The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) bounces off a Schools Exchange Basketball Programme this
weekend as part of the beginning of a pilot project that will initially include four teams: President’s College, St. Rose’s High, Bishops’ High School and St. Stanislaus College.
“The choice of schools for the commencement of the games was determined by the performance ranking of the school and whether the school has a basketball court,” the GABF said in a press release.
According to the federation, it worked with Chief Education Officer, Olato Sam, Administrator of the Unit of Allied Arts (a division of the Ministry of Education), Desiree Wyles-Ogle, and the heads of the abovementioned schools to put all the arrangements in place to commence the first set of exchange games.
The schedule of games is:
St. Rose’s vs. President’s College; Date: Oct-24-2014; Venue: President’s College; Game Time: 2:30pm. Bishops’ vs. St. Stanislaus; Date: Nov-7-2014; Venue: St. Stanislaus College; Game Time: 2:30pm.
St. Roses vs. President’s College; Date: Nov-14-2014; Venue: St. Rose’s High; Game Time: 2:30pm. St. Stanislaus vs. Bishops’ High; Date: Nov-21-2014; Venue: Bishops’; Game Time: 2:30pm.
“The games should not be seen as a tournament, but as exchange games toward the development of school basketball and have student supporters becoming more involved in the performance of their school team,” the release said.
The federation said that in January next year, the GABF will be donating $50,000 to $100,000 to the Linden Amateur Basketball Association and the Berbice Amateur Basketball Associations.
The funds will be specially designated for the associations to emulate the efforts being made by the GABF to play school basketball exchange games in the schools where possible – as part of the physical education programme in the schools.
In 2015 more schools will be added to the pilot programme in Region Four and the programme will include both male and female student-athletes as the GABF seeks to make schools’ basketball home and away programme an ever-present feature of the annual school calendar.
“Students who are not playing will have the opportunity to view the home games at their school.
The GABF will support these exchange games annually and will keep expanding the programme across the country. We look forward to the corporate sponsors joining with us to promote and develop schools basketball,” the release continued.
“We expect these games to contribute to the upliftment of basketball in Guyana and imbue the students with confidence and the will to succeed,” in concluded.
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