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Sports associations to get help

Published:Saturday | February 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Government is to provide financial assistance to sports associations and federations to help offset the cost of using the sporting venues managed by Independence Parks Limited (IPL).

This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Sports, Natalie Neita Headley, during the official ceremony for the recommissioning of the renovated seating facilities at the Leila Robinson Courts at the National Arena in Kingston.

Neita Headley said the Ministry of Finance and Planning had approved a request to provide financial assistance towards rental of the venues and $70 million had been budgeted.

"It means that we will have to rationalise, we will have to determine usage. We will have to determine the persons who have a strong sporting programme in place ... to allow for the use of the facilities," she said.

The facilities, managed by IPL, include the National Stadium, the National Aquatics Centre, the National Indoor Sports Centre, and the Leila Robinson Courts.

Neita Headley indicated that a team of persons, including members of the National Sports Council, would look at the process through which the sporting bodies would be able to access the facilities.