Volleyball Coach pleased with local response in SVG

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, January 4, 2019 - Cuban-born volleyball coach and FIVB Level One Instructor Francisco Cruz Jimenez is pleased with his stint working with the St Vincent and the Grenadines Volleyball Association (SVGVA).

Since arriving last October, Jimenez has worked with schools and community teams throughout St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), as well as the national teams.

Assessing the progress of his charges, Jimenez related, “the men’s team and the junior women’s team are improving too…They are coming on nicely.”

Speaking specifically about men’s national team, Jimenez commented, “Every player is in very good condition....They are tall, they have good general physical condition which helps them.”

The Cuban coach also lauded their willingness to learn, despite the absence of many support systems.

“They come to practice without a stipend but they show interest. They don’t have an indoor court, but use what they have and that is good,” Jimenez commended, as be at times struggled with his English.

Jimenez is on the facility available. Jimenez observed, “After 5:30 (pm) here (the Girls’ High School hard court) you toss the ball and the ball moves, because of the wind. So that affects their precision. It affects the setter, it affects the spiker”.

Jimenez said that since arriving in SVG, he has been well cared by the executive of the SVGVA for which he is grateful.

Commending the work of the SVGVA executive, Jimenez is calling for greater support for the sport.

“The (SVG Volleyball) association needs to get more support….They need to apply to the FIVB and NORCECA too, for more assistance,” Jimenez proposed.

Jimenez thinks that such support is mandatory as St Vincent and the Grenadines volleyball is making progress, mainly through the achievements of the senior men’s team and the programs of the SVGVA.

The SVG senior men’s team has again qualified for the inter-continental championship later this year in Cuba, having won the Eastern Caribbean.