Turtle Netters crawling to Truman Bodden for baby steps

Youth netball plans to take a few steps forward.

The Cayman Islands Netball Association is staging the first sessions of its youth development programme this Saturday, 2 February. A collaboration with Cayman National Bank, the initiative is called the CNB Turtle Netters.

The Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts will be the venue for 15 sessions. The main days are Saturdays (grades 3 and 4 from 8 to 9am and grades 5 and 6 from 9 to 10am), Tuesdays (grades 7 and 8 from 3.30 to 5.30pm) and Wednesdays (grades 9 and 10 from 3.30 to 5.30pm). Registration is required.

Coaching local youngsters weekly will be Cayman’s national coach, Gillian Lee. Sessions will include technical skills, games and match play.

Ms Lee said the endeavour will benefit residents.

“It means that young netballers can get expert coaching so they can become the best netballers they can be, by developing the correct skills and knowledge of the game early on in their lives,” Ms Lee said. “Not only will it provide awesome fun netball activities but enable players to learn netball and the skills required to play at their best.”

CNB has supported netball in the past. In recent years, the company backed a team in the netball association’s open league. This season’s team features talent like Karen Smith-James.

The two older groups will also enable the netball association to develop national Under-14 and U-16 squads.

News of Saturday’s clinics comes as the national women’s league plans to introduce monthly featured games indoors at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. The first matches are slated for Saturday, 9 February, from 5.40pm. Admission is $2.

A commitment to the 15 sessions is required. Check out the details on the netball association’s web site, caymannetball.ky. For more information, call 923-2708.