Insports Provides $500,000 to Assist Schools Preparing for All-Age and Junior High Champs

Photo: Rudranath Fraser Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, addresses students at the launch of the 39th Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) All-Age and Junior High Athletic Championships on April 20 at the National Stadium in Kingston. The championships will be held from April 26 to 28 at Stadium East.

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  • The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) has set aside $500,000 to assist schools in their preparations for the All-Age and Junior High Athletic Championships.
  • Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the support is part of a programme to re-engage and encourage participation in the event.
  • The Minister was addressing the media launch of the 39th staging of the championships at the National Stadium in Kingston on April 20.

The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) has set aside $500,000 to assist schools in their preparations for the All-Age and Junior High Athletic Championships.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the support is part of a programme to re-engage and encourage participation in the event.

She noted that there has been a decline in the number of schools taking part in the championships over the years, and a plan of action is being devised by the board of INSPORTS to reverse the trend.

“Increasing the number of participating schools in our national events is one of the goals we have set in the short-term as part of our strategic review and repositioning of the Institute of Sports,” she said.

The Minister was addressing the media launch of the 39th staging of the championships at the National Stadium in Kingston on April 20.

She noted that the annual event continues to be an important tool for unearthing and developing sports talent at the grassroots level.

“Through the athletic championships, we have been able to produce outstanding athletes such as Kerron Stewart, Markino Buckley among others… it is absolutely essential that we have the full engagement of athletic talent in all-age and junior high schools across the country at these championships,” she said.

Ad Interim Administrative Director for INSPORTS, Renardo Smith, for his part, said the revamped entity will promote a culture of transparency, accountability and commitment to playing a vital role in national development.

Education Officer for Physical Education in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Elton Johnson, said INSPORTS, through the staging of the annual championships, continues to provide an avenue for students to showcase their talents and learn the dynamics of competition.

“I must highlight the significant contribution that the Institute of Sports has made to the development of sport in our primary and junior high schools through its various grassroots sports competitions. The Ministry and its stakeholders are pleased to know that the Institute of Sport continues to unearth and showcase the talents of children through their annual championships,” he said.

Over 1, 200 student athletes from 16 schools across the island will be participating in the three-day championships from April 26 to 28 at the National Stadium East.

Competition will be held daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and entry is free of cost for members of the public.

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