Beach Volleyball Latest: Matt Grinlaubs will no longer stay with GB Post

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  • Beach Volleyball Latest: Matt Grinlaubs will no longer stay with GB Post

Beach Volleyball Latest: Matt Grinlaubs will no longer stay with GB Post

The head coach of Great Britain Beach Volleyball Federation (BVF), Matt Grinlaubs resigns from his position after completing four-year tenure. He is supposed to officially stop working with GB athletes at the end of March, 2011. Grinlaubs has decided to take a break from his busy routine and give time to his young family. In the recent years, he dedicated himself to the GB Team and travelled with them to different places in the world.

His schedule got more tought as the indoor beach court at Whitechruch in Bristol closed last year. After the closure of local training centre, the GB teams couldn’t find any winter indoor base in UK. The GB women beach volleyball team had no option but to move out. They travelled to New Zealand, Australia and Tenerife for training purposes. Currently, the team was prepared for the regular season of 2011 and spent most of time hanging out of UK. The coach’s presence was vital, so Grinlaubs stayed away from his family for a better time. In this scenario, Grinlaubs came with tough decision of leaving his job.

However, the GB coach is leaving the team at a very crucial stage. The 2011 SWATCH World Tour is just around the corner. The Brasilia Open is set to take place in next month of April. The GB Players are preparing for the upcoming competition but they will have to familiarize with some new coach. The President of British Volleyball Federation, Richard Callicott commented that they had a very good time with Matt but obviously he had to go on account of family reasons. He thanked Matt for his excellent work for four years. Callicott is hopeful that they will soon find an appropriate person to lead GB athletes.

Grinlaubs also shared his thoughts about leaving GB squad. He stated: “This decision has been a very difficult one to make but, in the end, I have to do what I think is best for my young family. The last four years with British Volleyball have been very rewarding and I have enjoyed my time with the BVF. I will be very sad to leave”.

 

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