Thanks to Value Optical, the T&T Volleyball Federation (TTVF) now has a long-sighted vision of the local sport.

The partnership was confirmed at Saith Park on Sunday morning with both the male and female teams present for the ongoing Beach Series.

Danny Jones, the Marketing & PR Manager at Value Optical confirmed the deal was worth around $80,000 and will be over the period of a year.

However, the option is there for both parties to renew the agreement after that period.

The eye care company has joined forces with the local sport at a crucial time. This year, both the men’s and women’s teams were involved in historical feats. The men qualified and competed in the World Championships in Austria and the ladies will be also be competing in the World Championships next year.

At the launch, Jones said: “A lot of times, the coverage is focused on mainstream sports like football, cricket and athletics but there are many other sporting disciplines that athletes in T&T can perform at the highest level and get onto the world stage, and really do us, as Trinbagonians, proud.”

Jones is hoping the investment is used for the development of the sport and also to aid the teams that compete internationally.

One such international competition coming in 2018 is the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia. The qualifiers for those games continued on Sunday with the pair of Daneil Williams and Daynte Stewart topping the males. Christian Francois and Marlon Phillip placed second.

Among the ladies, Abby Blackman and Rheeza Grant were defeated for the first time since the series started. In the final against Phylicia Armstrong and Malika Davidson, the match went to all three sets with the latter winning 8-21, 21-19, 18-16.

La Teisha Joseph and Suraya Chase finished third. Though they tasted their first defeat of the series, Blackman and Grant remain at the top of the standings.

The National Championships for Beach Volleyball is carded for the first weekend in December, with a venue yet to be named.