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IAYS launches 'Game On' programme for children

 
Trinidad and Tobago Express
Friday March 20th, 2009
 
Almost a quarter million children are passing through the nation's school system without a sport programme to develop their skills and identify future super-athletes.
 
This was a disappointment, according to president and founder of the International Alliance for Youth Sports (IAYS), Fred Engh.
 
Engh said "with 228,000 children in the school system between the ages of 0-14, there is no system to help them develop basic skills in sports".
 
But this will soon change, said Engh, through the "Game On" programme, an initiative of the IAYS. Engh spoke on Wednesday at the official launch of the programme at the Petrotrin, Pointe-a-Pierre Staff Club. The event was attended by cricketing legend Brian Lara
 
The programme, Engh said, had been implemented in Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin and North America, and other countries of the Caribbean, and is geared towards children getting the opportunity to pursue sports. The IAYS has partnered with the University of Trinidad and Tobago to launch the centre and signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the launch.
 
The centre will focus on the creation of sport and development programmes to enhance the students' learning experience. It will also enhance the learning experiences of UTT students, who will get a chance to connect theory and practice while analysing sport, the Express was told.