By Edison Jefford
Colours Panthers Basketball Club will practice under new floodlights in the 2010 Season following a commitment from R&D Engineering Services to illuminate their home court, which is located at Albert and Crown Streets.
The club had long complained about having to curtail practice sessions at its Alberttown and Queenstown Recreational facility because of poor lighting in the nights. The new lights at the court will definitely put an end to that problem. “Practice sessions became really bad for us because we could not see properly; there were only lights on half of the court,” Colours Panthers Coach, Deryck Alphonso told Kaieteur Sport during the simple handing over ceremony yesterday.
Alphonso said that night practice became necessary for the club given the schedule of the players in the day. He indicated that most of the players have fulltime jobs and could not commit to practice sessions in the afternoons.
“I just want to say thanks to R&D for relieving us of some pain and their continued effort to support us. Hopefully, in the future, we can bring some championship trophies to the facility,” he said.
Manager of R&D Engineering Service, which is located at 35 North Road in Georgetown, Reginald Roach, stated that the contribution originated when he discovered that Alphonso and Kassai Withington are entrenched in the club.
Withington, who is one of the junior point guards with Colours Panthers, is employed at R&D as well as Alphonso, who is a sub-contractor. The engineering company had in the past contributed chain-link fence material to the club.
“Actually, these guys are two critical members of the basketball club and they work here so I thought that it would be a good gesture to give them some lights after I found out the situation with the court,” Roach told this newspaper.
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