Cayman gets added NORCECA boost

The region’s governing body for volleyball wants a bigger presence in Cayman. 

In a statement, the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation said it intends to launch a program to coordinate more matches for Caribbean members like Cayman. 

“The program is based on the increase of participation of all national teams in NORCECA tournaments, development of human resources of the national federations and introduction of the sport to the young generation and enhancing the technical level of the teams and individual players. Expert coaches worked for periods of one month in different countries in 2013,” the statement reads.  

It continues, “The countries that benefitted from this assistance were: Aruba, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Jamaica and US Virgin Islands in CAZOVA, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama in AFECAVOL, and Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Dutch St. Marteen, French St. Martin, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and Grenadines in ECVA (Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association).” 

According to NORCECA, its general objectives and goals for 2014 include: organization of seminars and courses; permanent beach coaches; more coaching instructors; support for hosts of youth and junior events; continuing with support to beach teams; financial support for zonal champions; seminars of school volleyball in each zone; management and administration courses; and continuing with distribution of equipment and playing surfaces. 

News of NORCECA’s plans comes ahead of its 2014 beach volleyball circuit coming to Cayman April 25-28, with visiting teams expected to arrive from April 23. Local players such as Cristin Alexander, Shervin Rankin and Olney Thompson have competed over the years. 

In addition, NORCECA allow a stage of the Continental Cup – a qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – to be held in Cayman. The first round of the competition takes place in Cayman July 25-27 and features Group A for the women and Group H for the men. 

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Duncan Hamann and Shervin Rankin competed in last year’s NORCECA tour opener. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES