Netball has a number of programmes on offer to attract children who are out of school.
For starters, the Cayman Islands Netball Association is hosting mid-term break clinics for youngsters ages 8 to 14. The two-day sessions started Thursday with the final day on Friday. Action will take place indoors from 9am to 3pm.
Technical director for Cayman netball Gillian Lee will serve as organiser and she said the goal is fun, positive activity.
“You will enjoy your netball even more if you improve your netball skills,” Lee said. “Holiday clinics are designed to teach you new skills, include fun activities and have you playing netball like a pro. I look forward to teaching you all.”
On Friday, 15 February, drills and exhibition games will be at the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall at the University College of the Cayman Islands in George Town.
Friday’s session costs $25 and participants must provide transportation to and from the clinic. All players are asked to bring their own water bottle and are reminded training starts promptly at 9am.
Saturday, 16 February, will bring the next instalment of the Cayman National Bank Turtle Netters programme. Taking place at the netball courts at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, the programme is funded by CNB and is spearheaded by Lee.
Netball association president Lucille Seymour said the Turtle Netters programme is especially promising due to the involvement of parents and young children.
“Education and sports work hand in hand to shape the youths of these islands,” Seymour said. “Through sports, they learn to work as a team, build self confidence and build sound character with good moral values.
“Netball was a key sport, in that they learn skills to think fast, follow directions and make the right choices,” she added. “It also helps them to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep fit. All these skills will be useful to them in the workforce and in day-to-day living.”
The Turtle Netters programme allows children to pick up the basics of ball handling, running, shooting and positioning. Assisting coach Lee during the sessions are budding stars from the Under-21 squad including Kimberly David, Noviann McLean, Hannah Peralta, Karla Rankin, Aaliyah Webb and Alexia Walton. Among the adult volunteers are Vicki “Wiki” Hitchman, Onicia Mitchell and Andrea Singh.
The CNB Turtle Netters programme continues during the week after school and on Saturdays from 8 to 10am.
For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 923-2708.