Group established to bring beach volleyball to various parts in PH

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Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) was established to boost the sport in the country.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — After being part of the wave of players that gave indoor volleyball a much needed boost in the Philippines, Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, Charo Soriano, Dzi Gervacio, and Bea Tan are hoping to do the same for beach volleyball through Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR).

BVR was put together to promote a beach volleyball lifestyle throughout the country, much like the surfing culture prevalent in the country.

The enterprising volleybelles took it upon themselves to create a group in the hope of attracting more familiar names to help further their cause. They also plan to make the most of the Philippines’ countless beaches by bringing the group’s events to various parts of the country.

According to Ho, the goal is also to make the sport of beach volleyball more sustainable as time goes by, and to build something within the participants of the sport.

“We also want to build a community, it is not just about playing the game,” said Ho. “It is not just about doing tournaments, it is also about establishing the relationships with each other.”

As the group tours the various parts of the country, the volleybelles will promote the sport through exhibition tournaments, develop local talent through a grassroots academy, and enhance the level of competition through a professional beach volleyball circuit.

At the end of it all, the group hopes to develop a competitive stable of beach volleyball players to represent the Philippines.

“One of our goals is to somehow create a pool of players to compete and tour,” said Cayetano. “At the end, kung sino manalo, they can represent the Philippines.”