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    • The Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, Minister with responsibility for Sport in the Office of the Prime Minister, officially commissioned the irrigation system at Tarrant High School.
    • The project involves extensive upgrading of the school’s playfield and is part of the Government’s overall thrust to provide well-equipped, appropriate and safe sporting facilities to create the idea physical environment for the development of sport.
    • Tarrant High was selected as one of the 24 high schools under the HSSIIP which will improve fields, tracks and courts over a two year period.

    The Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, Minister with responsibility for Sport in the Office of the Prime Minister, officially commissioned the irrigation system at Tarrant High School, launching the commencement of works to be conducted across the island under the High School Sport Infrastructure Improvement Project (HSSIIP) on Thursday, September 25.

    The approximately $12.5 million dollar project which is being funded by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) in partnership with the Member of Parliament, the Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips, involves extensive upgrading of the school’s playfield and is part of the Government’s overall thrust to provide well-equipped, appropriate and safe sporting facilities to create the idea physical environment for the development of sport.

    Minister Neita Headley during her address before a packed school auditorium emphasised the importance of the project. She said “In recognition of the critical role school sport plays as an anchoring pillar for the national development programme, the Government of Jamaica is committed to upgrading sport infrastructure in schools. The upgrading of high school facilities will address the long term development needs of sport in schools, communities and nationally, ultimately safeguarding our future.”

    The Minister who turned on the sprinkler marking the commissioning of the irrigation system for the playfield used the opportunity to urge the school and community to create a partnership in ensuring that the field remains in good condition after the upgrading work has been completed. “I anticipate that a management committee will be established to prepare guidelines for the maintenance and use of the facility. I want the community to know that their partnership is important in helping to care for this playfield since it will now become a part of the strategy to safeguard the future of your children and of the legacy of this school,” said Minister Neita Headley.

    Tarrant High was selected as one of the 24 high schools under the HSSIIP which will improve fields, tracks and courts over a two year period. This $250 million project, launched in November 2013, is in partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister, the Sport Development Foundation, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Sugar Transformation Project, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the Social Development Commission.

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