Young Generation Basketball Club, one of the few functioning basketball clubs on the island, has taken a decision to revisit the present development structure of the sport in Grenada, by targeting youth who are interested in the sport.
Last Saturday the Carenage based sports Club under the stewardship of Managing Director Nigel German Mc Kie, ushered in the start of a Newborn Basket ball Competition, the first of its kind in Grenada which he dubbed as the new approach to the development of the sport.
A total of seven teams with youth aged 7 to 15, all fully sponsored, took to the Carenage Court on Saturday in-front a sizable crowd comprising mainly parents, who came to look at their kids as they showcased not just their colours but talent, in a sport that has taken a nose dive in recent years
Parliamentary Representative in the Ministry of Youth Sports and Religious Affairs Senator Sheldon Scott, applauded the efforts of the organisors for their vision and parents for not just sending their kids to be a part of the event but ensuring their presence on the opening day.
Scott said too often as a people the negatives about young people are being highlighted when according to him a lot more positives are taking place, in this light the Senator commended all those who contributed towards making Young Generation New Born Basketball Competition a reality. Competitions like those the Senator said, helps young people to develop teamwork, conflict resolution and keep them healthy and also affords them the opportunity to excel in the sport at the international level.
Scott assured the organisors of the competition that the Ministry is committed to supporting them in their effort to keep the young people on the right track. He also took the opportunity to compliment Nigel German Mc Kie for his efforts in not just keeping the young people focused but maintaining standards on the Carenage Basketball court.
Gerard St Cyr, representative of the National Basketball Association, commended the organisors of the Newborn Basketball Competition for their vision and the sponsors for getting on board in what he dubbed an investment in youth and one that would ensure continuity in the sport.
St Cyr called on the players to make the best use of the opportunity, give of their best, be disciplined, make new friends, respect official decisions at all times and work towards building character. The former National Basketball player said having played the sport himself; he was able to learn so much that he can safely say he can now co-exist with almost anyone.
Other speakers at the function was Chairman of the National Lottery Authority Devon Charlesand Jimmy Bristol both sponsors of the event.
A total of seven teams are participating in this new initiative and according to the chief organisor Mc Kie all seven teams are sponsored, he therefore complimented the business community for seeing the importance of coming forward to lend their support.
Among the sponsors are the Grenada Bottling Company, Consolidated Construction Company (CCC), Mc Intyre Brothers, Carib Breweries, National Lottery Authority and pan American Life Insurance.
Participating teams are: Happy Hill Secondary School, Presentation Brothers College, Grenada Boys Secondary School Young Generation 1&2 and National Lottery Youths 1&2.
Speaking to the Grenada Informer on Monday, Mc Kie said this is the new approach to Basketball in Grenada and they are hoping that by so doing, the Grenadian talent would be identified much earlier by international bodies. Too often he said, Grenadian basket ballers attract scholarship when they attain the age of twenty, with little to give back to their school. It is the hope therefore that this new initiative would change that.
Additionally he said he hope that this new wave would soon spread throughout Grenada and more young people would be given an opportunity to play the sport.
Meanwhile, on the results of the matches played on the opening day, Mc Kie said all team were winners because the games were exhibition games.
The teams go into competition from today Friday with Happy Hill facing Young Generation in game one, and game two featuring Grenada Bottling Company against GBSS.
On Saturday National Lottery Youths plays Grenada Bottling Company in game one and game two will feature GBSS versus Happy Hill in game two.
The competition is expected to run for six weeks and according to Mc Kie, winners will among things, win trophies and Laptops.