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Sierra Leone Sports: ”We have taken Roll Ball to the provinces”-Pastor Noel Williams

Noel Williams

Noel Williams

The President of Sierra Leone Roll Ball Association, Noel Williams, said the sport has attracted a lot of youth in provinces like Kono, Makeni and Bo within a very short time.
He said the reason he took the sport to those parts of the country is because he wants the sport to grow. “Freetown is not the whole of Sierra Leone,” he said.
Williams said when he was in Kono, over the past two months, a lot of youth got attracted to the game and he wasted no time to bring them under the supervision of coordinator Levey Allie and coach Alex Kargbo.
And, in Bo they were able to have 50 players playing the game under Sheka Thoronka, the coordinator and Ibrahim Kamara, the coach.
Williams said he was impressed with the amount of players that are playing the game in Makeni. They have now 100 before the year end they are expecting to take the sport to the communities within the Western Area.
The Roll Ball President said after communities they are planning to take the sport to schools like Freetown Secondary Schools for Girls (FSSG), St. Joseph Secondary School, St Anthony, St Edwards, and Prince of Wales (POW).
According to the President they have sent letter to schools and they are waiting for the response as they have positive response they are going straight in to action.
He said the only challenge they are having now is for the equipment to take to the schools as the equipment is very expensive but he was working very hard with is executive to see how they can buy some of equipment.
He since he took over in September 2017 there have been lot of challenges. They have been able to compete in the 4th Roll Ball World Cup in Bangladesh and they are looking forward to their next international competition.
He said during that competition in Bangladesh West Africa Roll Ball held their congress were he was elected Vice President and his Secretary General, Abdul Kabia was elected assistant Secretary of West Africa.
The Coordinator for Makeni Roll Ball, Abu Bakar Kamara, said that after Freetown, Makeni is next in terms of the game as Makeni has captured the minds of the youths. We are now organizing inter-competition amongst the seven teams.
One of the female players in Freetown, Esther Kellah, said that now as the game expands to the provinces is calling on all players in the Freetown to put more effort in their training if not those players in the provinces will take over the game, which will nor be good for them who have started the game before them.
James Kamara said the Roll Ball or Rollball is a game played between two teams of 12 players each. Out of 12, only 6 players are allowed to play on court at a time. This game is played on roller skates sometimes called, inline skates.
In Roll Ball, both teams have a goal that is 2.25 metres wide by 2 metres high and the team who is able to score more goals than the opponent team wins.
There are two referees in a match. The ball can be held in either one or both the hands, even during passing and shooting. Player interaction is similar to basketball or handball in that a player must dribble the ball while carrying it. It is a violation to roll or skate with the ball without dribbling or to deliberately kick or block the ball with any part of the leg. Players may also not strike the ball with a fist. Foul rules are similar to those of association football, including the use of yellow cards and red cards.
Monday November 27, 2017.

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