March 4, 2014
Sport Court to boost local volleyball

The laying down of an all-weather sport court for volleyball at the Girls’ High School, is seen as a major boost for the sport here.{{more}}

Expressing that view last Saturday was president of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Volleyball Association Alana Mc Master, as she witnessed Kittitian Beville Smith overseeing the proceedings, assisted by several members of the local volleyball fraternity.

“It will definitely boost the sport here … It is a great achievement for us … It is very much welcomed,” Mc Master told SEARCHLIGHT, as she smiled from ear to ear.

The red and blue coloured tiles covered the entire surface at the Girls’ High School hard court.

“It will help our players immensely by reducing the chances of injuries from the hard surface of the asphalt type court,” Mc Master added.

The national volleyball president underscored the fact that it is all-weather, which reduces the wait time to resume matches and practice, following rain.

The installation of the court comes smack into the firms’ volleyball competition, which at times is affected by adverse weather conditions.

Mc Master acknowledged the initiative by the former executive under the presidency of Eardley Martin, to acquire the court from the North Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA).

Martin was able to get the approval of the sport court in 2011; however, his executive was unable then to get the approval from central government for a suitable area to install the court.

The court is valued at US$30 000 and is a synthetic surface, composed of interlocking grids which are laid on mainly concrete surfaces.

It is of basically no cost to the St Vincent and the Grenadines Volleyball Association, as NORCECA also bore the cost of shipping it from Utah in the United States of America.

St Vincent and the Grenadines is among one of the few remaining member associations of NORCECA to have a sport court installed in its territory.

The donation of sport court surfaces forms part of the development programme implemented by NORCECA.(RT)