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(HZ) UK Volleyball
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Summary: The UK's volleyball beach in Brighton
Story No: 536002
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 09/11/2007 11:12 AM
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1. Various of Debbie Spokes and others playing volleyball

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Debbie Spokes, director at Beach Volleyball UK

"All we want to see is the game progress and to get further up in the World Series level and if that means we have to wear a small bikini, then we wear a small bikini. So once we have sand to play on and a good facility and a good coach, that's the way it is."

2. Various of women playing volleyball

3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Spokes, director at Beach Volleyball UK

"It might seem a little odd going to all the trouble of building a beach near London when Britain is an island and we're never more than an hour or two's drive away from the sea but unfortunately it's not quite as simple as that, because a lot of our beaches in the UK are not sand, they're gravel or stones, in some cases, large stones and rocks."

4. Pan of quarry

5. Processing tower

6. Various of sand piles

7. Various of Rhys Buckley, Industrial Sands Sales Manager

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rhys Buckley, Industrial Sands Sales Manager

"The coarse grain sand would be too coarse to use directly for a volleyball pitch, it would be slightly too abrasive and our medium grain or leisure sand may be slightly too fine so we've blended the two products together to give us a material which is soft enough to touch that it's not going to cause any abrasion but it's coarse enough to hold itself and have a bit of give and movement when people land and move around on it. If it's too fine it may just blow away."

9. Various of digger truck loading sand

10.Various of Horse Guards Parade

11. Pan of Brighton beach

12. Various of volleyball game

13. Various of Katie Randall, directors, Yellowave Inc.

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Katie Randal, director, Yellowave Inc.

"As you can imagine, United Kingdom does get a lot of rain but the grain of sand that we've got here is such that it is a little bit bigger which allows drainage so you can carry on playing despite it raining. In fact just two days ago we had pouring with rain but people were still playing with our weekly league that goes on, so I think, if you don't mind getting wet playing football in the park, why not get wet playing beach volleyball on the sand?"

15. Volleyball Game

16. SOUNDBITE (English) SOUNDBITE (English) Andy Jackman, detective in London

"It's not quite Rio de Janeiro but the sand under your feet while you're playing with your friends and fresh air, it's just a wonderful place to be."

17. SOUNDBITE (English) SOUNDBITE (English) Kathy Jackman, nurse in London

"Wouldn't play in bikini, not this time of day."

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Caroline Wright, unidentified profession (jack of all trades, she said).

"Maybe a swimming costume." (Laughter).

19. Various of volleyball game

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Beach volleyball is the fastest growing Olympic sport but the UK continues to lag behind some of the sport's superpowers.

The vent will be showcased in the historic Horse Guards Parade during the 2012 games.

Now, the first permanent beach sport centre has opened in Brighton and other projects are underway.

STORYLINE

Beautiful white sand, blazing sun and four bikini-clad women playing volleyball, you could be in California or Brazil.

A closer inspection reveals a white picket fence with surrounding trees behind a high, brick garden wall. And no sea in sight.

This is an artificial beach a short train ride from central London and just a few minutes away from one of Europe's busiest motorways.

Located in the spacious grounds of the luxury hotel The Grove, this urban sandy space is more than just a new attraction for novelty-seeking guests.

For these four female volleyball players, the 8 by 16 meter court is one of the few sites with world class sand in the UK to train on.

Exhibition events like this one, gives these Olympic hopefuls a rare chance to show off their skills and to raise the profile of the sport, traditionally neglected in the UK.

As a prominent director at Beach Volleyball UK and still dreaming of making the 2012 Olympic team, Debbie Spokes says she has no problems wearing a bikini if it helps to attract fans and finance for new facilities.

The women playing beach volleyball have had more success than their male counterparts to make the sport popular around the world. In fact, beach volleyball is one of the world's top three participation sports as well as the fastest growing Olympic sport.

Beach Volleyball reached olympic status in Atlanta 1996.

Beach Volleyball UK hopes that initiatives such as this urban space in the Grove will help the sport reach the popularity it enjoys in America, Australia and much of mainland Europe.

David Spokes, a director at Beach Volleyball UK, says that although Britain's island geography means it is surrounded by beaches, many of them are made up of either gravel or stones.

For a venue to qualify for a beach volleyball tournament it needs sand more than athletes.

Any site hoping to host a world volleyball game has its sand approved by a group of Canadian sand judges who ensure that every granule of sand matches the standards set by the International Volleyball Federation.

So where do you create the perfect sand? One unlikely place, given its otherwise green and verdant setting, is a quarry in Reigate, southern England.

At this quarry, managed by Hanson Aggregates, a mix of silicates (minerals composed of silicon and oxygen) and minerals are classified in processing towers and discharged into stockpiles of varying grades of sand.

Rhys Buckley, Industrial Sands Manager, holds out two different piles of sand that to the naked eye, may look virtually identical but in fact vary in texture and use.

He explains that one variety is coarser and for industrial uses such as the manufacture of glass, while the other is finer and used in equestrian surfaces or golf courses. For beach volleyball, the perfect sand is a combination of the two. The texture has to be soft enough to land on but firm enough not to blow away too easily.

Sand engineering is nothing new to the volleyball, since the late 1980s in order to broaden its appeal and practice, the sport spread from the beaches of California and Brazil to non coastal areas of the world.

The creation of the perfect batch of sand starts with silica being dug up from the quarry face, transported in small piles along a conveyor belt to be washed and classified into different sizes, after which it is discharged into stock piles.

To create a standard volleyball pitch, a lorry will have to be loaded up to 60 times.

Rhys Buckley is confident that on the strength of the ideal volleyball pitch sand it has supplied, hoping that Hanson Aggregates will win the London 2012 Olympics contract to supply Horse Guards Parade with sand.

Hanson can already boast it has supplied sand for the UK's first permanent beach sports venue in Brighton, a popular coastal resort which is made up of pebbles.

The recently opened Yellowave Beach Sports can hold up to six beach volleyball courts and runs local leagues, as well as training for young children.

The brainchild for this centre is Katie Randall, who until recently was training alongside members of the British beach volleyball squad.

There are plans for at least three other Yellowave centres in other parts of the country.

Close to the south-west town of Bath, an indoor sand court for the top volleyball players was recently launched. And in the north west beach town of Blackpool, plans are also underway to create a sandy beach centre.

Katie says the sand at Yellowave was specially created to absorb water quickly, an important consideration in a rainy climate like Britain's. But in spite of unpredictable weather, she says that the average amateur beach volleyball players are undeterred by rain.

As the excited shrieks of the amateurs playing, its clear that enjoying yourself is more important than displaying the perfect winning combination shots.

Andy Jackman, a detective in London who is playing in Brighton for fun, says that Brighton may not be quite like Rio de Janeiro but playing with friends in the fresh air is wonderful.

His wife, Kathy Jackman, jokes that she wouldn't play in a bikini like the top female players, not during the colder times of year anyway.

The Brits still have to catch up with the American and Brazilian stars of the game, but for sportsmanship and camaraderie, these amateurs would win top medals.

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Subjects: Women's sports, Women's beach volleyball, Summer Olympic games, Beach volleyball, Volleyball games, Parades, Sports, Women's beach volleyball, Olympic games, Events, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle
Organisations: Great Britain Olympic Team, Brazil Olympic Team
Locations: Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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UK Olympics
Title:
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Summary: Olympics flags raised to mark handover
Story No: 579870
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 09/26/2008 03:44 PM
People: Boris Johnson, Sebastian Coe, Christine Ohuruogu
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1. London Mayor Boris Johnson, chairman of London 2012 organising committee Lord Sebastian Coe and Olympics minister Tessa Jowell arrive at ceremony

2. Schoolchildren cheer and save flags

3. Olympic and British flags are raised as Tower Bridge slowly opens

4. Sailors stand to attention as British national anthem is played

5. Pull back from Olympic flag to wide of flags in front of Tower Bridge

6. Crowd applauds

7. Pan from Olympic flag to British flag

8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Boris Johnson, Mayor of London:

"It's a very proud moment for me and I hope for many people in this city and this country. It symbolises the transfer of responsibility from Beijing to London to produce the world's greatest festival of sport, and I've no doubt that we're going to do a great job."

9. Veterans of 1948 London Olympics line up alongside Boris Johnson

10. Close up of 1948 Olympians with Johnson

11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ronald Cooper, 1948 Olympian:

"This one should be the best, because we had nothing in 1948. We'd just come out of the second world war. We had no food."

12. Close up of Olympic flag flying

13. Wide of crowds watching flags flying in front of Tower Bridge

STORYLINE:

The Olympic flag was raised over London on Friday, marking the countdown to the 2012 Games in the British capital in just under four years time.

London's iconic Tower Bridge was the backdrop for a colourful ceremony hosted by the mayor Boris Johnson, together with 2012 organising committee chairman Lord Coe and Olympics minister Tessa Jowell.

The gates of the bridge opened up in salute as the Olympic flag - together with the Paralympic and British flags - were slowly unfurled.

Hundreds of schoolchildren waved union jacks in bright sunshine as the ceremony took place.

The Olympic flag was unfurled by Christine Ohuruogu who won gold for Britain in the 400 metres in Beijing.

Paralympic rowing champion Helene Raynsford and Paralympic swimming champion Chris Holmes raised the Paralympic flag.

Mayor Johnson said he and his colleagues would spend the next four years working flat out to deliver an Olympic Games to be proud of.

The raising of the Olympic flag over London was a big moment, he said.

Also attending the ceremony were a number of British athletes who took part of the Olympics the last time it was held in London, back in 1948.

Ronald Cooper, now 80, competed in the 1948 Games as a boxer.

He said the 2012 Games, with its budget of 9.25 (b) billion pounds Sterling (17 (b) billion US dollars), would be a far cry from the modest Games he remembered from 64 years ago.

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Subjects: Paralympic Games, Disability sports, Events, Sports
People: Boris Johnson, Sebastian Coe, Christine Ohuruogu
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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UK Olympics
Title:
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Summary: Fears that global finance crisis will affect 2012 Games
Story No: 582284
Source: POOL, AP TELEVISION, VNR
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 10/16/2008 05:12 PM
People: Boris Johnson
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Pool

16 October 2008

1. Various of British athletes being paraded through London

2. Aerial of crowds awaiting athletes in Trafalgar Square

3. Fanfare as athletes are showered with confetti

4. Athletes waving to cheering crowd

5. Various of crowds celebrating and waving flags

AP Television

16 October 2008

6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tessa Jowell, UK Olympics Minister:

"We bid for the Games in one economic climate, and we're hosting them and preparing for the staging of them in another. It's a matter of fact that there's less private-sector money at this moment than there was when we first won the bid. However, we have to expect that this will change over time."

7. Various of London mayor Boris Johnson chatting with athletes

8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Boris Johnson, Mayor of London:

"Obviously its tighter times than they were before, and we're now going to deliver the Games in very different economic circumstances from those in which we won the right - the privilege - to host them. But I think the international community understands this. They know that we're going to use British ingenuity, British inventiveness to deliver a Games that's every bit as wonderful as the Games in Beijing - but in our own way."

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9. Wide of Olympic park construction site

10. Construction works

11. Construction vehicle passing Olympic sign

AP Television

16 October 2008

12. Wide of crowds in Trafalgar Square

13. Nelson's Column against cloudy sunlit sky

14. SOUNDBITE: (English) David Cameron, UK opposition leader:

"We've got to work very hard with the government and with everyone involved to make sure that we can fund the Games properly, and that we can bring in private money as well as public money. There are arguments that the government has left it a bit late to do that, and they haven't been particularly competent about that. But look, we've just got to get on and make sure we make these Games every bit as successful as I know they can be."

AP Television

13 October 2008

15. Wide of Lloyds TSB building

16. Close of Lloyds TSB sign

AP Television

16 October 2008

17. Lloyds TSB sponsorship officials in Trafalgar Square

18. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nigel Gilbert, marketing director, Lloyds TSB:

"We have no wish to spend less - or more - than we'd originally planned. So we will be committed to this sponsorship as much as we ever have been throughout this period."

VNR (Olympic Delivery Authority) - ++No re-use/re-sale without clearance++

19. Computer generated images showing completion of Olympic stadium

STORYLINE:

Britain saluted its Olympic heroes on Thursday amid new uncertainty over the country's ability to fund the 2012 Games in London.

Thousands of people flooded the streets of the capital to watch the athletes parading from St Paul's Cathedral through to Trafalgar Square.

There, in the shadow of Nelson's Column, the athletes were feted with fanfares and cascades of confetti.

For officials charged with organising the 2012 Games, the parade was a brief respite from the challenge of grappling with the impact of the international financial crisis.

London mayor Boris Johnson insisted that 2012 wouldn't turn out to be a repeat of the so-called Austerity Games - a reference to the last time London staged the Olympics just after the Second World War - despite the recent downturn in the economy.

"Obviously its tighter times than they were before, and we're now going to deliver the Games in very different economic circumstances from those in which we won the right - the privilege - to host them," he said.

"We're going to use British ingenuity, British inventiveness to deliver a Games that's every bit as wonderful as the Games in Beijing - but in our own way."

The British government has set a budget of 9.3 (b) billion pounds (17 (b) billion US dollars) for the London Olympics.

The private sector is expected to contribute 2 (b) billion pounds (3.4 (b) US dollars) of the cost, of which around 650 (m) million pounds (1.12 (b) US dollars) would come from domestic sponsors.

Much of this has already been pledged, but there's concern the financial crisis may prompt new sponsors to give less than they intended to, or stay away completely.

Around 250 (m) million pounds (431 (m) million US dollars) has still to be found from private-sector companies.

"It's a matter of fact that there's less private-sector money at this moment than there was when we first won the bid," acknowledged Olympics minister Tessa Jowell.

"However, we have to expect that this will change over time."

The government has already indicated that some aspects of the 2012 Olympics, including the athletes' village, may have to be scaled back but it maintains that the overall scope of the project won't be affected.

Britain's opposition leader David Cameron questioned the government's approach to fundraising from the private sector, but said his party would work to ensure the success of the Games.

"We've got to work very hard with the government and with everyone involved to make sure that we can fund the Games properly, and that we can bring in private money as well as public money," he said.

"There are arguments that the government has left it a bit late to do that, and they haven't been particularly competent about that. But look, we've just got to get on and make sure we make these Games every bit as successful as I know they can be."

New uncertainty over sponsorship came earlier this week when the government part-nationalised four major banks, including one of the so-called Tier-1 Olympic sponsors, Lloyds TSB.

It's understood Lloyds TSB has agreed to sponsor the 2012 Olympics to the tune of around 80 (m) million pounds (139 (m) million US dollars), and any suggestion the bank might back away from this would create a serious shortfall in funding.

But bank officials emphasised Thursday they had no intention of cutting back their financial support for the Games.

"We have no wish to spend less - or more - than we'd originally planned," said Lloyds TSB marketing director Nigel Gilbert. "So we will be committed to this sponsorship as much as we ever have been throughout this period."

The challenge now for the Games organisers is to ensure other sponsors come forward to fill the funding gap that remains.

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Subjects: 2012 London Olympic Games, Summer Olympic games, Financial crisis, Olympic games, Economy, Government and politics, Events, Business, Financial crisis, Financial markets, Sports
People: Boris Johnson
Organisations: Great Britain Olympic Team
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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UK Olympics
Title:
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Summary: IOC inspectors praise massive progress in Olympic preps
Story No: 603883
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/23/2009 06:39 PM
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21 April 2009

1. Wide pan of main Olympic Stadium site

2. Various of IOC coordination commission inspectors at site

23 April 2009

3. Wide shot of news conference

4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Denis Oswald, Head of IOC Coordination Commission:

"We can confirm that London 2012 is on the right track. We had the opportunity to visit the park and for many of us it was the first time since May last year, so eleven months and we were really deeply impressed by the progress made in the construction of the different venues. The stadium is impressive."

5. Wide pan of news conference

6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Denis Oswald, Head of IOC Coordination Commission:

"Well, I think this recession does not only hit this country, but it is a world problem. As I said before, I don't think the preparation of the Games is really affected because LOGOC (London Olympic Games Organising Committee) has been quite cautious and quite successful in their sponsoring programme."

21 April 2009

7. Various of Olympics Stadium site with building work underway

STORYLINE

The International Olympic Committee praised the "astounding" progress in preparations for the 2012 Olympics on Thursday and said the London Games have not been slowed by the global recession.

Denis Oswald, head of the IOC's coordination commission for London, said the games remain firmly on time and on budget despite the financial crisis.

"We can confirm that London 2012 is on the right track," Oswald said at the close of a three-day visit, the first since the panel's last trip a year ago.

He said the commission was "deeply impressed" by the progress made on the Olympic Stadium and other key construction projects in east London.

Last year, Oswald gave London organisers "9.75 out of 10" for their work. This time, he declined to give a specific rating but said it was "close to 10."

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe reassured the IOC that preparations have not been derailed by the economic downturn.

Organisers are confident they will stay within the 9.325 (b) billion pound (13.8 (b) billion US dollar; 10.6 billion euro) budget for venues, infrastructure and regeneration.

Oswald noted that the London organising committee, known as LOCOG, has already raised about 500 (m) million pounds (740 million US dollar; 567 million euro) of its domestic sponsorship target of 700 (m) million pounds (1 (b) billion US dollar; 794 million euro).

"LOGOC has been quite cautious and quite successful in their sponsoring programme," Oswald said.

"The recession does not only hit this country. It is a world problem," Oswald said. "I don't think that the preparation of the games is really affected."

However, because of a shortfall in private funds due to the downturn, the British government has dipped into the Olympic contingency fund to cover some of the costs of the athletes' village and other projects. But Oswald said he was confident there would be enough left in the contingency for any other needs.

Oswald defended the 9.325 (b) billion pound infrastructure budget, saying the money was an investment in regenerating the Stratford area of east London.

The panel visited the Olympic Park on Monday, including the construction site of the 80,000-capacity Olympic Stadium. The arena will be converted to a 25,000-seat venue after the games.

Construction is also under way on the athletes' village, aquatics centre, velodrome and media centre.

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Subjects: Financial crisis, National budgets, Government budgets, 2012 London Olympic Games, Olympic games, Recessions and depressions, Construction and engineering, Municipal governments, Sports governance, Financial markets, Business, Financial crisis, Economy, Government finance, Government business and finance, Government business and finance, Government and politics, National budgets, National governments, Summer Olympic games, Sports, Olympic games, Events, Industrial products and services, Industries, Local governments
Organisations: Great Britain Olympic Team
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe, United Kingdom, European Union
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