Denise Austin founder of Beach Volleyball Inc began playing in 1984 and she first met Mo Glover in 1987 in Cardiff at an England Indoor training camp. Denise says “I was blown away by the talent in this 16 year old who has so much confidence that I wanted to be just like that!”
They competed alongside each other in the national junior and senior squad through 1987-88 and against each other on the National Beach Tour from 1990. In 1991 after a trip to Australia Denise convinced Mo to travel to Perth and then onto San Diego for 8 months. Since then they have been firm friends and competitors.
In 2000 they began working with the National Juniors and have been running beach camps together ever since.
“We have a very similar philosophy about what it takes to make a good beach volleyball player but different ways to get that message across. It’s inspiring to work with Mo and we love what we do!”
Denise has been coaching beach volleyball in the UK since 1995, when she ran the first National Junior Beach Camp.
Since then while competing she has maintained her contact with coaching and developed the top level players while competing against them.
Zara Dampney GBR Olympian in London 2012 began her beach volleyball career learning in Croyde with Denise from the age of 15.
Denise Austin’s other major developments have been in the Beach Volleyball Camps for recreational players and has run well over 100 camps in the UK and abroad since 1995, for more information please see the Coaching & Camps page.
There isn’t anyone who has survived playing and coaching in beach volleyball longer! She has written the book on coaching and how to coach coaches, she pioneered the international beach volleyball travelling player, as well as initiating most of the junior developments in beach volleyball from national training camps, to regional and national tours, set up the first permanent beach volleyball court on the beach and built the first permanent inland court. She is currently the VE National Junior Beach Volleyball Head Coach working as a volunteer to grow the sport in England.
Amanda ‘Mo’ Glover is England Beach Volleyball’s unofficial National Treasure. She is one of only two British Olympians to have qualified for the Olympics. Her full playing history can be found at bvbinfo.com.
Along with Denise she has coached all the national and international juniors and is one of the most respected people involved in the sport in the UK.
She has an energy, passion fuelled with fun and laughter that is infectious, the training camps where Denise and Mo work alongside each other are driven by the desire to see everyone understand what it takes to be the best beach volleyball player and partner they can be.