Berbice Basketball Summer camp progressing well, event extended
The Basketball youth camp organized by the Berbice Basketball Association for youngsters in the East Berbice area is progressing well. This is according to coordinator and president of the association Kirk Fraser.
The sessions, which began on Monday 25th July, have been intense and have already gone past is stipulated two weeks period. The sessions are being held Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm at the Vryman’s Erven Basketball court. During the sessions so far the players had the opportunity to interact with former national player and overseas based Guyanese Sean Semple. Semple has so far conducted many sessions with the youths whom he says have a far way to go if they take the game seriously. He expressed satisfaction in seeing the youths coming out and encouraged them to do their best and make their county proud.
Players are also benefiting from the expertise of former national youth cricketer Anthony D’Andrade who is also an accomplished basketball player. D’Andrade, who recently qualified with a Bachelor in Sports Studies at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, took them through fitness exercises and agility routines and gave a lecture on Sports in Human Development.
During the first week of the camp the youths was also visited by former national Volleyball stalwart and Basketball player Charles “Wheels” Henry.
A number of youngsters including both male and females are being taught at the sessions. Apart from the extra sessions they have conducted, sessions in basic Basketball which includes passing, shooting, dribbling, intercepting and team building among other moves have been dealt with.
The participants are also expected to deal with social ills, health and Hygiene including lectures on HIV/AIDS, Drug Abuse and delinquency.
Before the end of the camp they will be involved in community activities in and around the town of New Amsterdam. Certificates are also expected to be issued to the successful participants.