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Huge turnout for ministry’s Community Showdown
The Ministry of Sport’s ‘Community Ballers Showdown' kicked off with a bumper programme on Sunday at the Garden Village Recreation Ground with a huge turnout with all communities from the Arouca/Maloney and environs with their team and supporters present. Also among the guests present was Dave Bobb, Director of Physical Education and Sports from the Ministry of Sport.
After the national anthem was played, Kenrick Williams, Sports Development Officer from the Ministry Of Sport for the area, opened the programme with a prayer and also gave the feature address. During his address, Williams stressed on the importance of communities getting together as a unit to be exemplars to the children so they would carry on when the older heads retired.
He also stated that the ministry was conducting programmes like these to benefit the communities and encourage everyone into sports in order to lead a better life. He stated that coaches, referees, officials and management could be certifed by the ministry through various programmes and return to serve their communities.
Williams then thanked the co-ordinator Mr Kassie Maharaj for the splendid job he has done so far and also wished all teams the best of luck. Twenty-four teams will be participating in the competition which includes eight women teams and sixteen men teams.
The men will be vying for a first prize of $4,000 while the women will be playing for a first prize of $3,500. There were two matches played on the day, both highly competitive, and the crowd was very much entertained. The first game was played between Oropune and When We Done of Arouca in which Oropune was victorious and the second game between the Ministry of Sport and Five Rivers which was won by the latter.
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