Demerara Volleyball Association (DVA) on Wednesday night hosted a workshop for coaches at the National Gymnasium. The clinic was facilitated by overseas based Guyanese Andrew Woolward, the assistant
coach of the Hunter College female volleyball team in the USA.
Woolward who attended St. Stanislaus College also presented a quantity of volleyball equipment to his former club Castrol on Tuesday.
Speaking with Kaieteur Sport president of the DVA Trevor Williams said he was happy with the clinic and expressed confidence that it will benefit the clubs in the county. “We recognise that the game has been growing but the pool for national selection is small, a lot of people play volleyball but not a lot knows the game or get opportunities to benefit from fundamental and technical aspects so this is a step in the right direction. We do have higher levels of training that would be made available shortly. Our policy is to get more people involved which will also help to promote a better society,” he stated.
DVA Vice President Ian Wills, who is a member of the technical and competitions committee, expressed confidence that coaches will benefit tremendously from the venture. “Woolward would have coached at a higher level so he has a wealth of experience and at the conclusion our coaches should be able to see coaching from a different angle which will help to advance the sport here,” said Wills.
He pointed out that the association will host a number of work shops to familiarise new coaches with the sport. “One of the areas we intend to target is the schools. We also have plans to conduct similar programmes in Linden in our drive to develop the game in Demerara,” he added.
“Clearly the sport needs to get out there so people can be aware that volleyball is active in Demerara, the club structure needs to be strengthened and this is an area we will focus on as well.”
Wills indicated that they do not have much financially, but they would at times benefit from the South American Federation which he said is not adequate and hopes that the Government can assist.
The programme was attended by members Castrol, Guyana Defence Force, Young Acehivers, Van Guard, Classic Ball, Blasters, Bank of Guyana, Timehri Red Ground, Timehri Airport and Pleasance clubs.
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