Summer Sports

Boxing sign historic deal with the Royal Navy


NOVEMBER 11 - LONDON'S HMS President provided the striking setting for the launch of a unique partnership between the Royal Navy and the Amateur Boxing Association of England which should help the country's best young boxers prepare for the 2012 Olympics.

British Volleyball makes first Olympic appointment


NOVEMBER 17 - BRITISH VOLLEYBALL has today made its first staff appointment in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games and has announced Wayne Coyle as performance manager.


Coyle, currenthly head of sport and director of Olympic and Paralympic strategy for Sheffield, will oversee the British programme on its course to Beijing in 2008 and, even more importantly, London.


He was previously a player, coach and team manager of the England men's team. Coyle's volleyball event management experience is unrivalled, and includes the World University Games in 1991, several international matches and the English National Cup Finals.


“Having a background in volleyball and wealth of experience, Wayne is the ideal person to set the foundations for a successful British programme," said Richad Callicott, the president of British Volleyball. "British Volleyball is also actively working to recruit a team of coaches for the programme.”


The post is being funded from the £4.04 million awarded to the sport earlier this year by UK Sport. The extra money has already enabled British Volleyball to hold several training camps this year.


“I am honoured by the appointment in a sport with which I have been very closely involved," said Coyle, who will start in the New Year. "The opportunity presented to British Volleyball to compete in the Olympic Games in 2012 is one which must be grasped wholeheartedly and I relish the challenge presented.”


Volleyball was introduced to the Olympics in 1964, but there has been no representation by Britain before. Beach Volleyball was introduced at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and Britain was represented by Audrey Cooper and Amanda Glover, who finished ninth. Britain qualify automatically as hosts in 2012.





Women to press for boxing to be included in 2012


altNOVEMBER 17 - THE International Boxing Association (AIBA) plans to use the Women's World Championships beginning in India tomorrow to press for inclusion in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and the 2012 Olympics in London.

Birmingham officials hail gymnastics success


NOVEMBER 25 - BIRMINGHAM officials have claimed that their chances of hosting the Chinese team during the build-up to the 2012 Olympics have been boosted by staging the 8th FIG Trampoline and Tumbling World Cup Final before a sell-out crowd at the National Indoor Arena today.

Britain to host 2009 World Modern Pentathlon Championships


OCTOBER 6 - CRYSTAL PALACE has been chosen by the Union International de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) as the venue for the 2009 World Championships, it was announced today. The event is expected to give the sport a massive boost during the build-up to the 2012 Olympics.

Sailing signs up new sponsor


OCTOBER 17 - GROUP 4 Securicor has joined Skandia Team GBR as one of four silver sponsors, backing the British sailing team in their quest for gold in Beijing 2008 and on home waters in London 2012.

Volleyball interviewing for new coach


OCTOBER 19 - THE British Volleyball Federation (BVF) have been busy interviewing prospective candidates to oversee preparations for the 2012 Olympics from the 120 applications received.