Table tennis nursery draws massive turnout – Guyana newsroom
The Sports Academy Table Tennis Nursery opened at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown on Saturday. The daycare will target young people aged 6 to 16 and will direct them towards sports.
The initiative is carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA).
Sports Minister Charles Ramson Jr., speaking at the launch, said table tennis is one of the core sports under the National Sports Academy.
He said the initiative is news that requires everyone to be on board as it could turn into something special.
“When we take the time to do it, it’s not because we want to draw attention to ourselves. Sport is very important for the country and it is very important for you as young people because it is where you acquire a lot of skills and disciplines and where you learn to work with each other and understand each other” , the minister told those present. .
Minister Ramson said the government, together with stakeholders, will continue to work to ensure that sport in Guyana reaches an admirable point. He called on participants to do their best.
“On our side, what really matters to us is consistency, because the space that is allocated, the time that is allocated is used at all times. Previously, when we wanted to use these facilities, it incurred a charge We have waived fees for the use of our facilities for the sports academy.
Sports director Steve Ninvalle said the Academy will not be a chat room, but one that will pay off. He said the initiative caught the attention of the region to be used as a model program.
“Thanks to such a program, tennis already has an Olympian. With this program, we may be sitting among fellow Olympians for the next decade. So these programs are very important and I would ask everyone, the young athletes that we have, the coaches that we have, that you dedicate yourselves 110% to making it exactly what the minister wants it to be.
Additionally, during the launch of the incubator, Minister Ramson announced that $130 million has been set aside to upgrade the gym.
The sum will see the facility be fully air-conditioned with the installation of bucket seats, additional grandstands and the installation of a glass frontage at the front of the building.
“We do it because yes, we want you to be comfortable and that’s one of the reasons, but one of the big reasons is that we want to encourage families and spectators to come to this place when we organize our national events because for all grassroots sports they have to have their national tournament and it is the national program that leads to the elite training program,” said the minister. (Modified from DPI)