Volleyball coaches head for St Lucia
Two more local volleyball coaches will have the opportunity to further develop their technical competence when a seminar for Middle Players serves off in St Lucia today through to Friday.
Adrian Ramdeen, who has led Oracabessa High to repeat success in the Under-15 category of the Inter-Secondary Schools Association (ISSA) volleyball competition, and Damion Gooden, coach of Camperdown High, will be attending the seminar.
The cost of their participation will be covered in the main by the North, Central America and Caribbean (NORCECA) Volleyball Confederation.
"I am very passionate about volleyball and am really happy to know that I am one of the chosen coaches to be given this opportunity to improve my technical knowledge about how to coach middle hitters," said Ramdeen, who will also be furthering his studies as a coach at the GC Foster College for Physical Education and Sports during the 2012/2013 academic year.
Gooden, who guided Camperdown's female Under-18 team to third in the ISSA competition this year, was equally pleased with his selection to attend the seminar.
"Oftentimes we do not appreciate the significant difference in knowledge base that is required to coach the various specialist positions in volleyball, (so) I'm eager to acquire additional knowledge so that I may further contribute to the development of volleyball in Jamaica," he said.
Major Warrenton Dixon, second vice-president of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) and President of the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA), revealed that there were challenges securing the scholarships for the two coaches to attend the seminar.
"NORCECA was insisting that only coaches who were already FIVB certified would be eligible to receive the scholarships, however, I pointed out to the confederation president that Mr Ramdeen and Mr Gooden, as well as other coaches from the region, may not be FIVB certified, but they are always available to help with the work of volleyball, which is what was important," said Dixon.
Ramdeen, in particular, Dixon outlined, has been very instrumental in the execution of the JaVA primary school competition, one that he believes will form the foundation for Jamaica's future success in the sport of volleyball.