It’s not just about being on the court preparing for the upcoming Caribbean Games in Guadeloupe for the members of the national Under-23 netball squad and its technical staff but also about expanding their minds.
On Wednesday, the group of players, led by national coach Sojourner “Suzie” Hyles along with her technical staff of assistant coach Simone Morgan and manager Vanessa Forde, accompanied by T&T Netball Association (TTNA) president Sherry-Ann Blackburn, indulged in an educational tour, visiting the Central Bank Museum.
“This was the first visit for many of the team members and we were all elated to share the same space with the Governor of the Central Bank of T&T Dr Alvin Hilaire. Dr Hilaire welcomed us and gave an entertaining introduction about the history of the Museum,” said coach Hyles.
“We had a very informative tour, it is a must-see for all members of the public. We learned many new things about the bank and our money, for example—The transition from cotton to polymer; the different features of our money and the meaning of inflation (which was well displayed using grocery items from their supermarket section.”
The reason for the educational tour according to coach Hyles is to ensure the players are educated in areas of the economy as it relates to inflation and also allows each player an opportunity to learn the role and function of the Central Bank.
“These are all important to the players as we thrive to give our players knowledge on and off the court. This in turn will allow them to be able to make informed financial decisions,” said Hyles.
“It’s for the players to know the other aspects of Central Bank. Examples, are the Financial Services Ombudsman; the National Financial Literacy Programme. These are all part of the Central Bank.
“Also, for a future job career and what it entails to be a part of the Central Bank family and simply even learning about how the building was actually built and the reason for the Cross Bracing Structure (that is the X) around the tower.”
The group was also given the opportunity to suggest ways we can advise the Central Bank on how to grow the economy and what they thought will be the future of money?
The team which include senior players Tia Bruno and Destiny Williams got to view a full complement of art from various artists throughout T&T and the Caribbean. This is also highlighted in the bank’s art collection publication that is on sale at the Museum.
Hyles added, “The museum staff was very professional and knowledgeable. They were strategically located and readily available to answer any questions we had during our visit.
“Thanks to the Governor, the management team and the staff of the Central Bank Museum.”
On Thursday, the members of the national training squad also did some community work, interacting with the Heart of Mind netball team of the Betham Gardens as “a bounding session with young minds,” according to Hyles.
Back in April, the squad ventured down Point Fortin at the request of Major Saleema Thomas to compete in an exhibition match and a practice match as they continue to prepare for the inaugural Caribbean Games, which is scheduled to take place from June 29 to July 3.
Recently, the netball competition was in jeopardy of not taking place due to the owner of the venue in the City of Baie-Mahault pulling out of staging the event. Following an emergency meeting of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) executive board and members of the local organising committee, it was decided to shift the venue to the Laura Flessel Sports Complex in Petit-Bourg.