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.