The Academy of Beach Sports Executive and Committee Members
As of the AGM 29th September 2019
Denise has been the Chairperson of the Academy of Beach Sport since its creation in 2004. A passionate player, coach and organiser involved in many aspects of beach volleyball in North Devon, The South West and Nationally. Loves to see the game played on any beach anywhere in the world, and is really pleased to see so many new people starting to play the game in North Devon.
Club Head Coach
NVL Division 1 assistant coach
Level 2 Coach
VE Staff Tutor
VE Lead Tutor Beach Volleyball
VEBT National Champion 2011 & 2012, 2018
Claire first started playing volleyball whilst studying for A levels at North Devon College and played with Denise in a very successful squad. She then moved away from the area but found that it was a sport that she could play in most places that her job took her, although has only really played at local league and regional standard. She recently moved back down to Barnstaple, older and wiser, and has enjoyed getting involved with the beach academy and playing again as well her two children both play for the U16 girls team. Winner British Colleges 1987.
Special Events Co-ordinator and Thank You Officer
SW Womens Team Head Coach
As part of my role as level 2 coach I have undertaken some courses so that I am suitably qualified (for example the protection and well being of children course). For this position I have to maintain the safety and well being of the children involved within this clubs activities.
I started playing volleyball two years ago when I first met Denise Austin, I thought that it was another sporting avenue that I could be extremely competitive in. My desire to achieve stems from an ultra competitive background due to participating frequently in national military 4 x 4 navigational driving events, as well as national civilian navigational events, and county driving competitions (called Tyro’s).
To date my highest volleyball based sporting achievement was finishing 20th out of 24 in the sixth division (competing against players such as the South West U18 beach volleyball champion – Jack Walker as well as Tristan Dampney), during the grand slam held at Croyde beach in North Devon, (Goldcoast Oceanfeast), being my first ever beach tournament it adds sentimental value to my significant achievement. I have also participated in the national colleges cup with North Devon College (representing both the mixed team and the male team).
Level 2 Coach
Grade 3R referee
SW Ladies team coach
SW Womens Team Coach
SW Womens Assistant Coach
SW Womens Team Secretary
SW Mens Team Coach
SW Mens Team Secretary
NVL Division 1 Head Coach
Junior Development Officer
Child Welfare Officer
Angie Ellis, Nicky Lyall, Mary Anne Redstone