Volleyball: Search on for beach stars

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SCOTLAND are on the look-out for the next generation of beach volleyball talent as the new outdoor season looms.

Ediburgh’s Shauna Mullin took her talents all the way to the Olympics in London last year after moving from the indoor game. Whitburn’s Audrey Cooper played at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and now the look-out is on for players to follow in their footprints.

While UK Sport cut off the budget for the indoor game, there are still funds available to send beach teams to Rio 2016.

The Scottish Volleyball Association (SVA) is looking for players aged 14-20 to offer performance coaching over the summer.

A six-week training programme will take place on Portobello beach on Wednesday evenings from May 22 and there will be similar courses run in Troon and St Andrews.

The SVA are keen to send players to the European coaching camp in Malta from July 30 to August 4.

It is the chance for young players to take the first steps to a possible Olympic place.