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NGC focuses on sports for joy

Saturday, February 17, 2018
A young athlete goes through a drill as others look on during a demonstration of the Right On Track programme, recently.

At present, young athletes and coaches in the St George East district are being exposed to the fundamentals of various sports thanks to the NGC Right on Track (ROT) programme which was launched recently at Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, Arima.

This is the 19th year of the ROT programme in collaboration with the National Administration of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) and the National Basketball Federation of T&T (NBFTT) and with the support of IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) and FIBA (International Basketball Federation) trained coaches.

The ROT consists of a Coaching Caravan/Kids’ Athletics programme (school and community-based), which started in St George East on February 3 and runs until March 3, and will be also taken to communities from the eight Education Districts throughout T&T.

St Patrick will be the next district from March 27 to May 11 and the Tobago and Victoria districts will follow later in the year.

It also consists of a "Mini to Masters Basketball" programme, which will be school and community-based as well.

Lisa Burkett, Manager, Corporate Communication at NGC was on hand to deliver remarks on behalf of the company.

“NGC’s Right On Track and NBFTT programmes are specifically structured to encourage and facilitate the identification of talented young athletes. Many young athletes who are now winning favour on the international stage, had their beginnings in these grassroots programmes," said Burkett.

"Because of its broad scope, NGC Right on Track also caters to children who seek only to enjoy the sport for its own sake, to make friends and strengthen their own bodies and minds.”

The programme is based on the introduction of ‘run, jump, throw’ through the Kids’ Athletics Programme and the Mini to Masters Basketball Programme carried out in selected schools by the NAAA and NBFTT respectively during the week, followed by the introduction of basic track and field and basketball skills through the ROT programme in selected communities over the weekend.

Following the launch, specially invited students of Arima Boys’ Government, Arima Boys’ RC, Arima Girls’ RC, El Dorado West Secondary, El Dorado East Secondary and St Dominic's Children's Home received a demonstration of the programme, which will not only benefit the children participating, but the coaches as well.

On Sunday, coaches will attend basic first–aid training to better equip them in the event of any emergencies. A Kids Athletic Course as well as a session on nutrition are planned for coaches, next month.


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