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Grange outlines plans to upgrade facilities

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2017 | 2:03 AMRobert Bailey
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Minister of Sports Olivia 'Babsy' Grange said upgrading work on three of the island's sporting facilities is set to begin later this year.

Grange, who did not disclose the names of the stadiums which are set to benefit from the upgrading exercise, said that the refurbishing of these venues forms part of her legacy programmes, which she launched in 2011 during her administration's previous term in office.

"We are looking at three facilities across the island where we will be assisting with upgrading and in some instances, existing facility will be upgraded to a mini stadium status and in one instance, we may be building something from the ground up," informed Grange.

"This is a vision that I have always had, and the last time I was minister, that was part of my Jamaica50 Legacy Programme," Grange added.

Grange noted that the change of government at the time resulted in a number of the legacy projects not being taken forward by the previous administration.

"I am back as minister; I (will) ensure that this infrastructure development programme which (will create) three mini-stadiums across the island will be done, and there are a number of other initiatives that we will be announcing as legacy programmes coming off the 55th anniversary of Independence," shared Grange.

The minister noted that full details of the programme would be announced during this year's media launch of the Jamaica 55 celebrations in March.