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Jul 9, 2020

The EA Volleyball Academy Hosting a 7-Week Camp

Volleyball is an all-time favourite sport among children of all ages. Today, we found a group of volleyball aficionados dribbling the ball at the Mexico Sports Centre. The programme is organized by EA Volleyball Academy to improve the game of the youths and take them to the other level in a fun environment. News Five’s Duane Moody stopped in and has the following report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The EA Volleyball Academy is hosting three groups of children between the ages of six and seventeen at the Mexico Sports Centre in Belize City. Beginners, intermediate and advanced techniques and skills are being taught to these volleyball enthusiasts – some with already developed skills, while others are tapping into the sport for the first time. It’s the brainchild of volleyball athlete and national coach, Elton Anderson.

 

Elton Anderson

Elton Anderson, Founder/Coach, EA Volleyball Academy

“I feel it’s my responsibility to take these kids to the next level, whether male or female. I have been teaching male and female volleyball for the past six years. I’ve been successful with both clubs, travelling, representing Belize. And I believe that going forward with the future of Belize volleyball, that responsibility lies squarely on my shoulder. It was made possible by the help of some parents, some good donors in relation to Zeta; they provided the water for us Mister Jacob Leslie from Micro Finance assisted us with the fruits for the kids every day. Smart Belize onboard to take care of our overhead expenses and for us to provide shirts for these kids at the end of the tournament. And I wanna say a huge thanks to the National Sports Council, Mister Ian Jones for offering the facility to house the programme for the next seven weeks.”

 

It caters to both girls and boys and sees the participation of CODICADER teams who have joined in the camp. Triston Teichroeb is twelve years old, but has been playing volleyball for the past four years. He wants to improve on his attack skills, among other techniques.

 

Triston Teichroeb

Triston Teichroeb, 12-Year-Old Participant

“I’m learning how to serve better, I am learning how to pass better, I am learning how to hit better. I fell in love with volleyball three years ago and I really love that it is a team sport. So all team members work together to win national championships and championships together. The only team that I play with is my Belize Elementary School team and I am trying to get coach Elton to get me on his CODICADER team.”

 

Abigail Sharp on the other hand is no stranger to the sport at the primary school level. She played earlier this year in the national primary school volleyball championships, under her school’s banner. She transitions to high school this year and is excited about dabbling more in the sport. Her father, Allan Sharp is the President of the Belize Volleyball Association so she is looking forward to excelling in the sport.

 

Abigail Sharp

Abigail Sharp, 12-Year-Old Participant

“My dad is a coach for jaguars so I think I have been playing volleyball since I was five years old and I started going on the B.E.S. team when I was in standard two so I think I was eight years old. I chose the number eight cause I was eight years old. I’ve been on the B.E.S. team for a long time and I am graduating this year so I’ve been learning how to use the harder ball for high school. This volleyball camp, I have learnt to serve much better. I’ve worked on my passing and setting and my attacking which is very good. I like the camp because people who know the sport can teach people who can’t play the sport. And it is not just the coaches who help, but also the people who know.”

 

Also assisting with the training is Karym Coleman. Coleman is one of two former national team volleyball players who received athletic scholarships to study in Canada. He speaks of the importance for training at this developmental stage.

 

Karym Coleman

Karym Coleman, Coach

“This is something that I have been doing since I was like seventeen years old, trying to coach and spread the knowledge to the younger generation. So being able to go over there and see the game from a different perspective, gave me some insight and some things that I wanted to share when I come back home. Because of the pandemic, I came home way earlier than usual. So when we decided to start this thing, I said well I have to be involved because there is a lot that I need to say and lot that we can change in Belize to help us go to the next level. And if we start from this stage, this is how we end up medalling earlier instead of waiting for a long time to try to reach the medal. The developmental stage is the most crucial in any sport, in any aspect of anything.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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