While most focus on the Olympics, Cayman netball will be busy this summer.
A dance fundraiser, national team tryouts and an increased online presence will be some of the items on the agenda for the Cayman Islands Netball Association. Up first are skill clinics for women aged 15-20 across Grand Cayman, starting from 10 July.
The sessions are being used to identify a national youth team ahead of the seventh World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on 22-31 August, 2013. The netball association intends to send at least one local squad to that competition. National coach Gillian Lee is leading the sessions and spoke about their importance.
“They will be in July, starting from the second week, leading up to the Stella Maris fundraiser,” Lee said. “They will be Monday to Friday, 9am-12noon. Cayman netball has got a long way to grow, limited amounts of people play the sport. I want to build that up.
With the school competitions, only the better ones tend to play.
“Part of my role the next couple of months is to get kids more active, no matter the ability level. We need to have more participants in the 17 and over age group. With more teams you can have multiple grades going to get out what they want out of it.
“We’re also doing three-week long primary school camps. They will be in East End on 30 July-3 August, in George Town on 9-13 August and in West Bay on 23-27 August. We’re organizing the venues and it will be aimed at grades 4-6.”
The skill clinics take place every Tuesday in July starting on the 10th and ending on the 31st. They continue into August, starting on the 7th and ending on the 28th. The Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts will serve as venue from 6.30-8.30pm. Participants are advised to bring plenty of drinking water. An additional session for 11-14 year-olds is being planned for Thursday evenings during July and August.
From there comes the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble on 20-22 July. The Jamaican group, known for their socially conscious routines, were here last May and are slated to return to the Harquail Theatre.
In the midst of that, netball will extend its reach digitally via a new website. Caymannetball.ky had a soft launch earlier this month and houses information relating to local leagues and upcoming events.
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