Net gains in two districts

Five-a-side football struck a great accord with the East End youth.

Now attention turns to the sport of volleyball to reach similar acclaim with youngsters in both that district and West Bay.

That is because the Department of Sports is planning to launch a community sports group in West Bay. Its first event is slated to be a volleyball competition in mid-January 2010.

Deputy Director of Sports Collin Anglin gave details on the initiative.

‘We have the West Bay Sports Committee up now,’ Anglin said. ‘They have had meetings and are getting organized. Their first event is going to be a district volleyball league starting around 23 January.

‘In the next week or week and a half the public can look out for flyers on that.’

Thus far Anglin has had the support of a number of community stalwarts including football coach Roy ‘Huta’ Ebanks and John Gray Memorial Church members such as Gerry Robinson (mother of local racer Dante ‘Ross’ Hydes).

Meanwhile the East End community sports group is getting ready to launch its own volleyball event in the New Year.

As East End group organizer Vernie Watler-Harris states it’s all in the name of exercise and friendly competition.

‘In the New Year we’re using a different sport that won’t conflict with the local football leagues. We’re looking to have kids in volleyball once they’re 13 years of age and up.

‘All being well we can launch the same time as West Bay. That way we’ll be getting some competition for the kids.

‘From there we hope to start swimming for the younger kids. The idea at this point is for the children to swim at Ocean Frontiers for three months.’

As Anglin states the idea of sports geared to the districts has garnered much positive feedback.

‘People really like the idea of an initiative for community sports. Most people want to see it up and running all over Cayman.

‘After West Bay we’re looking to start in Bodden Town or North Side and get those people going.

‘We truly feel community sports are at the heart of overall sports development. It caters to the masses, it improves the health and well-being of the community and it can be used to bring families closer while tackling childhood obesity.’