Volleyball, Beach Volleyball &
Beach Sports In North Devon
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Our Team

The Academy of Beach Sports Executive and Committee Members

After the EGM on Monday 3rd Dec 2018 the following are now in place – more details to follow 

Ian Huggins Chair 

Matt Rhymer Head Coach 

Michelle Davis Treasurer 

Christine Farr Welfare Officer 

Jayne Hill Senior Secretary 

Becky Spencer Youth  Secretary 

Denise Austin Beach Events 


As of the AGM 29th September 2018

Chair Person 

Denise Austin 

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.

Denise Austin GBR U21 Coach

Chair Person
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 Fallow

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. 

Claire Fallow at Gold Coast Ocean Fest 2013

Vice Chair 





Becky Spencer

becky spencer

Special Events Co-ordinator and Thank You Officer 









SW Womens Team Head Coach 

Tom Shacklock 

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).

tom shacklock

Committee member
Level 2 Coach
Grade 3R referee

SW Ladies team coach






SW Womens Team Coach 

Immy Dawes 

SW Womens Assistant Coach 

Tim Newton  

SW Womens Team Secretary

Jayne Hill  

SW Mens Team Coach 

Matt Rhymer

Tim Latcham

Luis Stansbury 

SW Mens Team Secretary

Jo Morgan   

NVL Division 1 Head Coach  

Matt Rhymer

Press Officer

Iain Morgan 


Michelle Davis 

Junior Development Officer 

Luis Stansbury 

Web Administrator

Luis Stansbury 

Child Welfare Officer

Matt Rhymer

Committee Members 

Angie Ellis, Nicky Lyall, Mary Anne Redstone 






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