With some sporting discipline showing a return to activities albeit to varying degrees, Doris Mc Intosh, President of the SVG Netball Association, is encouraged and expressed optimism that training for national players could well resume, guided by the head affiliate.
“COVID-19 has brought netball to a standstill. However, efforts are being made for the Under 16/17 players to begin doing exercises together, with a view to commence training,” Mc Intosh said recently.
And while netball is yet to return to the court, the President said that the administrators and technical people have been keeping busy. “The Caribbean Netball Association (CNA) and the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA), the hemispheric organizations to which we are affiliated, are assisting us through this COVID-19 period with several webinars in the areas of Governance, Coaching and Umpiring. All members of the Executive and quite a number of persons from our affiliates are registered to participate,” she disclosed.
Mc Intosh, in fact, suggested that through the Zoom platform more persons are being reached and trained, than if it was done the traditional way.
The president expressed, “The Executive of the SVGNA is quite pleased with the response from affiliates, and is grateful to CNA and AFNA for their collaborative efforts in bringing these programmes to their affiliates”.
As it relates to local netball tournaments, Mc Intosh noted that there might be some communities who are rearing to stage tournaments.
She advised, though, that “The organizers/affiliates of netball tournaments must first seek approval from the Netball Association to host a tournament. They must follow the protocols as set out by the Ministry of Health and the Environment. They may need to add some of their own. These should be forwarded to the Executive of the Netball Association along with their request and await approval.”
(Source the Vincentian)