Grange Hill, Petersfield to get $10m grants
As part of the Government's commitment to the establishment of better sporting facilities within schools across the island, minister with responsibility for sports Natalie Neita-Headley has announced grants of $10 million each to Grange Hill and Petersfield High Schools in Westmoreland.
Neita-Headley was the keynote speaker at the Westmoreland Football Association's awards gala held at Sandals Whitehouse on Sunday, to honour and officially present the parish's Major League champions, Beaches Negril, and other clubs with trophies and medals.
The grants will go towards the overall improvement of the schools' fields and courts, with the long-term goal being the furtherance of plans towards sports tourism in the western end of the country.
"This is really a part of the Government's policy on sports, therefore, we have embarked on improving the sporting infrastructure in the country," Neita-Headley said.
The sports infrastructure programme will cover 24 high schools islandwide and resumed in 2014. The programme will conclude in 2016, the minister said.
The leadership at both schools was delighted with the announcement, as it will allow for better training and much-improved performances in the various competitions they enter.
Petersfield in particular will be anxious to commence development, being the fastest risers among western-based schools in track and field.
Machel Woolery, head of the physical education department at Petersfield, told The Gleaner that the news comes at an opportune time in the school's sports development.
"I am totally happy with this development ... because we are in serious need of a playing field here," he said.
"We have been doing extremely well over the years, be it in football or track and field, and should this investment happen, it would give us a well-needed boost as we position Petersfield High as a top school in sports as well as in education," Woolery said.