GC Foster urged to expand horizons
Residents living close to the G.C. Foster College in St Catherine could benefit from training and other development opportunities provided by the sports-training institution.
Minister with responsibility for sport, Natalie Neita-Headley, said she has been in discussion with board chairman, Dr Wesley Hughes, to see how best the institution could assist members of the surrounding community.
"We will embark on seeing how best we can incorporate some training and development for community members, giving them certification here from the school in much shorter courses," she said.
Neita-Headley was speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the installation of a $168-million running track at the institution.
She said she was "pleased and proud" of the project, which will foster the development of athletes, coaches, and teachers, and accommodate the staging of regional and international meets.
"We are not just stopping at ensuring that this is going to be an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) certified track, but that we will create a product here at G.C. Foster College, which we want to make everyone want to come and see what we are doing here," she said.
The minister, who is also member of parliament for North Central St Catherine, urged the institution's administration to see how residents can be involved in the project, "because you need them to assist ... in helping you to maintain (the facility)".
In welcoming the project, Dr Hughes concurred that it has to be community effort. "The institution cannot exist by itself and in isolation," he said, noting that it requires the input of the community for its continued development.