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Porcupines staged Para-Olympics basketball programme

Apr 7, 2010, 3:46 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Adrian Mills, a British VSO staff working in The Gambia is one of the brains behind the programmes, designed for the spread of Para-olympics games by the Porcupines Sporting Club across the length and breadth of the country.

As the President of the Gambia Para-Olympic Committee, Sulayman Colley (also a disabled person), who devoted the better part of his time in the Para-olympic emphasised the need to put all hands on deck to help in the process of the campaign to spread information about their aims and objectives.

It is against this background that the GNPC had conducted a tour of a number of the country's regional capitals, namely Farafenni, Soma and Brikama, meant to inspect the renovation works done on some of the selected training grounds. It also aimed at organising workshops for people with disabilities, youths and sports co-ordinators during which participants were exposed to basic skills and drills in handling wheelchairs in a game situation.

The training centre, according to Ben Hooper, the CEO of Porcupines Basketball Club, was centred on basketball.

Hooper added that The Gambia would be privileged to witness a Para-olympic Regional Basketball Championship in one of its regional capitals.

Meanwhile, Porcupines Sporting Club in support of the GNPC, pledged to associate programmes of the Para-Olympic to its developmental domains whenever it stages any activity.

This was the reason why the club featured alongside an ongoing training programme for Grade-6 students of Bakau Lower Basic and Bakau New Town Lower Basic Schools, among others.

The management of Porcupines Sporting Club under the leadership of Ben Hooper were delighted to give a helping hand to this public call by Paral-olympics.