December 2, 2010

BBSYDP trainees presented certificates


By Syed Khalid Mahmood

The certificate distribution ceremony of the cricket and hockey courses of the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme (BBSYDP) was held at the Banquet Hall of the Karachi Gymkhana on November 30.

All the men and women participants, having attended the five-month long course, were awarded the certificates by the dignitaries present on the occasion.

Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Secretary Sports and Youth to the Government of Sindh, in his brief speech, mentioned about some of the initiatives taken by the provincial government in the recent past in order to promote sports in every nook and corner of the province.

He emphasized that coaching played an important role in preparing and developing the skill of players and without the help of the coaches the standard of the game could not be strengthened from the grassroots level.

Former Pakistan hockey captain, Islahuddin Siddiqui, was present in the certificate distribution ceremony alongwith former Test all-rounder, Salahuddin Ahmed, who has been the national chief selector of cricket for quite sometime.

The provincial sports department organized the five-month long coaching courses in cricket and hockey, besides football as part of the BBSYDP launched earlier this year. It may be recalled that the cricket coaching course was inaugurated at the National Stadium, Karachi, in May, with the collaboration of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Then the Sindh Government, joined hands with the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) to hold the football course which was inaugurated at the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Coaching Centre, Karachi, in June.

Just a day later the hat-trick was completed when the hockey course commenced at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium, Karachi, with the collaboration of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF).

The participants in all the three courses were paid a monthly stipend of Rs.6,000 with the outstation trainees getting a further Rs 3,000. Besides getting this amount they have gained the experience that could come handy in their career.

The Deputy Secretary Youth Affairs to Government of Sindh and Project Director, Saleem Ahmed Siddiqui, played the pivotal role in coordinating with the partner sports bodies and ensuring a successful completion of all three courses.

It was a worthy effort of the provincial government to have thought about the coaching of the youngsters from the grassroots level, a responsibility the respective controlling bodies of the game have not been able to undertake seriously yet.

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