JULY 2 - AMERICAN car manufacturer Dodge are to sponsor this year's Urban Beach Volleyball Tour, which will stage matches across Britain's cities, it was announced today.


During the next few weeks the Dodge Urban Beach Volleyball Tour will travel to Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Portsmouth, Birmingham and Cardiff.


Over 200 tonnes of sand will be brought to each location to create a beach court, surrounded by an arena for spectators.


Players confirmed for this year’s tour include for the first time, guest Australian pairs Sam Boehm and Christopher McHugh and the high flying Aussie girls Becchara Palmer and Alice Rohkamper, while Englishmen Jody Gooding and Morph Bowes return to defend their 2008 title.


There will also be fun Beach4 tournaments, where local teams can battle it out on the sand for the title of ‘Beach4 City Champions’.


There will also be development events to try to get youngsters involved in the sport.


Tim Cantle-Jones, the event director of the Dodge Urban Beach Volleyball Tour, said: “Our Tour has proven to be hugely successful in the past and with the sport hotting up for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, we’re sure this year’s is going to be even bigger and better.


“This is a chance for people of all ages and abilities to get involved, whether you’re completely new to volleyball or already a member of a team.


"It’s great fun and also a unique opportunity to see the professionals in action.”


The tour is calling at Milton Keynes July 11-13 in Station Square, Glasgow July 19-20 at its River Festival, Portsmouth August 8-10 in Gunwharf Quay, Birmingham August 14-17 in Centenary Square and Cardiff Bay August 23-25.


All the events will build-up to the FIVB World Under-21 Championships taking place in Brighton on September 3.


For more information about this year's events visit www.urbanbeachtour.co.uk.