News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was yesterday (Dec 22) at the Pembroke Community Club (PCC), to officially re-open the basketball court with the recently installed new basketball backboards, hoops and rims behind the Casa dos Acores Community Centre.

The Department of Youth Sport and Recreation, at the request of Minister Owen Darrell, secured the following firms Executive Iron Works, Bermuda Sign Printers and International Sports Shop, to fabricate backboards for the basketball courts.

Minister Darrell said: “I am happy that the backboards are now refurbished and resurrected. Earlier this year, the Smith family, area residents, raised concerns about the state of the basketball court at the Pembroke Community Club. Tiras and Sar Smith, along with other neighbourhood children, used to play here until the hoops deteriorated considerably.

“Now the courts are functional, safe and available to anyone wanting to play basketball. I am grateful to the Director of the Department of Youth Sport and Recreation, Ms K. Charryse Bean and Dr Freddie Evans, Property Manager for the Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation, and the Department of Parks for spearheading this project, as the quality of the courts is important for a successful recreational centre.”

The Minister was joined by Premier and Finance Minister, David Burt, and area MP Jache Adams.

Middle school students attending the eastern, central, and western government community centre’s winter camps also participated in a basketball tournament to try out the new equipment in a short game with MP Jache Adams.

The PCC outdoor basketball court is open to the public.