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London 2012 test event's legacy for beach volleyball venues

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Image caption The sand for the test event originally came from a quarry in Surrey

Sand from the London 2012 beach volleyball test event is being used to create seven new courts in the city.

Olympic organisers have donated 2,274 tonnes of sand to three sports venues in a bid to increase interest and participation in the sport.

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, The Score Sports Centre in Waltham Forest and Westminster Academy Sports Centre will receive the sand.

The sand for the test event originally came from a quarry in Godstone, Surrey.

Twenty-four teams took part in the competition, which took place from 9 to 14 August.

The event was held in the same venue within St James' Park's Horse Guards Parade that will be used for the Olympic event next summer.

Debbie Jevans, director of sport at Games organisers LOCOG said the donation meant that the sport's Olympic legacy could "start to happen before the Games have even begun".

Richard Callicott, president of Volleyball England, said: "We will be able to enthuse young people and run coaching clinics and teach people about beach volleyball so that they can enjoy the Games even more."

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