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New equipment boosts volleyball development in Guyana

The new equipment was presented to the president of the Berbice Volleyball Association at a ceremony in Kingston, Georgetown

Georgetown, Guyana, November 11, 2013 – The Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) were recipients of new volleyballs and nets on Saturday as part of a programme to help the promotion and development of the sport in the Berbice county.

Mr Lenox Shuffler, president of the Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF), presented the equipment to the president of the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA), Mr Gregory Rambarran at a ceremony in Kingston, Georgetown.

The equipment was made available with the assistance of the South American Volleyball Confederation (CSV) and the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). The 50 volleyballs and 16 nets were provided to the association to help with the continuation of the BVA’s Mini-Volley Programme for school children aged 9 to 13. The Mini-Volley Programme was introduced to primary schools in 2012 after receiving support from the FIVB in the form of finance, special volleyballs and nets, and manuals for teachers as part of the wider FIVB Development Programme to help the promotion of the sport.

The programme also received the backing of the Ministry of Education, which through its Allied Arts Unit, held Mini-Volley Festivals in Georgetown, Linden, Region 2, Region 3 and New Amsterdam last year.

The BVA held a highly successful Mini-Volley Festival on September 6 for 15 schools in the Lower Corentyne area, which helped raise interest in the sport. Schools involved in that festival are now prepared to engage in a friendly competition to be held in the coming months.

The balls and nets will be used to run a Mini-Volley Festival in West Berbice, involving 10 Primary Schools between Ithaca and Bush Lot early in the new school term, while the mva 330 balls will be used for inter-club competitions. It is hoped that such a move will lead to the development of more clubs in Black bush Polder and other parts of Berbice.

Mr. Arnold Sukhraj of the Allied Arts Unit from the Ministry of Education was also present at the ceremony and the BVA President asked Mr. Shuffler to convey his association’s thanks and gratitude to the CSV and FIVB. He also thanked the GVF President, Mr Lennox Shuffler for enabling the Association to “Keep the Ball Flying.”


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