The inaugural Royal Championships for Queen & King of the Court in beach volleyball have been launched in Rotterdam, marking a significant milestone for the sport. The event, which runs from 5 to 10 September, promises to be a global gathering of top talent in the beach volleyball world.
The event was first annnounced and inaugurated a couple of months back with a unique spectacle as five players from Beachvolleybal Team Nederland descended from the iconic Euromast, passing a beach volleyball among them. The Euromast served as the backdrop for the introduction of this first-ever world championship in the Queen & King of the Court discipline.
World-class talent descends on Rotterdam
Thirty of the world's best teams in beach volleyball for each gender will compete in Rotterdam. The qualification tournament will feature 15 teams for each gender, with five teams advancing to the main tournament, where another 15 teams will directly qualify. In total, 120 players from over 25 countries will vie for the titles of Queens and Kings of Rotterdam.
Unique format and multiple venues
The championship will be held at five different locations across the city. The Royal Stadium at Henegouwerplein serves as the event's hub, while four side-courts are located at Afrikaanderplein, Museumpark, Schuttersveld, and Beachclub Rotterdam. The side-courts are open to the public free of charge.
Tickets and special occasions
Tickets for the Royal Stadium matches are available for purchase on the official website.
Social impact and community involvement
In collaboration with Sportbedrijf Rotterdam and Rotterdam SportSupport, various side-events will be organized within the local communities. The Royal Stadium will remain at Henegouwerplein for over two weeks, hosting various sporting and cultural events.
Wilco Nijland, CEO of Sportworx, emphasized the sport's growth, stating, “Rotterdam is a wonderful place to host the first World Championship.” Peter Blangé, CEO of Rotterdam Topsport, welcomed the Queen & King of the Court community to the city, highlighting the event's unique setup across multiple city locations.
How to get there
Directions to Henegouwerplein
Henegouwerplein is centrally located and easily accessible by public transport or car. The area is vibrant, surrounded by shops, cafes, and cultural spots.