On Friday (29 April), the Department of Educational Services (DES) collaborated with the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation (CIVF) to conduct an International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) Level 1 Coaches Introductory Course for physical education (PE) teachers across the Cayman Islands.
Twenty-two teachers took part in the one-day training session at the John Gray High School Sports Facility.
“This training activity aims to provide the impetus for PE teachers to promote the sport of volleyball in their particular schools. It will also provide them with the knowledge so they can feel confident in teaching the skills and techniques of the game to their students,” remarked CIVF Technical Director and course trainer Dr. Trevor Theroulde.
Noting that volleyball is challenging to learn, Dr. Theroulde further outlined some of the skills teachers would acquire through the session. “The programme will equip participants with the knowledge of setting up drills and implementing games so that students can find it easy to play and enjoy.”
Participants were also taught proper serving and passing techniques and setting.
DES Customer Service Manager, Mrs. Gloria Bell, expressed her delight at the opportunity to partner with the CIVF to enhance PE teachers’ knowledge of the sport.
She added, “Volleyball was recently added as a focus sport and will eventually be included in the National School Curriculum. I am pleased that we can prepare our PE teachers to teach this new sport to our students effectively.”
Some course participants, including Island Montessori’s Janice Heibert, lauded the training session. “I enjoyed that Dr. Theroulde gave us relevant cues to teach students volleyball skills. He didn’t just tell us but showed us each building step and then let us practice each part of the skill to ensure we could teach it to our students. He also gave us ideas for adaptations for children with special needs and numerous ways to highlight one skill,” she commented.
Participants received a Level 1 Training Certificate at the end of the session.