THE Welsh Grand Slam is set to return to Barry Island this weekend.

Fireball Beach Volleyball and the UK Beach Tour have joined forces to stage a Welsh Grand Slam – on Barry Island – on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5.

The tournament debuted in 2021 and is returning – with the dates to coincide with the national Thank You Day (June 5) and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

In the lead up to the Welsh Grand Slam there will free community sessions all week in Barry Island, with a free ‘come and try court’ activity for people to try out. 

Organiser Sam Dunbavin said:

“We love the Thank You Day event as it helps to shine a light on lots of those who normally remain thankless.

“The volunteers, officials, organisers and people behind the scenes help to make our sport work so it is vital that we give them the recognition they deserve.”

He added that this is also a chance to celebrate the beach volleyball community.

What is Thank You Day?

Thank You Day – which launched in 2021 – is a chance to get together with neighbours, friends, and families to celebrate what makes our communities great and to say thank you to those who have made a real difference to our lives.

The day is being backed by numerous institutions and groups. Plus big names including:

  • Gareth Southgate;
  • Gary Lineker;
  • Ross Kemp;
  • Levi Roots;
  • Lorraine Kelly;
  • Ellie Simmonds;
  • Prue Leith;
  • Alan Titchmarsh;
  • Anne Wafula Strike.

Brendan Cox, co-founder of the Together Coalition which organised Thank You Day, said: “The past couple of years have been testing for all of us but - with The Platinum Jubilee celebrations - there’s never been a better excuse for a big party, to say thank you to everyone who has helped us through.

“We’re getting together to raise a glass to The Queen for 70 years outstanding service and say a great big thank you to each other.”

For more information about Thank You Day visit