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Olympic oval to host elite basketball centre

A high performance basketball development program has been unveiled at Olympic oval.

A high performance basketball development program has been unveiled at Olympic oval.

The Richmond Olympic Oval Community Legacy Program announced Wednesday a partnership with DRIVE Basketball, bringing high performance youth basketball development to the city.

The partnership, according to the oval, will "deliver a comprehensive youth player development model supplementing high school coaching and competition, surrounding the passionate and talented basketball athlete with the best coaching."

"We are always pleased to see initiatives such as these that bring high-level basketball development to youth across the country," said Wayne Parrish, president and CEO of Canada Basketball.

"This quality program compliments existing player development programs that we have in place and it will surely be motivating for the young players to have the opportunity to train in such a world-class sporting facility as the Richmond Olympic Oval."

The primary success measures for the programs will be the individual development of each athlete, gaining skill and confidence from the DRIVE instructors. This success will be manifested in DRIVE players progressing through provincial and national programs, as well as earning athletic scholarships in Canada and the United States.

Programs will begin in January of 2012 and will be aimed at boys and girls ages four to 17, looking to take their game to the next level.

Coaches will include DRIVE Basketball's co-founders and local Richmond residents, Pasha Bains and Chad Clifford. All coaches will be National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certified.

For more information and to learn how to register, visit