Jamaica spread volleyball in schools
KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 26, 2014 - The Jamaica Volleyball
Association (JAVA) is earnestly continuing its drive to have
volleyball played routinely in all schools around the country.
The effort has yielded noteworthy results at both the primary
and secondary school levels, with the growing interest in the
sport credited to the efforts of Zone/Parish Coordinators and PE
Since initiating the JAVA primary-level schools competition in
2010, the competition has grown to almost double the number of
high schools participating in the Inter-Secondary Schools
Association (ISSA) competition, with over 60 schools
participating in the 2013/2014 edition of the competition.
Westmoreland schools have shown the strongest interest in terms
of total number of participants, due mainly to the efforts of
Haile Mikael, who initiated a primary school competition in the
parish in 2009. Mikael was later appointed as JaVA's Western
Regional Coordinator, responsible for the St Elizabeth,
Westmoreland and Hanover regions.
Richard Johnson, St Ann Parish Coordinator, has taken the parish
from two participating schools in 2011 to 14 in 2013. Ricardo
Williams and Andre Neil have driven the effort in St James,
while Lester Bernard spearheaded the programme in St Thomas, a
parish that has racked up a few volleyball accolades over the
past two years.
JaVA, through its School Development Manager, Warrenton Dixon,
is pushing to realise even greater participation, particularly
in high schools. Over the past few months over 25 new high and
primary-level schools island-wide have expressed interest and
are taking steps to participate in volleyball competitions. "We
are really pleased with the increased interest and we are doing
what we can, within our resource limitations, to nurture these
show of interests," stated Dixon.
"This is also a good time for them to show interest, so that
they can capitalise on the presence of Mr. Augusto Sabbatini,
the international volleyball coach visiting us from Brazil. We
have organised a number of two-day coaching clinics at
convenient locations around the island between 25 March and 12
April 2014. The clinics are targeted at PE teachers and coaches
at the school level but anyone who wishes to benefit from it can
attend as it’s free."