The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) commenced the Prep schools’ phase of its mini basketball with an introductory clinic at Hillel Prep School last Friday.Nearly 100 students from grades 4-6 participated in the clinic, which was conducted by INSPORTS’ Calvin Martin, who also heads the Southern Conference, and Alf Remekie, national coordinator of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA).”It was well received,” said Martin. “We had them in two groups, so it was easier to work with.”INSPORTS has committed almost $1.5m in support of the programme over the next eight months.Several coaches from its just-concluded Level One coaching certification course for new coaches also participated in the clinic, which forms part of their assessment exercise.Coaches from Hillel Prep were delighted with the event and expressed an interest in other such sessions to assist in growing the popularity of the game at the institution.”The coaches are interested in a programme,” Martin said, noting plans to return for other clinics.Mark Broomfield, president, JaBA, welcomed the initiative by INSPORTS and expressed satisfaction at the partnership with Government, stating that Mini Basketball is one of the cornerstones of his administration’s development plan.”I welcome the idea and the initiative. A clinic is good to introduce the sport,” said Broomfield. “My personal belief is that these agencies that have as their mandate to develop sports must look at grassroots programmes and support sustainable development programmes. So a clinic in a school is a good programme.”He added: “Outside of clinics, there must be competitions in which they can get a chance to practice … you must have a sustainable environment.”My understanding is that it is going to transition into competitions.”TWO-STAGEPROGRAMMEMartin confirmed this, saying INSPORTS will be implementing the Mini Basketball programme in two stages, at the community and school levels, with a prep and primary schools competition.”We started the competition last school term. It had been absent for three to four years,” he said of the competition among junior institutions.”In terms of numbers we’re looking to have 40 in Kingston, 15 in St Catherine and Portmore, and about 10-12 in Montego Bay, and we hope to expand it year by year. We’ve some St Thomas schools and some in Hanover who are also interested.”The school section will come after GSAT. The communities will have their first event sometime to the end of November to the beginning of December,” Martin continued.As organisers, he says they are trying their best to make the competitions cost-effective.”We’ll be providing bibs, so all the schools have to do is get to the venue. We’re trying to make it as low cost as possible so the schools won’t have to spend any money.”
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala claims he is currently focused on his Juventus career despite suggesting he can ‘never say never’ to a move away in the future.Numerous reports have linked the Argentine with a move abroad after falling down the pecking order under Allegri following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid.In response to the speculation, he told Canal+ and cited on Football Italia: “It’s hard to know what the future holds.“A player only knows where he’s playing today, but he doesn’t know where he’ll be tomorrow.Report: No deadline day move for Dybala George Patchias – September 2, 2019 There will be no last-minute transfer of Paulo Dybala from Juventus this summer.According to Sky Sports and its associates in Italy, the player is…“Still, I feel very good at Juventus and I’m where I’ve always wanted to play. I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m fine here.“Joining a French team? You can never say never, but it’s not in my plans right now.”Dybala still remains a key component in the squad as they fight for honours on three fronts especially in the quest to end their Champions League hoodoo.
Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong joked with the idea of possibly getting Lionel Messi’s number ’10’ jersey at Barcelona when he arrived next summer.The biggest news in Spanish football for the last couple of days has been Frenkie de Jongs transfer to FC Barcelona, a deal that was completed last Wednesday and will have the Dutchman playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi.The Argentine forward was reportedly crazy for getting the Ajax midfielder signed, which is something that motivated De Jong for making his final decision.The player is set to start his new journey at FC Barcelona next summer, he will finish the current season at Ajax in all competitions and then report to the manager on July 1st.During an interview with De Telegraaf, Frenkie opened up about the number he could use at the Catalan club and joked with the idea of possibly taking it away from Lionel Messi.But all kidding aside, the player revealed that he still hasn’t decided which number he will sport for the rest of his career at Barcelona and he is possibly waiting for any changes that happen by the end of the season.The Spanish giants are expected to get rid of at least one of the big players in the squad, the money right now is on Brazilian Philipe Coutinho who hasn’t lived up to the hype since he arrived from Liverpool.De Jong: “I want number 10, but I think someone already has it.”#EnjoyDeJong pic.twitter.com/3LRqsgsEz9— Penya FCB de Beirut (@PenyaFCBBeirut) January 24, 2019Another option for FC Barcelona is to sell Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who has come a long way since he arrived in the club from Sevilla and possibly has already fulfilled a cycle as he approaches the final stages of his career.As we all know, Ivan Rakitic sports the number ‘4’ jersey, a traditional number at FC Barcelona that have worn historic players like Ronald Koeman or Pep Guardiola.It would be only fitting for Frenkie to follow in those footsteps once Ivan Rakitic decides to call it quits, this scenario is more plausible than the jokes De Jong made in regards to taking Lionel Messi’s number ’10’.Because as we all know by now, the Argentine will wear this jersey until the day he decides to retire. Hopefully for all football fans, that day won’t come any time soon.But that number ‘4’ jersey does seem like the most likely path for the Dutch midfielder, he fits the position and has what it takes to become the next great FC Barcelona player.Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.But even Ivan Rakitic’s exit from the club is not a sure thing, mainly because manager Ernesto Valverde has repeatedly said that the Croatian midfielder is a key player in his squad.Esto es Frenkie de Jong… 😍#FrenkieFuturo pic.twitter.com/L8qGei6Bp5— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) January 23, 2019Frenkie de Joong has been talking to several news outlets during these past two days, but the very first interview he offered was to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf because they were the ones with the inside information and the very first outlet that spoke about the specifics of De Jong’s transfer from Ajax to Barcelona.The player granted an interview where he discussed several topics, but the subject of the number he will wear was specifically addressed.“No, there is still no number on that jersey. That will come later. Yes, I would obviously love wearing the number ’10’ jersey but I think someone is already playing with it at Camp Nou,” he laughed.“Lionel Messi, I think. That number won’t be mine. He is the best and I believe it’s an honor to be his teammate.”“Right now, I really can’t picture myself next to him on a football pitch. However, I won’t be some kind of tourist who only enjoys Messi play.”“I am doing everything I can in order to become a fundamental player for FC Barcelona,” he concluded.El pequeño Frenkie de Jong, la nueva perla del Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/YHv7aE3rwY— El Mister (@el_Mister8) January 24, 2019Which number would you prefer Frenkie de Jong could wear at FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.