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Sligoville Stadium's handover to GC Foster College in doubt

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2017 | 12:12 AMLivingston Scott
This basketball hoop is in need of repair after it was seperated from its base.
Missing floodlights at the Sligoville Stadium
The Sligoville Stadium cricket pitch.
The Sligoville Stadium's basketball court.
Sligoville Stadium netball hoop.

In 2013, the People's National Party-led government of the time announced that GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport would assume responsibility for the neglected Sligoville Stadium, a gift from the Chinese government, which was completed in 2007. It was believed that the process of handing over the complex to the college was nearing its final stages, although no timeline was ascertained.

However, Minister of Sports, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange poured cold water on that idea, as she indicated that her Jamaica Labour Party - led administration is looking in another direction to develop and maintain the facility.

The complex will be available for all government sports entities once possible, but they are also looking at a public-private sector partnership for development and management.

"Under the Bruce Golding administration, we had plans for it, we were in discussion about creating a football academy there, and I have resumed discussions with a well-known athlete, who also wants to utilise the facility for track and field," she said.


Report submitted


"My office did a visit recently and submitted a report, which I will look at shortly. I will review the report and determine the next steps. But we will take it in hand and ensure the facility is restored and fully utilised."

Principal of the G.C. Foster college, Dr Joyce Graham Royal, admitted they are involved in rehabilitating the facility but would not say to what extent, before directing us to the Ministry of Education for further insight.

"Until it is completely handed over to us there is only just so much we can do. The documents have been prepared and are being processed and we are just waiting on the ministry (education)," Graham Royal stated.