The Trincity Program
The latest addition to the Shape the Community Sports Programme is the introduction of the Trincity area, initiated in early 2010.
Trincity is located along the East-West Corridor south of Tunapuna and north of Piarco it has flourished as one of the more economically sustainable communities in T&T largely in part of the Trincity Mall and Millennium Lakes Golf and Country Club.
The Trincity project will expose children of primary school age to sporting experiences that otherwise may not be available to them. It is hoped that by involvement in varied sporting activity the youth of Trincity will develop an appreciation of the role physical activity can play in leading a healthy lifestyle and the discipline and responsibilities involved as an athlete.
One of the important features of the Shape the Community program is the inclusion of all stakeholders in the community. The five (5) primary schools involved in the STCSP Trincity area are Arouca government, Dinsley Trincity Government Arouca Anglican, Five Rivers Hindu, and Five Rivers T.I.A. A sporting programme known as Starting New At Golf (SNAG®) is the selected sport for the schools to start with, and because of its proximity, the venue for all the schools is Millennium Lakes Golf and Country Club.
The introduction of SNAG® to the schools will provide a fun, safe and challenging environment for the children that promotes the values of the sport. This sport program is in collaboration with the Golf Association of Trinidad and Tobago.
SNAG® contains all the elements of golf but in a modified form The game has its own simplified rules and terminology that adds fun to the learning and playing experience. Falling somewhere between miniature golf and regulation golf, SNAG® allows for full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting.
The SNAG Ball™ has a limited distance, with the average player launching it a maximum of 50 yards. With SNAG®, students learn the basic skills, fundamentals and disciplines without the expense and commitments regular golf comes with. The facilitators at the Golf Association head the coaching for this programme.
Training and participation in SNAG® take place on weekends as a “sport club” status. Typically, each session takes about one hour and each participating class is assigned four hours per activity per month.