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BVIBF moving to revive ‘Town League’

- seeking interested persons to join Road Town Basketball Committee
The BVI Basketball Federation (BVIBF) is making moves to deliver on its earlier promise to revitalise the Road Town Basketball League, referred to as the ‘Town League’, which has been dormant for some years. Photo: VINO/File
The BVI Basketball Federation said it has been reviewing ‘viable solutions’ to rejuvenate and sustain basketball throughout the territory. Photo: VINO/File
The BVI Basketball Federation said it has been reviewing ‘viable solutions’ to rejuvenate and sustain basketball throughout the territory. Photo: VINO/File
President of The BVI Basketball Federation, Mr Derrick R. Varlack, announced on Friday, November 1, 2019 that the Federation is seeking interested persons to join the Road Town Basketball Committee in an effort to revitalise the sport. Photo: VINO/File
President of The BVI Basketball Federation, Mr Derrick R. Varlack, announced on Friday, November 1, 2019 that the Federation is seeking interested persons to join the Road Town Basketball Committee in an effort to revitalise the sport. Photo: VINO/File
TORTOLA, BVI – The BVI Basketball Federation (BVIBF) is making moves to deliver on its earlier promise to revitalise the Road Town Basketball League, referred to as the ‘Town League’, which has been dormant for some years.

President of The BVI Basketball Federation, Mr Derrick R. Varlack, announced on Friday, November 1, 2019 that the Federation is seeking interested persons to join the Road Town Basketball Committee in an effort to revitalise the sport.

Speaking with media houses, Mr Varlack said the Federation has been reviewing ‘viable solutions’ to rejuvenate and sustain basketball throughout the territory.

“We have always had a very strong Road Town basketball presence but we have heard concerns from the community concerning the lack of a basketball presence in their community to maintain the interest in the sport.

“As we prepare for the 2019-2020 basketball season we will be forming Committees in each district. The Committees will provide support to the Federation on a district level by hosting events, clinics, campaigns and forums to generate and maintain the sport within the district.”

Mr Varlack added that the starting point for revitalisation of the sport is in Road Town, and the Federation is seeking interested persons throughout the community. The Committee would be responsible for introducing and maintaining grassroots activities, clinics and forums for athletes and sport facilitators to name a few.

‘The promise’

On his election as BVIBF President in June 2019, Mr Varlack, in an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online, had said one of his immediate plans was to see the return of the Road Town League and the formation of the Road Town Basketball Association.

“The first focus for the Federation for basketball is to makes sure that the Road Town [Basketball] Association gets formed. It’s not a good thing to say that we have an association that was the grassroots of the BVI, in sport, and in basketball, and you don’t have a league for the last three years.”

“That is my number one focus, to get that association formed.”

Road Town the ‘hub’ of VI basketball

BVIBF Vice-President, Jason A. Edwin, noted, 'Our vision is to collate a group of interested persons with the underlying intention of not just providing a consistent avenue for the sport but to also identify stellar athletes through a series of sport building activities. Road Town is the 'hub' of basketball in the territory and we decided to start rebuilding the sport at the ground zero - the place where it all began, Road Town.

Mr Edwin said The Honourable Julian Fraser Save the Seed League has been a consistent addition to the sport and has helped to maintain interest and integrity; however, the Federation plans to bring this level of basketball to all districts on a rotation basis ensuring no overlap between leagues.' 

Anyone interested in joining the Road Town Basketball Committee are asked to contact the BVIBF for more information at bvibasket14@gmail.com or call (284) 340 - 3790. Persons can also follow the BVIBF on social media at @bvibasketballfed for updates on the Federations plans, athletes, community initiatives and more.

6 Responses to “BVIBF moving to revive ‘Town League’”

  • ... (03/11/2019, 11:06) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    good move!
  • Quiet Warrior (03/11/2019, 12:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Road Town, the capital of Tortola/BVI, the financial, business, and entertainment hub, along with being the seat of government, is dying on the vine. It is a traffic congested, parking nightmarish......etc royal mess. It is not the quintessential state yet that one can write home about. Wickhams Cay could have been a well laid out, architectural marvel and a much talked about gateway. However, it is just a jumbled, poorly planned set of boxes. Poor planning leads to piss poor performance and outcomes. I digressed but back to sports.

    Sports in the BVI seems to have a short life span. For example, softball, the once national sport, dead. It is either that the government body does not care or it is incompetence. A seasoned veteran remind me the other day that Road Town had the Marlins/Tigers, Astros, Hunters, Jets, and Vets playing for the most part at the same time. Of course, there was the Red Legs/Blue Wings( BB), Birds (SCB), Hawks and Atoms(EE/LL).......etc. The E. Walwyn Brewley Field is a disaster and embarrassment. The support of softball came from the villages and centralizing softball in Town was a dagger in the heart of it. May the Town league flourish but not at the expense of the villages.
  • one eye (03/11/2019, 14:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    more talk less action I will be watching
  • Concerned. (03/11/2019, 18:11) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply

    Most of the young people have no interest in sports. Their preference is to sit on the corner of the streets all drugged up, be a menace to society on the scooters.
  • VIslander (04/11/2019, 17:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Alot went on that killed the league and the sport that most of the public are unaware of
    Good intentions by Varlack and it needs a new crop of influential persons involved
  • Hmmmmm (05/11/2019, 10:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    There a lot of interested persons or committees that wants to run the town league but the pr***** wants to hand pick his own team to run the town league and that is pure nonsense. The bvibf needs to just support whoever committee that comes forward with a team that looks competent to have a successful road town bball league.



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