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The Sports Development Foundation (SDF), on October 20, handed over multi-purpose courts to the students and staff of Hampton School for Girls and a football field to the residents of Braes River in St. Elizabeth.The multi-purpose courts were constructed at a cost of $2.8 million, while the football field was established at a cost of $4.4 million.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony at Hampton, General Manager of the SDF, Ludlow Watts, said the Foundation was delighted to be able to provide the facilities for the school.
“On behalf of the Sports Development Foundation, I must extend to Hampton School a thank you for the opportunity you have given the Sports Development Foundation to provide the facility for you. We have upgraded two multi-purpose courts, and I am sure that you will find them very useful,” he said.
“This is a very important event to us, because we know that the facility will be well maintained,” he added. Principal of the school, Heather Murray, expressed gratitude to the Foundation. “I want to thank Mr. Watts for the work that has been done.now we have our tennis courts. Once you’ve started the relationship with Hampton, it’s never ending. We are looking forward to a long relationship, a relationship where indeed we use sports to build a better, a safer and a sounder Jamaica,” she added.
In his address at the ceremony at Braes River, Minister of Agriculture and Lands and Member of Parliament for the area, Roger Clarke, told the residents that, “these facilities are going to be placed in the hands of the community and it is going to be your task to make sure that these facilities are kept in tip top shape”.
“I want the citizens of Braes River to come together . to deal with this field, so that this can be a beacon anywhere you go in this country. Unity is what is going to be expected . let us all come together and work together for the good of the community,” he said.The SDF currently provides support for 35 sporting associations across the island.