Some are looking for fun. Some are stressed and needing to let off steam after a tough day at the office. Others are just joining colleagues for some time outside the office aside from happy hour. All types flock to the Arts & Recreation Centre on Wednesday evenings for the Camana Bay Corporate Co-Ed Volleyball League.
In its first year, the fun-yet-competitive league pools together some of the more recognisable corporate entities on the island; Cayman National Bank, Dart, Deloitte, KPMG, Maples and Calder, Maples FS and PwC all see their employees suiting up.
Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation President Kennedy McGowan said the league is an important part of efforts to develop the sport locally.
“It’s good that we have volleyball being played at all levels – at the youth level, at the elite level and by those who just want to play recreationally. We have volleyball for everyone,” he said. “We’re thankful for Camana Bay for coming on and working with us as a partner.”
Many of the companies with teams in the league are those that have shown commitment to helping the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation with its grassroots programmes and even hosting international events like the NORCECA beach volleyball tour stop in Grand Cayman each April.
Thinking that it’s simply a corporate league, so it can’t get that competitive, would be wrong. Some evenings, you might get the impression that you’re at the Olympics with the intensity on display, but at the end of the night, regardless of the score, players commend their teammates and return a week later, ready to battle for bragging rights over their corporate rivals.
While new stars may emerge on the court, there’s a wealth of knowledge and experience around, as current national players, newly certified coaches and volunteers have been helping to run the league with officials, scorekeepers and statistics recorders.
League play culminates with the playoffs in early May. The champions will undoubtedly gloat for the entire year until they take the court again.