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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Honourable Olivia Grange, has pledged support to the Jamaica Volleyball Association in its search for a headquarters.
Speaking at a news conference hosted by the Jamaica Volleyball Association in Kingston on Monday night, Minister Grange said:
“I give you this commitment that the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture will assist the Jamaica Volleyball Association to develop a home for volleyball in Jamaica.”
Securing a home for volleyball would allow the local association to access equipment and technical assistance from the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederaton (NORCECA). According to the President of NORCECA, Cristobal De Jesus Marte Hoffiz (who was also at the news conference), the Jamaica Volleyball Association will receive a synthetic volleyball court and other equipment once it secures a compound.
Minister Grange has mandated the Sports Development Foundation to assist the Jamaica Volleyball Association to find a home.
Minister Grange gave an assurance that the Government of Jamaica was committed to the development of volleyball. The Minister said the Government’s Sports for All strategy aims to develop sports from the grassroots to the high performance level, with emphasis on the less popular sports, such as volleyball.
The Minister also appealed for funding support for Jamaica’s Beach Volleyball pair of Mark Lewis and Dany Wilson who are “quietly making their mark on world volleyball” and are in qualification for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Minister Grange said:”I really hope corporate Jamaica gives support to you two guys because you really show determination; and it reinforces what I always say: we have a tradition, we train hard, and we’re very talented. With that kind of dedication, nobody can stop us. I can assure you that we will, as a Government, and through the SDF, work with the volleyball association to assist you in reaching greater heights.
The Ministry of Sports has been demonstrating its commitment in a very tangible way. We have been spending some money and we are prepared to give you support, a little more than the subvention, if you are well structured, you detail your proposals and we are convinced that you have a good development programme.”
Also in attendance at the news conference were President of the Jamaica Volleyball Association, Major Warrenton Dixon; and President of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association, Mushtaque Mohammed.

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