Successful Cool Volley Festival in St. Lucia
Castries, St. Lucia, August 17, 2012 – The St. Lucia Volleyball
Association, with significant support from the International
Volleyball Federation (FIVB), hosted a Cool Volley Festival at
the Sab Playing Field where some 9 primary schools participated
in the first ever of this kind.
This program is part of the association’s strategy to introduce
the game of volleyball to school children of primary school age.
After one month of pre event training conducted primarily by the
newly appointed General Secretary of the Association, Wendell
Jean Baptiste and some help from the Cuban volleyball expert
Luis Oviedo from the Ministry of Youth Development and Sport,
the children were ready to take the field.
The Cool Volley Festival was well attended. Some 48 student from
grades 4th and 5th showed up in force to enjoy a day of fun and
The goals of the Volleyball Association were met as students
learned, through simple volleyball drills, the techniques of the
game and it was clear that they also had the opportunity to
develop and display the more important intangibles such as
teamwork, discipline and problem solving skills.
From the number of beaming faces and positive comments from
teachers, it was more than evident that Cool Volley is the wave
of the future in primary school sports and volleyball
The St. Lucia Association is working assiduously to launch a
primary school volleyball program in at least eight schools in
the Castries Basin in September 2012 as it has already procured
all the equipment to do so. Additional it is poised to launch a
similar program in secondary schools.