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Greenland Volleyball Champs tomorrow at Wolmer's

Published:Friday | December 5, 2014 | 12:00 AMDania Bogle

The Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA) Phillip Greenland Development Cham-pionships finals will be held tomorrow at the Wolmer's Schools on Marescaux Road, a day later and at a different venue than originally planned.

The finals were scheduled for today at the JaVA courts at the Independence Park Complex, but the association was forced to make alternative plans after it was hit with a $50,000 charge for the use of two spectator

toilets at the Stadium East for the day of activities.

JaVA president, Rudolph Speid, said the association simply could not afford the fee.

"We wish people would understand that it's just a primary-school competition. We're trying to build the sport. It's nation building," he told The Gleaner.

"The schools were looking forward to it (so we couldn't cancel)," Speid added.

Defending champions, Lyssons Primary from St Thomas, and last year's runners-up, Corinaldi Primary, from St James will be among the 32 teams competing for bragging rights as well as

trophies and medals in tomorrow's finals.

Wolmer's has its own volleyball courts but JaVa also has eight mobile courts which it will used to stage matches.

The competition started earlier this year with more than 500 children from 80 schools in 11 parishes participating.

The JaVa Phillip Greenland Development Championship began with 57 schools in 2013 and saw a 40 per cent increase in participation this year.