This summer, for the fourth year running, the National Beach Volleyball Finals 2016 will be taking place on the golden sands of Margate beach on 20 and 21 August. Thanet District Council (TDC) Sport Matters team will be hosting the event, which attracts the top players throughout the UK and across Europe.

The National Charity Partnership, a partnership between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco, will headline sponsor this years event.  The partnership is giving its support as part of it’s national Let’s Do This campaign, which aims to encourage hundreds of thousands of people to improve their health by getting active and eating better.

The event will also be supported by Canterbury Christ Church University Sports team and local coaching provider, Motiv8 Sports, who have been integral in assisting TDC in bringing the Finals back to Margate.

Volleyball England has rewarded the venue with the prestigious finals for a fourth consecutive year beating tough competition from other coastal towns across the country following Margate hosting 6 years of qualifying events and being rated the best event on tour.

Players will be trying to qualify for the Margate finals throughout the summer’s other events at Great Yarmouth, Skegness, Weymouth and Bridlington, before the beach season comes to an end with the Finals weekend  in Margate.

The event will provide Thanet’s residents and visitors with a fantastic opportunity to sit in free grandstand seating to watch an elite sport. There will be music and entertainment throughout, which is sure to create a fantastic atmosphere. As well as this, people will have the chance to get involved and try beach volleyball out for themselves, all for FREE at the permanent Beach Sports Court on Margate Sands operated by sponsors, Motiv8 Sports.

Thanet District Council’s sport department has been working closely with Volleyball England and sponsors to host the event, with the aim to encourage people of all ages to come along and participate in a fun and energetic sport. The National Finals will be the biggest beach volleyball tournament in the country this year alone which offers a great volleyball event for spectators, officials and players.

Volleyball is an extremely popular sport and is one of the most spectated sports in the world.  With the natural coastline that Thanet has to offer Beach volleyball is the perfect sporting venue to welcome England and Europe’s beach volleyball stars!

Why go to the Margate Masters?

  • See the top National Beach Volleyball Players on the VEBT circuit.
  • Televised and streamed online.
  • FREE Entry and FREE grandstand seating for all the family to enjoy.
  • An opportunity for all the family to have a go on the FREE Community ‘Go Spike Courts’
  • Game commentary and music to create a vibrant atmosphere.

Inspired to have a go at volleyball?

Go Spike is your chance to try one of the best sports around – volleyball! Whether you’ve never played before and want to give it a go or you haven’t played since you were at school – or on holiday – Go Spike gives you the opportunity to come and try! Go Spike weekend will be taking place 27-29 August. Go Spike is aimed at getting adults (aged 16+) into volleyball. To find what’s happening near you simply visit the Volleyball England website and use their Go Spike session finder.

Anyone under the age of 16 who is interested in playing volleyball should email