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Broadleaf All-age School in Manchester, has received a multi-purpose court, built by Jamalco at a cost of more than $1 million.
At the handing over ceremony, held at the school on September 25, Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President-elect, Michael Stewart, said the donation of the court would help in discovering sporting talents in the area.
“This initiative will go a far way in enhancing sports and educational development in this community. The JTA believes that a healthy mind produces a healthy body, and this is why every year the organisation sponsors different sport meets, where many youngsters participate, and where we have unearthed a tremendous amount of talent. Some of them brought us glory from China in the recent Olympic Games,” he said.
Commending the alumina company for the gift to the school, Mr. Stewart said that Jamalco, over the years, has been one of those corporate giants which have contributed significantly to the growth of education, health care, agriculture, and sports.
“This multi-purpose court is testament of the fact that they believe in sports and community development, which are the fabric of social co-existence,” he said.
In her address, Principal of the school, Pauline Wallace, said the court is an investment in the students and the community. “It is more than just a multi-purpose court. It is an investment in the potential of our students, and members of the wider community, here at Broadleaf,” she said.
“It also gives our students a chance to realise a dream and to fulfil, a desire to maximise their potential, and further aids our students by facilitating an avenue for them to further develop life-long character traits, such as positive attitudes, being focussed, dedication, commitment, and team work,” the Principal added.
The Sports Development Foundation (SDF), contributed to the project by providing the goal posts and marking the court. The May Pen-based, Young Sports and Books, also donated three footballs and one netball.