SDF moving to expand improvement programme for schools
General manager of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) Denzil Wilks says that his association is currently reviewing the High School Sports Infrastructure Improvement Programme (HSSIP) to see how it can better assist secondary school sports programmes across the island.
The HSSIP, which was launched in 2014, assisted a number of schools in implementing sports infrastructure like tennis courts, playing fields, and synthetic running tracks, Wilks told The Gleaner.
"A lot of schools benefited from it. Happy Grove High in Portland, they requested dressing rooms at their playing field and got them. Wolmers' Boys chose a long jump pit and tennis courts," Wilks said. "Haile Selassie High got a field, along with William Knibb and Bog Walk."
According to Wilks, the programme also helped fund the synthetic track at Calabar High School.
"Calabar got a field, and it helped them with the track that they have now," Wilks said.
Wilks revealed that some of the funding for the HSSIP came from the European Union through the Sugar Transformation Unit.
He said that the SDF is currently seeking funding to extend the programme.
"Some of the funding came from the European Union, but the programme is currently under review to see how we can expand it to serve the schools," Wilks said.