Volleyball to head to primary schools in St Vincent
Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, July 20, 2012 - The
sport of Volleyball could soon be introduced to the primary
school level here in St Vincent and the Grenadines as one of
the major plans of the Executive of the St Vincent and the
Grenadines Volleyball Association, led by Eardley Martin.
Martin said that the introduction of the sport in the primary
schools is being targeted for the new school year which begins
Seen by Martin as the cradle, who said, “the primary school is
the best way to get the youngsters into the sport”.
“We are trying to build on the rise of Volleyball here and no
better way that to do it, but with the youths”, Martin said.
“This will be basically an introductory process which will be
built on when the students go to the secondary schools”, Martin
Martin singled out the secondary schools competition and the
national male and female tournaments, which are set for
resumption soon, as testimony of the reclaiming of volleyball as
a main stream sport in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
At present, Martin suggested, “Volleyball is enjoying a new
resurgence in interest and popularity. We are seeing persons who
were once in the sport coming back and we are also seeing new
persons getting into volleyball.”
This rebirth in Volleyball said Martin began since in 2010, and
that the resurgence has been both on and off the court.
Apart from the tremendous amount of ground work done by current
executive in advertising Volleyball, recent successes of
national teams on overseas missions have sparked a rerouting of
Listing the successes, Martin reported that in 2010, the junior
male team placed second to St. Lucia in Antigua under Coaches
Marlon Williams and Vance Andrews, while the male senior team
place third to St. Lucia and Grenada in St. Lucia in Eastern
Caribbean Volleyball Association (EVCA) competition.
This he said was another boost as the schools’ team claimed of
both the male and female volleyball titles at the Windward
Islands schools’ games in St Lucia in 2010.
In 2011, the junior male team won the male ECVA competition in
Anguilla which qualified them for 2012 Continental Cup in
Colorado Springs from 25th August to 2nd
of September this year.
In April and June, both the male and female senior teams, placed
second to St Lucia, and head to the second round of the FIVB
World Championships and to the finals of the EVCA competitions.
The males will do battle in St Lucia, with the females
contesting the six team competition in Antigua and Barbuda.
These Martin said were achieved despite his association not
having a home court or an indoor facility, like the other
Martin though is thankful to the principal of the Girls’ High
School, Andrea Keizer- Bowman, who has permitted his association
the use of the school’s hard court and other facilities.
In outlining the plans for the remainder of 2012, Martin said
that the St Vincent and the Grenadines will have a presence at
the FIVB 33rd world congress in Anaheim, California
September from 17th to 22nd.,
Martin revealed that in November, the St Vincent and the
Grenadines Volleyball Association will host its Annual General
Meeting and “this to chart the way forward for 2013, which
should be another big year for volleyball in St Vincent and the