AFK Beach Volleyball Championships

AFK Beach Volleyball Championships

For the eighth year running, Action For Kids (now known as my AFK) took up a three week residency in Canary Wharf this month for the Beach Volleyball Charity Championships.


Throughout this year’s heat wave and the hottest day of the year, thousands of city employees, schoolchildren and professional players got on the sand to take part in the Olympic sport.


All new this year was the England Juniors’ tournament with Javier Bello and Joaquin Bello, and Zoe Baxter and Anaya Evans taking the winning titles.


Another addition was footvolley – beach volleyball with no hands – with 2016 UK Champion, Gary Titley, plus 2014 UK Champion, Ben Coyne, taking part in the tournament.


SideOut’s Elite Invitational Tournament saw premium European players competing with Vicky Palmer, Jess Grimson, Christoph Datler and Mark Baechli winning.


Different sectors joined in for therapeutic team building sessions with industry tournaments including bartenders, bankers, design and marketing agencies and many more.


TV sports pundit, Rob Walker, joined the corporate championships, where numerous Canary Wharf professionals and employees from the city’s top firms dressed up and took competition from the boardroom onto the courts.


my AFK’s CEO, Graham Duncan, said: “Beach Volleyball is our biggest fundraising event and we are thrilled that so many individuals and businesses took part – their efforts were fantastic.


“As well as raising necessary funds for us to help more disabled children around the UK, the chance to be in such a prominent area means we can further promote our mission to support young people with learning disabilities into work. We hope that businesses in Canary Wharf and beyond are motivated by what we do and get involved further.”


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Special thanks goes to: SideOutVolleyball England, the UK Footvolley AssociationCanary Wharf Group,Sytner Mini/BMWKone UKLondon City AirportThird Space SpaCNTNR Bar and Bleecker Burger.

The Corporates – BarclaysEuropeans Medicine AgencyParthenon EYS&P GlobalFitch RatingsJLL,Simmons & SimmonsThe Third Space SpaMarshall WaceAccentureRSA GroupCanary WharfEY.

The Agencies – leading design, advertising and marketing agencies with employees from SaatchiFetchJKR GlobalZak AgencyChalk SocialTRO, TAG, Brand FormulaPHD MediaRPMLandmark (DMGI), All Response MediaPure EventsGrey London and Wednesday.

The Bartenders – The Big EasyPachamamaThe London EDITIONRadio Rooftop BarBar LifeOld Street RecordsLondon CheerleadersLoves CompanyPlantation Rum and Boxer Gin.

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