Volleyball juniors in the spotlight
The long-serving president of the Barbados Volleyball Association (BVA), John Griffith, has targeted the resurgence of the game at the junior level when the BVA launches the new season this weekend.
Last year the BVA opted to put the lower division on hold in order to split the first division from the other competitions and to stage the lower divisions in the earlier part of the year.
“While the first division is played indoors at the Wildey Gym, the lower division teams were competing at the outdoor courts,” said Griffith.
“With the problems of the rainy season and with a shortage of coaching and officiating personnel, as outlined by the clubs, the BVA acceded to their requests to stage the lower divisions from February.
“Thus, the spotlight will be focused solely on the lower divisions during this period and many of the players will be battling to improve to represent their clubs in the upper division which will serve off in August,” added Griffith.
He was speaking at the handing over of the sponsorship cheque for the Cooperators General Insurance Junior Knockout Tournament which spikes off on Saturday, with nine teams looking to dethrone queens Deacons and ten vying to stop kings Foundation United.
Marketing manager of Cooperators General, Cheryl Forde said that they were happy with the marriage of their name with knockout volleyball in Barbados.
“The BVA continues to stage a very competitive knockout since we linked forces over ten years ago and we are looking to become even more involved in the lives of the clubs and the players beyond the sport,” she said.
“With the current economic situation in the world and in Barbados, Cooperators will continue to offer attractive packages to the volleyballers as well as other sportspersons to assist them in making wise financial decisions to ensure their success as sportspersons and citizens of Barbados,” said Forde.
Following the knockouts, the league will serve off on March 9 with Deacons looking to keep their iron grip on the men’s and women’s second and third division titles.
Eight teams will take part in the men’s Division 2 and five in the third division, while six will battle in the women’s second division and seven in the third division. (KB)