ASCO netball ringing in the changes
January 22, 2013
ASCO netball ringing in the changes

The 2013 Ashburton Sports and Cultural Organisation (ASCO) Netball will take the form of a “festival” instead of a tournament. {{more}}President of ASCO, Denisford Foster, mentioned this change as he addressed the closing and presentation ceremony of the 2012 Karibbean Tires sponsored tournament Sunday at the Gomea Methodist School hard court.

Foster said that apart from netball, teams will be engaged in a dance off competition, and ring games such as hop-scotch and moral.

He revealed that plans are in train to have the teams involved in a seven-leg road relay.

Foster said these changes are being implemented to add a variety of other activities and enhance camaraderie among the players.

Another of the shifts in operation Foster disclosed is the start-up date of the festival

He said his organisation has decided to move away from the usual October commencement to a date in August.

And, more changes are expected as parliamentary representative for East St George, Cecil McKie, wants to see all the schools in the boundaries of the constituency involved in the Under-16 division.

The 2012 tournament saw the participation of the Gomea Methodist and the Sion Hill Government.

“We will work with you to make sure that all five primary schools in the area will take part in the 2013 competition, that is Dorsetshire Hill, Belair, Sion Hill, Gomea and Belmont,” McKie said.

“… We successfully did it with the primary schools’ cricket … We are going to do it with netball, we are going to do it with football and we are going to do it with any other sporting discipline which is willing to work with us to develop the youngsters in the area,” McKie said.

McKie said he envisaged that such inclusion will assist in nurturing the young netballers in the area and by extension St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Also speaking at last Sunday’s ceremony was Cephus Bowens, who represented the sponsors, Cecil Charles, the acting manager of the National Sports Council, and Hazel Ann Foster of the Department of Physical Education and Sports. (RT)