Regional 10 Chairman, Renis Morian has committed to replacing the basketball backboard for the McKenzie Sports Complex which was damaged recently.
Morian has pledged to secure and deliver the equipment which is expected to cost approximately $375,000.
The equipment is to be installed within the next two weeks.
According to information coming from the Regional Office, Morian said he is committed to the development of sports in the community, particularly basketball which is one of the more popular sports in the town.
Morian said that he is a passionate supporter of not only youth development but sports and has reaffirmed his commitment to continue lending support as he said that this will foster greater community development.
“Ensuring that our youths remain on the positive track requires greater participation of everyone and that is why we at the Regional Democratic Council is fully committed and dedicated in assisting the youths wherever and whenever we can,” said Morian.
“Basketballers in Linden need the board so as to continue playing the sport and as the Regional Chairman I am giving my commitment that I will continue to support the youths of this region,” he added.
Morian said sports will continue to remain one of the vehicles for growth for the residents of Linden and stressed that, like in previous years, the council will collaborate and assist several groups and organisations as sports will continue to remain a top priority.
“We have recognised the importance that sports plays within our society and that is why we will continue to lend valuable support and assistance as each year we are discovering more and more youths with unbelievable talent and skills and as part of our role in nurturing them we will give all the support required,” Morian said.
He however expressed disappointment with the damage done to the backboard pointing out that it was not done by the players but rather by persons who were attending a concert at the venue.
“Recently there was a concert and apparently some of the persons who were here destroyed the board. My office will get a brand new one and put measures in place to ensure that there isn’t a repeat of what happened,” he assured.
He said that in an effort to further demonstrate his region’s commitment and dedication to sports and sports development they have included some major projects as part of their 2019 budget.
“A number of youths are getting into the sport and this is possible because those who have been involved are making ways for the youths to get involved and I am forever grateful for that as you can recognise that we have an active basketball community, thus ensuring that residents’ appetite can be satisfied with a number of programmes and competitions so we at the council level remain proud and pleased.”