Aug 31, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Bobby’s Afterschool Programme gearing for return
One of the main pilot projects for the development of basketball in Guyana, Bobby’s Afterschool Programme, which is still in its infancy after being birthed earlier this year, will return in the new school term at the Burnham Basketball Court.
The Programme, according to Coordinator, National Coach, Robert ‘Bobby’ Cadogan has shown steady growth and has gained momentum for its first seven weeks in the last school term and will return on September
10 for instruction three days per week.
The scheduled days for sessions will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:30pm-5pm daily and attracts both male and female players ages 9-15. Cadogan said that he was enthused with the participation and support in the last term hence the recommencement.
“This is a nursery for the game and an effort to keep the sport alive. There are not many of these programmes for players and basketball is still a popular sport despite administration issues that’s a distraction, but the sport in general needs to move forward,” Cadogan said yesterday, in a brief interview with Kaieteur Sport.
“You never know what these players may grow up to become in the sport. Many scholarship and professional hopefuls are born right here at these primary programmes. I am the National Coach, I can’t drop to sleep on youths,” he continued, adding that corporate support for the event was an important aspect of the Programme’s success.
Cadogan benefited from a fundamental training stint in Hungary in 2001 then High Performance training in Mexico in 2009, both owed to Olympic Solidarity Scholarships. He has the support of other technical persons, including former Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Technical Director, Cecil Chin and junior national coach, Mark Agard.
The Afterschool Basketball Programme is aimed at ensuring that the future of the sport is more secured following the rapid decline of basketball at the junior level over the last three years with Guyana failing, for instance, to retain and reclaim the Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) title; females in the sport has also been a sore point that needed remedy in recent years.
Cadogan confirmed that he has managed to get the corporate support of Neal & Massy Group for the upcoming commencement of his Afterschool Programme. (Edison Jefford)
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