Some major players in local basketball have expressed grave disappointment in Mark Broomfield’s administration after a year in office.Urban Knights’ Gordon Porter and Pete Matthews of Runnin Rebels say basketball is in its worst state in 10 years and that there is no confidence in the administration and its president to attract sponsorship or support of any kind.Porter and Matthews highlighted declines in the sport and the implications of not having a top-flight tournament. The National Basketball League (NBL) will have been out of commission for three seasons this August.Both agreed there is no faith in the administration and its leadership but are willing to give Broomfield time before they consider a no-confidence vote, though they insist that something needs to happen fast.”The major problem the association faces is negative perception. Corporate Jamaica has no confidence in the leadership, and it’s pertaining to what happened in the previous administration, so the present administration is having a hard time convincing the corporate sector to come on board.”As a consequence, the NBL has not restarted, and it is causing other problems because top players are not able to compete at the highest level. Players have not played in two years, others are playing in the lower leagues, and it’s creating all sorts of issues as it’s filtering over to other competitions and it has serious implications for basketball,” he reasoned.The general lack of sponsorship and a flagship tournament are having a dire impact on the sport’s development, said Matthews, who believes that they might have to revamp from the grass-roots level.NO SPONSORSHIP”There is absolutely no sponsorship, and the present administration cannot garner any money, so we don’t know what is going to happen. I can wholeheartedly say I have no confidence in the administration.”We have players sitting down three years, getting fat, players who were coming along, and now there is no top-level league for them to compete in because corporate Jamaica has no confidence in the association, so we are wondering what is going to happen to basketball,” he insisted.Broomfield said that the accusations are not entirely true and insisted that they are slowly trying to rebuild corporate Jamaica’s confidence, but it’s taking time.”How do you gain confidence? To rebuild a sport that has sustained certain damage requires more than a sponsor. I am one hundred per cent sure the corporate community doesn’t question my integrity. Our annual financial statements for 2013-2014 are out and our books are open for those who want to look. That is the only way we can regain confidence. We have to rebrand what we have in this tight economic space, and it requires sacrifice,” he said.
– school needs supplies, improved infrastructureTeachers attached to Good Hope Nursery School in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are calling on the Region Two Administration through the Department of Education to demolish the old wooden building that is next to the school so that the children can use the area for a play-park. According to acting headmistress, Neelmattie Sarju the building is a ‘white elephant’, which serves no purpose.The old wooden building next to the Good Hope NurserySarju suggested that the materials from the building could be used to construct a storeroom/bond for the school and that the land can be converted to a play area. The building is old and dilapidated, and poses a threat to everyone at the school.The teachers have also confirmed that although several letters have been dispatched to the Region Two Administration, Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), and the Department of Education, the building is still standing while the school is without recreational facilities and activities. They are still pleading with the relevant authorities to dismantle the building as soon as possible.Additionally, they also explained, school supplies, especially cleaning detergents, are in short supply. The school also no longer receives the amount of stationery and detergents as in the past, and they were instructed by education officials not to ask parents to purchase anything.Given this situation, the teachers are left to wonder wherefrom they will acquire these much needed supplies.