A number of young female aspiring would be basketball players in St. Vincent and the Grenadines were given the opportunity to sharpen their skills when the St Vincent and the Grenadines Basketball Federation in collaboration with the Sunshine Basketball Academy, hosted a “Girls Basketball Holiday Development Program” for students from the island’s secondary schools and college.

St Vincent and the Grenadines and Women National Basketball Association – WNBA and international basketball star Sancho Lyttle was the featured coach.

The sessions were held at the St Joseph Convent (Kingstown) school courts from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd December between 9:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Lyttle was happy to be part of the programme and to work once again with the man who was instrumental in her training and getting her to the United States – Wayne William.

Such refresher courses are needed she told www.sportcaraibe.com in a brief conversation during a rest period. Lyttle was of the opinion that more assistance needs to come forth from the various private sector interests for St. Vincent and the Grenadines have established a reputation as having some of the most outstanding players in both the NBA and WNBA.

Sansho Lyttle is into her fifteen year as a professional female basketball player, having played in Spain for six years, three in Turkey, eight in the WNBA with the Atlanta Dream, and two in Russia.

Currently she is out of contract but with her record, Lyttle expects her call from her agent as to who is interested in getting her to pen her signature to a new contract.

Meanwhile assisting her was Amanda Barksdale who returns this season to her alma mater and a program which she helped lead to a school-record number of wins and a NCAA Tournament appearance as a senior, as she begins her first year on the Cougar bench as an assistant coach. In addition to her on-the-floor coaching duties, Barksdale’s role with the program includes monitoring the academic success of the team’s student-athletes and overseeing the program’s travel arrangements.

Prior to her return to the Houston women’s basketball program, Barksdale spent the previous two years as a physical education teacher at River Oaks Baptist School, instructing students from kindergarten to eighth grade. She served as the school’s head coach for the seventh and eighth grade girls’ basketball, field hockey and lacrosse teams. During her time at River Oaks, Barksdale also helped coordinate the school’s community sports camps.

Wayne Williams who heads the Sunshine Basketball Academy, and is president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Basketball Federation, was quite pleased with the enthusiasm of the players, but would have like to see more female players taking full advantage of the training sessions.