Dorchester resident and LDSS teacher Curt Pollard has youth participating
and learning skills in basketball, volleyball and badminton
Monday, December 14th, 2020
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER, ON. - Usually every autumn school gymnasiums are busy with the sounds of youth practicing and playing various sports.
Not this year due to a Grinch named COVID-19 pandemic.
But thanks to Curt Pollard, Dorchester resident and coach at Lord Dorchester Secondary school, youth in Dorchester have had the opportunity to stay active.
Since September Pollard has been hosting skill development sessions, in basketball, volleyball and badminton, for elementary and high school students, at the Flight Exec Centre.
Each week has 14 one-hour sessions. High school players are on the court after school at 2:45 p.m., followed by 11-13 year old boys and girls, at 4 p.m. and competitive basketball at 5 p.m.
House league games were planned for basketball, but due to health guidelines limiting contact, time is spent focusing on skill development.
Parents have been grateful for the program.
"They're happy their kids have something to do," said Pollard. "They're getting to exercise and socialize."
In all three sports, Pollard have noticed vast improvement. Some students come out every night.
Friday is badminton day and 20 players were in action on December 11th.
"Some of them couldn't hit the bird in the first week. They've all greatly improved," said Pollard. "They all come out every week."
Dorchester Dynamite is the competitive basketball program, offering teams for U16 boys, U12 and U14 girls. A U13 boys’ team will be added in the new year. For more info visit dorchesterdynamite.ca.
Unfortunately, all sports stopped when Dorchester, under the London-Middlesex Health Unit, went to code red, on Monday, Dec. 14th. This restricts indoor groups to a 10-person maximum, therefore Pollard decided to cancel the final week of the program.
It's hopeful competitive basketball can resume in the new year.
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