Fond St. Jacques residents boast new sporting facility

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Fond St. Jacques residents boast new sporting facility


PRESS RELEASE –
Residents of Fond St. Jacques no longer have to travel into the town of Soufriere to utilize a sporting facility, thanks to the construction of a new Multipurpose Court funded through the Saint Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF).

The court, which is marked for volleyball, lawn tennis, basketball and netball, was handed over to the community on Sunday August 24, 2014.

During the official opening ceremony, representatives of the Fond St. Jacques Development Committee expressed sincere gratitude for the gesture by the SSDF, and the continued support of the District Representative, and Minister responsible for Social Transformation the Honourable Harold Dalsan.

Minister Dalsan was visibly proud of the community’s milestone and appealed to the residents to protect government’s investment in their sporting, social, and economic development. He implored members of the facility’s Management Committee to pursue activities that will add value to the community while providing an avenue for both young and experienced athletes to be engaged in their disciplines.

“You have a facility that will prepare you to play anywhere in the Caribbean, and in the world, because it is of international size, built by international standards and with international markings,” said Minister Dalsan.

The Minister for Youth Development and Sports the Honourable Shawn Edward was also in attendance. He urged the community’s athletes to profit from the new infrastructure by exercising commitment to the cultivation of their pursuits.

Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony reiterated government’s responsibility to ensure equitable development in the assessment of the island’s needs for progressive enrichment. “We must develop this country in a fair and balanced way. Our resources must be deployed so that all of us can benefit. People should not have to move and go to the places of development, we have to bring the development to them,” Prime Minister Anthony said.

The project was completed by New Port Contractors at a total cost of EC$771,348.78. It was funded under the HOPE project of the SSDF, providing employment for a number of Soufriere residents.


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  1. Some of the comments posted are just malicious and strictly political. I was born and in Fond St Jacques. Myself along with other youngsters from the area always lamented the lack of such facility in the community. We would have to travel to Soufriere town to play basketball. At time we would play adjacent to the Fond St Jacques church on a concrete platform using a bicycle rim nailed to a mango tree as the goal. Back then the majority of the youngsters would participate in our usual game next to the church... Thank you Honorable Dalson for making our dream a reality.

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    • One would hope that alongside a million dollar investment, however, there would be the necessary coaching and engagement programmes to ensure that this community of a few hundred is actually able to take full advantage of the facility. What was said it "being able to play anywhere in the world" is utter nonsense unless backed up by the mechanisms that will enable the young potential athletes from this and other communities. Facility after facility has been built through the years, with little to no follow-up. The CDC court. Grass Street. New Village. The court in Marchand, I can't recall it's proper name. The court built in Barre St Joseph in about 2010, at the opening of foolish pronouncements were made, very similar to the ones uttered here. The list is inexhaustible. Empowering people is not a question just of facilities or tools, but showing them how best to use said facilities or tools. If this court is used only to take "sweat" or ends up like so many as a small goals football court, it will amount to a further waste of scarce resources.

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  2. You all people never ceases to amaze me with you all ignorance. Did y'all interview the youth of Fond St.Jacques to know that they have no interest in the project? Are you all from Fond St. Jacques?

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  3. The work that Mr. Dalson is doing in Fond St jacques is remarkable. Im not a political person but I find it very insulting and ignorant of people to call him names when he is doing his best. He has helped the hurricane victims like myself so much and for that we are thankful, the roads are not so bad and eventually it will be fixed, the government is a magician who will snap fingers and things get get done. Stop with the negative remarks and get involved in your communities one way or another to get things done and make changes. Smh with lucians uh. you can never please them.

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  4. As long as St.Lucia's tourism mecca, Soufriere, remains in the hands of this 19th century neanderthal, we are in some serious trouble.

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  5. How much freedom does the electronic press have if it can't publish this question seeking clarification? It would be tanatmount to having no freedom in a right to question officials and gather an opinion from the "public sphere." I can draw the necessary inference from the pubication or non-publication of this message

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  6. The roads are still accessable. What was done is very important for the development of the people. The big guns need their 4 x 4 to get to the areas with bad roads. The roads will be fixed in time..patience.

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  7. Caution to the wind. This ministry was advised by residents that this structure was being built on part of the river's flood plain. Lets wait to see how this plays out.

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  8. While I agree the roads need to be repaired which both the district representative and the Prime Minister alluded to. AA the opening of this new facility never seem to amazed u. It shows the lack of regard there is for the young persons in the society.

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  9. No ground work and the Mp is proud, proud of what?
    Our athletes are dismal at international competition. Smaller countries within the Caribbean are performing much better than St Lucia and they do not even have the foresight to realize too long we have tried and failed personnel in positions that breeds the same results. Time to clean the sports ministry starting with FORTUNA. Sports is a way out for several youngsters but can they even get the opportunity when our concept and ideology and approach to sports is so narrow and vague.

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  10. What now?
    Sean Edwards is not working, they are providing facilities in areas that have no interest in it. The people were never prepared for this and they wonder why the courts are damaged when the people do not even engage in these sporting disciplines.

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  11. I wish they would fix the Fond st Jacques to soufriere road and the belle plain road too. Way too many pot holes. Dalson was up there on Sunday he must have drove through it. Maybe his 4x4 rode through the holes easy and he did not even recognize all the pot holes.

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