Local netball players will get a new playing surface this season.
The Cayman Islands government is currently in the midst of resurfacing the netball courts at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. The venue for most competitions in Cayman, the courts have not had major work done in several years.
Director of Sports Collin Anglin explains that the resurfacing is about improving the sport and catering to player safety.
“Work on the courts started last week and will take two to three weeks,” Anglin said. “The courts are essentially being refurbished, it’s been at least 10 years since they were resurfaced. It’s being designed for proper drainage. The workers are checking for depressions, filling in patches, laying a general coating and putting the overlaying green surface with all of the necessary lines.
“It will look better and the surface should have a good bounce. Over the years the green top surface goes thin and the courts have shown the underlying dark layer. That makes it harder on the joints. This resurfacing should reduce player injuries. The surface will still be hard but it will help to reduce shock absorption, similar to the outdoor basketball courts at Camana Bay.”
On the flip side a number of local teams will have their training sessions interrupted during the process. Currently most of the local squads use the courts as a practice venue, including Unity and defending champions Roma. The 2011-2012 season is slated to start next month.
Unity president Faye Green states the work comes at a time when her club had just made the transition to Truman Bodden.
“All of the teams train there like Rising Stars and All Stars,” Green said. “We would go and see them. We never used to train there as we used to be strictly at the New Testament Church in George Town. However we wanted the girls to get a feel of both courts.
“Some of them were timid because they were not used to the Truman courts. Others complained about the markings on the church court (it is marked up for basketball and volleyball in addition to netball). Another factor for the switch is because our normal court was being used often by the church.
“Even though Truman is being refurbished, more people have come out to our training sessions, which is good. Every Tuesday and Thursday we’re training 7.30-9.30pm. We’re also doing early Sunday morning running and fitness exercises at Seven Mile Beach.”