KINGSTON — Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, says that 16 schoolboys on the eight teams in the quarter-finals of the Social Development Commission's (SDC) National Twenty20 Community Cricket competition will get scholarships in 2012.
Speaking at the competition’s awards ceremony on Wednesday (November 9) at the Knutsford Court Hotel, Kingston, Miss Grange said that the scholarships, to pursue disciplines at the GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sports, will be part of Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.
"You have a chance to take up that scholarship and to have yourself trained professionally in any discipline in sports that you like, make use of it. And I hope that this is encouragement for more communities to participate, and for all of you to apply yourself more in getting ready for the competition," the Minister said.
Noting that a record 372 teams were registered for the 2011 competition, Miss Grange said that the SDC's Twenty20 cricket competition has played its part in transforming the communities which are involved.
"It has been crucial to the effort to use sports as a means to build and to unite communities, which is a big item on the Ministry's agenda," she said.
The Minister while calling for more female players in the Twenty20 game, she praised the SDC field staff for their continued effort to build community groups and sustainable ventures for citizenry.
"The SDC is that mechanism that connects everything. It is the centre of social development and social intervention in this country, and I put on record that the SDC is one of the most professionally run Government agencies in this country,” the minister commented.
The Twenty20 competition is an effort by the SDC to expose talent, islandwide. The Old Harbour team won the top prize of $750,000. Content was second and received $400,000. There were also prizes of cash and trophies for third and fourth placed teams.
By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter