In 1991, the ECCB made a commitment to sponsor the OECS/ECCB Under-23 Netball
Competition, as one of its community outreach programmes, given the importance of
sports to development, and to fostering the integration process.
The objective of the competition was not only to contribute to the improvement of the
sport of netball in the ECCU, but to provide an avenue for the region's young women to develop
both socially and physically. In 1999, the bank incorporated personal development sessions for the
netballers, with the aim of enhancing their interpersonal and professional skills.
The OECS Sports Desk, Saint Lucia, in association with a designated
host netball association, stages the OECS/ECCB Under 23 Netball
Competition annually . The hosting of the tournament is rotated among the Bank's participating member countries.
Mr Joseph “Reds” Perreira, former Coordinator of the OECS Sports Desk, has played a pivotal role in the development of the OECS/ECCB Under 23 Netball Tournament. He joined the OECS Secretariat as Sports Co-ordinator on 1 September 1984 with the creation of the OECS Sports Desk. During the early stages of his tenure Mr Perreira was able to secure sponsorship for the competiton from the ECCB.
According to Mr Perreira, the collaboration between the ECCB and the OECS Sports Desk was the "perfect mix." In his reflection of the OECS/ECCB Under 23 Netball Tournament over the years, Mr Perreira highlights the:
1. Collaboration between the OECS Sports Desk and the ECCB click here to view
2. The impact of the OECS/ECCB Under 23 Netball Tournament on the development of the players and offcials click here to view
3. The contribution of the tournament to the regional integration process click here to view