UVA Plans Sports Conference For May 2014

As part of its calendar of events for this year, the United Volleyball Academy (UVA) is organizing a sports conference for May 10, 2014, said coordinator Dr. Rhoda Arrindell.

“The theme of the symposium is ‘Creating better students and athletes’ through the interplay of sports and education,’” said Dr. Arrindell.

Educational workshops will include subjects such as the essential and practical relationship between sports and academic success, and time management for students, teachers, and parents involved with sports.

The sports workshops will focus on areas such as nutrition, and key differences between male and female athletes, said Dr. Arrindell.

The target groups are secondary school pupils, sports educators, PE instructors, coaches, trainers, and parents. “The workshops will be conducted by local and international presenters,” said Dr. Arrindell, an active sports woman and volleyball organizer for over 20 years.

After a successful presentation and reception at the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association congress in Antigua in February, the UVA concept was presented to the Hon. Patricia Lourens, Minster of Education, Culture and Sports in Philipburg, and Mr. Alain Gros-Desmormeaux, sports commissioner of the Collectivity and Mr. Charles Henri Palvair, sports affairs coordinator in Marigot. The government representatives expressed their support for the United Academy, said Dr. Arrindell.

The UVA is a collaboration between the United Volleyball Club, Thierry Stephan, president of the Ligue de Volleyball des Iles du Nord in Marigot, and Patricio Bridgewater, FIVB level III certified trainer. All partners were present at the various presentations.