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Changes coming for road tennis


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Road tennis in Barbados will be serving in a completely different direction with a revised constitution, playing rules, a national ranking system and a establishment of a website for the indigenous game.

These are just some of the initiatives of the new Barbados Road Tennis Association (BRTA), headed by businessman Errol Edwards.

Edwards was elected as BRTA president when the governing body for the sport in Barbados, which was inactive for the past five years, held a special general meeting in September.

Other members elected to the executive committee were vice-president Orrette Edwards, secretary Sandra Haynes, treasurer Stacey Gooding-Riley and public relations officer Juliet Worrell. The floor representatives are Cherene Ward and Trevor Waithe.

Edwards said the executive council planned to streamline the popular sport, which has not only been attracting large crowds but also a significant increase in prize money for the players.

“There are some prior administrative challenges that need to be addressed before we hit the ground running,” Edwards told NATION SPORT.

“We are presently working on the constitution and playing rules for road tennis which have been revised and are to be released shortly,” he said.

“Our commitment is to develop this indigenous sport and take it to another level by structuring the game to facilitate youth, male, female and masters,” Edwards said.

Edwards said the BRTA will also be poviding training for officials and coaching for the youth and will be putting in place a national ranking system.

“We will be sanctioning road tennis tournaments [and] we are in the process developing a website that will be able to foster a relationship between members of the public and ourselves through social media productions,” he added. (EZS)

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