans can expect a bolder 2016 ahead of the beach volleyball community.
“They should expect bigger and grander tournaments all over metro and other parts of the archipelago. BVR has prepared different programs such as workshops, exhibition games and tournaments to continue the growth of beach volleyball for next year,” said Tan.
“Us players want to spread our love for the sport to as much people as we can and we need them to give us the chance to make them fall in love in the sport that we are so passionate about,” added Tan.