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  • The playfield at the St. Catherine-based Bog Walk High School is to be upgraded at a cost of over $10 million.
  • Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, broke ground for the project on Wednesday, March 11, which is being undertaken by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF).
  • Mrs. Neita Headley, who is Member of Parliament for North Central St. Catherine, where the institution is located, said the upgrading of the playfield will foster the development of the school’s sports programme.

The playfield at the St. Catherine-based Bog Walk High School is to be upgraded at a cost of over $10 million.

Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, broke ground for the project on Wednesday, March 11, which is being undertaken by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF).

She said the works also involve putting a proper irrigation system in place “so that by flipping a switch your entire field will be watered. It will also come with tanks, so on the days when you have shortage of water, you can still continue to water your field.”

Mrs. Neita Headley, who is Member of Parliament for North Central St. Catherine, where the institution is located, said the upgrading of the playfield will foster the development of the school’s sports programme.

“This school has shown tremendous talent in many areas. Bog Walk has the potential to succeed in what it seeks to do, and I am confident that the school is going to be among the very best, and a contender among the very best for years to come,” she said.

President of the Student Council, Alex Edwards, expressed gratitude to the SDF for undertaking the project which, she said, “will enable our future athletes to express their full potential.”

School Principal, Patrick Phillips, pledged to utilise the facility for the development of the students. “We are going to utilise the field very well; we will see to it that this field will serve our children well,” he said.

The upgrading work comes under the Government’s High School Sport Infrastructure Improvement Project (HSSIIP), which aims to provide well-equipped, appropriate and safe facilities in schools to create the ideal physical environment for the development of sport.

The HSSIIP is being funded under the European Union’s Sugar Transformation Project.