President of the Antigua Contract Bridge
Association (ACBA), Deverel Forde,
has lamented what he calls unsurmountable challenges faced by the organisation
in their attempts to take the game into the schools.
Speaking on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show, Forde said the association has tried
without much success to start a fruitful schools programme and attract young
players to the game.
“We have made attempts and one of the problems
we have had in the past is that the schools have indicated to us that their
schedules are already packed tight and they don’t have room to put us on their
curriculum. However, we have tried to make arrangements to have sessions after
class but I don’t know if the children have too much work, or homework, but
they have not been able to give us any arrangement there,” he said.
The association, starting next week, will be
having two months of training programmes as they attempt to bring new blood
into the sport and increase the association’s’ membership.
Forde is hoping for more success this time
“Our last session at the bridge club we had
about six people who came for training and eventually only one went the
distance so we are having some patience and making an effort in this round to
try and see if we can attract a lot more people. I know there are people who
have been asking and I am expecting them to come and we are starting next week
Tuesday at 5 in the afternoon,” he said.
Sessions will be held at the association’s
headquarters located on Factory Road, just east of the St John’s Fire Station
and begins next Tuesday at 5 pm.
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