French Saint Martin shows off
brand new court
The FIVB Men’s World Championship Qualification Tournament
NORCECA Group D was played on a spanking new polyvinyl surface
that heralded in a new era in volleyball in St. Martin.
The court which was a gift from NORCECA and obtained through
Sport Court arrived in St Martin in March of 2012. With the
assistance of the government, the Volley Association (LVBIN) was
able to assemble the court and present it as one of the
attractions for the tournament.
President of the Volleyball Association Mr. Thierry Stephens
expressed his satisfaction. “The court is part of a programme
by our parent organization NORCECA aimed at improving the level
of Volleyball in the East Caribbean Region. So in collaboration
with Sport Company - Sport Court and the government of French
St. Martin, who signed on from the very beginning, we were able
to receive this invaluable gift,” he stated.
One home based player- Rotilio Richardson was very happy with
the new court. “Before the court arrived we used to play on a
vinyl type surface overlaid on concrete. Apart from the presence
of moisture or dust that may cause you to slide I much prefer to
play on the new court when compared to the old one,” he said.
The president indicated that he received several reports from
coaches and other players that the presence of the court would
raise the standard of play among the players once they continue
to practice and play on it. “They say that it is much easier on
the legs and arms, one is able to move more freely and can do
more overall,” he reported.
The president also revealed that it was their intention to
submit proposals to host more tournaments in the future. “Next
year for sure we intent to request to host a junior tournament
then we will determine where we will go from there,” he stated.
The court is replete with the insignia of FSM (French Sint
Martin) outline in red amidst the blue playing area.
“This came about as there was one blue title missing during the
assemble stage and someone came up with the brilliant idea to
use the red tiles to mark the acronym and it worked out fine. I
believe that this style will be copied by the others who are yet
to receive their courts,” Mr. Stephens explained.