Sports administrators have always advocated the importance of sport in the lives of youths if only to dissuade them from unwholesome activities. Though this theory has received widespread affirmation, local youths have not been enjoying such benefits because of inadequate funding or sponsorship.
However, there are some corporate institutions that stolidly support youth programmes and this was endorsed when two employees of Scotia Bank, George Scott and Rohan Albert, trooped to the National Park yesterday afternoon to present a monetary gift to the executives of the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU).
Officials of the GRFU that witnessed the handing over ceremony were Senior Vice President, Mike McCormack, Treasurer, Roger Perreira, Committee Member, Robin Roberts and Coach/Youth Development Officer, Troy Yhip.
The gift will offset the costs associated with the 5th edition of the U-17 Youth Rugby Community Programme organized by the ruling body and conducted at the National Park every Saturday between 9:30-12:00hrs.
Mr Scott assured the organizers that his organization is committed to their development and he was happy to be of assistance. “Our aim at Scotia Bank is to empower you and I trust that this donation will aid in the accomplishment of our objective,” said Mr Scott. He further assured the rugby players that they could expect similar assistance in the future.
Mr Yhip expressed gratitude to his benefactor, on behalf of his fellow executives while pointing out that Scotia Bank has supported the initiative from its inauguration in 2010. He also explained that the programme aims to prepare children, drawn from several secondary schools, in basic rugby skills for a smooth transition to higher levels of the sport.
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