The Prince Albert Volleyball Club have the means, all they need now is a place to build.
For the past two years, the club has been running an outdoor volleyball program using a portable net system on grass at Holy Cross and St. Francis Schools. Now, the club is looking to build a beach volleyball facility, complete with sand courts.
Club coordinator Michael Mitchell said the organization is where it needs to be financially and are currently looking for a place to build the facility.
The club has submitted a proposal to the Prince Albert Catholic School Division board to utilize a 40 m x 15 m area of their land to build three regulation beach volleyball courts.
“Our first step was seeing if they had an interest in letting us use their land,” Mitchell said of the proposal. “We just need permission to be able to excavate the property, to put sand in and build the courts.”
In order to develop the courts, the club would need to dig a hole in the land, remove the soil, install weeping tile and add sand while pitching a fence around the area.
With an estimated price tag of around $50,000 for the facility, the club has already come up with most of the necessary funds through various fundraisers, sponsorships and saving over the past four years.
Although doing what they can on grass, Mitchell said playing on sand is ideal in terms of safety and athletic development.
“It works ok on grass, but it’s not the best,” he explained of the club’s current beach volleyball program. “It’s very slippery to play on grass. We can’t really put a bunch of people on the grass because it’s dangerous for the kids because they have to move quickly and on grass they slide.”
In response to the club’s letter, the school division plans to invite Mitchell to make a presentation to the board.
Mitchell said he welcomes the opportunity to make his case for sand beach volleyball courts, which would be a benefit to not only his club, but also the city as a whole.
“We’ll show them why it’s important and how it serves the community,” he said. “At the end of the day, they are going to end up with an asset they can use.”
Those interested in helping out with the initiative, or even playing volleyball, are encouraged to visit the Club’s website at pavc.ca.