Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The Jamaica Volleyball Association is scheduled to meet with primary and prep schools based in the western end of the island to update them on the fourth staging of the National Primary and Prep Schools Volleyball Championship set for Friday, December 13 at the National Stadium.
Savanna-la-Mar Primary of Westmoreland are the defending western champions and are only the second school from the region to win the title following the success of Unity Primary who won in 2011. The inaugural winners were Greater Portmore Primary in 2010.
These meetings will be staged across four parishes, St James at Irwin High, Hanover at the Lucea Primary School, in St Elizabeth at the Santa Cruz Primary School and in Westmoreland at Savanna-la-Mar Primary School. The meetings at the first three schools are scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. while that scheduled for the home of the defending champions has 3:00 p.m. as the start time.
JAVA regional director Haile Mikael said that it was vitally important that schools wishing to participate take advantage of the consultative meetings which are designed to assist schools ahead of the national championships in Kingston.
"The meetings will focus on the organisation of the event, which includes training of coaches, players and referees," according to Mikael.
"These are critical areas of the sport that we need to get right to maintain its high standard while showcasing the talent of young volleyballers across the region," he said.
The journey to the December showdown for these schools will begin with a parish rally set for late October after which there will be the parish league competitions slated for all of November. The top three schools will contest regional playoffs with the winners to represent the western region at the all-island championships.
The National Primary and Prep School Championships is an annual event for Under-13 students.