GB Beach Volleyball star Issa Batrane joins fight to protect world’s oceans with SEA LIFE TRUST

06/07/2023 16:29:32

SEA LIFE TRUST has welcomed leading GB beach volleyball player Issa Batrane as its first athlete brand ambassador.

The charity, working globally to protect the world’s oceans and the amazing marine life that lives within them, has signed Issa following another successful Global Beach Clean, which sees hundreds of people around the world take part in ocean, waterway and land clean-ups on World Oceans Day each year (8th June).

Now, by teaming up with influential ambassadors from around the world like Issa, the charity is striving to reach even more people than ever before with their vital conservation message and vision - of a world where our seas are healthy, protected and full of diverse life.

Issa Batrane is a full-time British beach volleyball player, who won both the Junior and Senior British Beach Volleyball Championships before the age of 22. Today, Issa plays alongside his team partner, Freddie Bialokoz, and, together, they hope to become the first British men’s team to qualify for the Olympic Games. This year’s sporting goals include the 2023 World Championships in Mexico, the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

However, it’s Issa’s passion for the ocean and beaches he plays on that has inspired him to step up as a voice for SEA LIFE TRUST, which he hopes to share as he competes around the world.

Issa Batrane, SEA LIFE TRUST ambassador, said:

“What a privilege to become an ambassador for the SEA LIFE TRUST and sit alongside such ocean-loving talent! 

“I’m delighted to be using my platform to support the fantastic work they do in protecting our world’s oceans. And I’m super excited to hear about the important findings from their Global Beach Clean.”

Graham McGrath, Managing Director of SEA LIFE TRUST, said:

“We are thrilled to have Issa on board as an ambassador. Issa will be able to help us share our vital message about ocean conservation as he travels the world as part of the British beach volleyball team.

“With the support of voices like Issa’s, we can continue to inspire others to do more for their oceans and the ecosystems within them.”

Alongside its annual beach clean, SEA LIFE TRUST works around the world to support practical local conservation projects to protect marine wildlife and their habitats, as well as working on conservation campaigns to effect long-lasting change on a global scale.

The charity also operates two marine wildlife sanctuaries; the world’s first Beluga Whale Sanctuary in Iceland and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, UK, which has been rescuing and rehabilitating sick and injured seal pups before releasing them back into the wild for more than 60 years.

Issa joins fellow ambassadors TV presenter Andy Torbet, marine biologist Sarah Roberts and model Jena Goldsack during an exciting time for the charity.