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Sports Initiative Launch!

posted Aug 29, 2012, 1:28 PM by Rise St. Lucia

A Sports Initiative designed to engage unattached and out-of-school youth in sports, the brainchild of Joseph “Reds” Perriera, was launched on March 24th ’12 in Vieux Fort under the auspices of the Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny D. Anthony along with the British High Commissioner.
National Sports Associations (Football, Netball, Volleyball, Boxing, Basketball), Sacred Sports Foundation, Ministry of Youth & Sports and RISE (St. Lucia) Inc., and two hotel chains Coconut Bay and Sandals Resorts, will collaborate in this youth development initiative to offer free training (to players and coaches), in these five sporting disciplines, beginning in April ’12.
The goal of the project is to engage unattached youth, using sports and related opportunities, to occupy their time, to offer a meal, and also to reconnect them to available education, training and employment avenues, improving their quality of life. The programme builds on the availability of sporting facilities during the week and is in sync with the mandate of the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the national Sporting Associations to develop “grass roots” projects that will engage youth in the interest of the development of sport, and youth development in general. It is anticipated to start in two venues – the Phillip Marcellin grounds, Vieux Fort on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 noon, and to be expanded to other communities depending on its success.
RISE wishes to thank the British High Commission as well as Coconut Bay and Sandals Resorts for ready support of this project, and to invite the corporate sector and interested sporting persons to offer their support.