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Local coach enjoys teaching netball

Published:Saturday | July 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM
INSPORTS officer Valery Murphy (right) helps a camper in applying the correct passing technique in the sport of netball at the annual INSPORTS Summer Camp at the National Stadium Complex on July 6.
Roy Pryce
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KINGSTON:

Local netball coach Roy Pryce says that while teaching the young girls has its challenges, it's also fun.

Pryce is one of the coaches engaged at the annual Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Summer Camp, which started on July 3, and will end on July 28. The camp is being held at the National Stadium Complex.

"It's a bit challenging, but it's fun. But it's also important to get them to understand the rules. So coming into this camp and teaching them the game is a step in the right direction. The kids enjoy it, and once they enjoy it, they will get to like it, and once they like it, then we will start pushing the fundamentals at them," he said.

"But I really enjoy working with them, and at the end of the camp, I am positively sure we are going to meet our objective, which is getting them to understand the basic components of the game."

TEACHING BASIC TENETS

Three hundred children from across the Corporate Area are currently at the sports camp with the aim of exposing each camper to the basic tenets of netball, football, basketball, swimming, and bocce, among other disciplines.

In addition to teaching the skill sets, participants are taught the rules of one of the nation's most popular sports.

The Government, particularly the Institute of Sports, has come in for a lot of praise from Pryce for staging the camp free of cost for children mostly from the inner city.

"It is very important, especially at this time when it's summer and most of these kids don't go to summer school because the parents cannot afford it.

"This initiative by the Government is really good, because it is free. They (kids) are in a comfortable environment. They get lunch and breakfast, and are well monitored and are transported home most times.

"It (camp) means a lot to them. Some are coming to Independence Park or to the indoor centre for the first time. So when you see them enjoying themselves, you see it means a lot to them. So when this camp ends, a lot of them are going to be sad," he said.