– plans to re-modify Diamond Mineral Water Festival
With its stated intention to re-energise the game, the Executive of the Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) met last Saturday to address a number of issues related to the development of the sport.
Among the central subjects discussed was the intended re-modification of the Diamond Mineral Water Tournament where the Board tentatively agreed to assign at least a half day for foreign teams to visit places of interest, which could include an arranged tour of sponsors business locations or other tourist sites across the country.
According to Board President Phillip Fernandes, these plans will be forwarded to the respective teams for their approval, before being adopted.
He added that with seven foreign teams having participated in the last tournament, one being GOA Ladies out of Canada, the quality of the event remains intact, while it continues to attract some of the best teams and players in the region.
“We felt that we needed to make the 5 year-old Festival a little more appealing and exciting when teams come and it was agreed that at least a half day be set aside for them to tour, shop and visit places of interest,” Fernandes said.
The Festival has been sponsored primarily by Demerara Distillers Ltd and Ansa McAl and has been considered a huge success.
Meanwhile, shortly before that Meeting was conducted the GHB met with coaches and persons interested in coaching the game.
This was primarily to plan the Board’s initiative to reintroduce hockey at the school level and also to create a database of coaches who are available for duties from the grass roots level right up to national.
An entry level coaching workshop has been planned for Saturday March 7.
The GHB also intend to engage the Guyana Olympic Association this year to host an Olympic Solidarity Coaching Course which would bring a qualified FIH Coach to Guyana to train the locals.
The GHB has planned a Valentine’s Dinner & Dance at the Grill (YMCA, Thomas Lands) as its first fund-raising venture of the year.
With a packed programme including junior development and international participation, there will be a huge financial need this year so the GHB intend to make use of every opportunity to garner funds.
Old Fort will be holding its Annual General Meeting this Sunday (February 8).
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