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  • Approximately 600 young sports leaders will benefit from leadership and youth training over the next four years, under the Beckwith International Leadership Development (BILD) programme.
  • BILD is a unique international initiative that targets young people, aged 14 to 25 years, in various countries.
  • Targeted beneficiaries are primarily youngsters deemed unattached and disadvantaged, including the physically challenged.

Approximately 600 young sports leaders will benefit from leadership and youth training over the next four years, under the Beckwith International Leadership Development (BILD) programme.

This was announced by Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley on Tuesday, June 24, during her 2014/15 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives under the theme: ‘Sport Policy Made Sport Reality – Capitalizing on our Sporting Successes’.

Launched in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2009, BILD is a unique international initiative that targets young people, aged 14 to 25 years, in various countries, for a range of engagements promoting innovative thinking and practice, particularly in education and sports.

Targeted beneficiaries are primarily youngsters deemed unattached and disadvantaged, including the physically challenged.

The BILD Jamaica programme, launched in 2013, will be fully implemented over the four-year period by the Government of Jamaica in collaboration with local private sector stakeholders, and international partners – UK Sports, Youth Sports Trust, and the Top Foundation.

Mrs. Neita Headley said that following the 2013 launch, two training sessions were staged in St. Catherine and St. Mary, as part of a pilot undertaking.

She informed that 21 local trainers and 54 young sports leaders participated in these sessions.

Additionally, she said the pilot saw 250 primary school-aged children benefitting from two one-day sports festivals in which the trainers and sports leaders were able to implement what they learnt during the training sessions.

Mrs. Neita Headley said when BILD Jamaica is rolled out: “these leaders will be deployed across the island and will seek to positively impact the lives of as many as 120,000 youth over…the project’s (duration).”

The Youth Sports Trust is an independent UK-based charity, devoted to changing young people’s lives through sports.

UK Sport is the United Kingdom Government’s organization responsible for directing sports development in that country. The TOP Foundation is a grant funding organization, which provides financing support for sports.