Netball seeks Changes

Even when some students choose to play the sport at the school level they do not seem keen on staying with the game once they have left the institution.
Village netball competitions are not as vibrant today as in the past. Indeed these competitions appear to be on the way out.
The once popular Industrial Netball Tournament has faltered. This was a competition that allowed women who were not national players to come out to play in a friendly atmosphere that engendered friendships and facilitated better relations among staff. It was a competition that attracted the general staff of many of the companies involved and the atmosphere was great. Today that is all a thing of the past without a legacy of which to speak.
The constituency netball competition has also fallen on barren ground with four and five teams turning up for the opening ceremony of a total of seven or eight registered.
It is not the norm anymore to see girls and women on the courts on afternoons and weekends playing the game for the love of it all; simply passing time in the company of each other playing sports. Now, the courts seem almost like a plague to be spurned.
Spectators who once flocked to courts around the nation no longer do so. The few who are there do little to engender enthusiasm by those on the playing arena.
The most successful regional competition hosted in St Vincent and the Grenadines was the Under 23 Tournament. The reason for the success was the shift to Barrouallie as the venue. People gripped in frenzied excitement eagerly watched every night of competition. This came as something of a surprise to the organisers.
Unfortunately when the local body sought to take the AFNA Tournament to Barrouallie earlier this year it was discovered that the facilities were in a state of disrepair and could not win the approval of the IFNA and AFNA President, Jamaica’s Molly Rhone.