The 2nd Annual Jackie Conyers & Renardo Curry’s Back to Basics Abaco Volleyball Camp was held on Dec. 5. Facilitating the camp was Devinc Smith, national volleyball team coach, and Jackie Conyers, coordinator of Jackie Conyers Volleyball Camp.
Offered for one day, most of the players in attendance were high school students with a few primary school students in the mix. With the camp being established last year, Smith who is the vice president of the Bahamas Volleyball Federation, explained that the intent is to explore the Family Islands in search of athletic talent and to bring awareness of the sport of volleyball to the islands.
The players’ back-to-basics training enhances the skills they need to compete at the senior level, and it reminds them of what they previously learned to build their existing skill sets. Smith added that they are looking to recruit national team players at all levels because it is their belief that the national team should be comprised of family island players.
This year, Smith and Conyers were pleased to see a lot of repeat players at camp with some new additions as well. Smith said that talented players at the junior level (18 years and under) can assist, so they will also be recruited on the national team.
Smith said he has observed a lot of hopefuls on Abaco, and their priority is the continuity of volleyball.
“Our mandate is to assist all associations, so we are committed to making sure the volleyball associations are all successful in the hopes of having a competitive nationals,” Smith assured.
Organizers of the volleyball camp are therefore looking forward to businesses on Abaco and corporate Bahamas as a whole to support the camp, so that players can travel back and forth to practices and various tournaments being held.
The coaches are organizing a big summer camp in 2016 because they have recognized that volleyball is a sport that is growing rapidly. Additionally, Smith said as a men’s coach he would like to see more male players come out, so they can take advantage of the opportunities like volleyball scholarships that are available. Presently, Smith noted that there are seven Bahamian males attending college and one who is playing professional volleyball.
Smith and Conyers expressed their gratitude to Agape Christian School for the use of Grace Gym as well asMP for North Abaco Renardo Curry and Enid White, the Abaco contact for the camp.
For more information on the Jackie Conyers & Renardo Curry’s Back to Basics Abaco Volleyball Camp, contact Devinc Smith at 1(242) 357-7707 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Jackie Conyers at 1(242) 557-0690 or email@example.com; or Enid White at firstname.lastname@example.org.