On March 15 NCE Screen Printers Ltd hosted their First Inter Schools Draughts Tournament (The Joseph Alexander Gittens Tournament) at North Ruimveldt Secondary School on Mandela Avenue from 10.00hrs.
Twenty Two Secondary Schools from the Georgetown area registered, but sixteen participated. Mr Neil Kumar, Director of Sports and Culture gave an address along with Dr. Ivor Mitchell, distinguished professor of Marketing at Clark Atlanta University, along with Mr. David Gittens, son of the late Joseph Gittens.
The President of the Guyana Draughts Association Mr. Raj Pooranmall, Teachers and approximately seventy-five students along with staff of NCE Screen Printers Ltd were present. The formal ceremony commenced at 15:00hrs with steel band performance from North Ruimveldt Multilateral School.
The first prize went to Christ Church Secondary School. They received a trophy donated by Colours, while second prize was claimed by New Campbellville Secondary School with the trophy being sponsored by Mentore/Singh Reality, third prize went to St Joseph’s Secondary School and that trophy was also donated by Mentore/Singh Reality.
The best school prize was donated by Sentinel Security and was awarded to New Campbellville Secondary School.
Snacks, milk, and water were donated by DeSinco Trading, H.A. Snacks, Oasis Water, while Star Party Rentals provided the chairs used.
Draughts Games, which were printed on fabric provided by NCE Screen Printers Ltd and sponsored by various businesses, were presented to all the schools that participated in the tournament. The companies that sponsored the draught games were National Sports Commission, Rose Ramdehol Auto Sales, Guytrac, John Lewis Styles, Kevin’s Reflections, Bryden &
Fernandes, Sankar’s Auto Colour, Cirkel Distributors, Hand in Hand, Hand in Hand Trust, Ramchand Auto Sales, Dalip’s Trading, Humphrey’s Bakery, Modern Optical, Indesco, Waterchris Hotel, DeSinco Trading, Ansa McAl, Demerara Mutual Insurance, David Persaud Investments, Rubis (Guyana) Inc, Guyana Rain Forest Herbs, Iped, Service Guyana Inc., and Demerara Bank.
NCE has for years manufactured board games as part of their educational toys and games line. In a release the company noted that, ‘Research has shown that Draughts enhances students’ ability in problem solving, focus and concentration. It builds important skills, in critical and creative thinking, spatial aptitude, creativity and general intelligence.’
Mr Kumar encouraged the next tournament to be “The Independence Tournament” and this will be held among the East Coast and West Coast Schools against the Georgetown winners. NCE would like to thank all the businesses for their support and encourage others to support this effort.
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