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GC Foster, UTech sign MOU with City of Miramar

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:09 AMAkino Ming/Staff Reporter

Long after Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz finished their preparation for this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup at one of Florida’s best sporting facilities, the City of Miramar will continue its relations with the country, as it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with two of the country’s leading sporting institutions.

Miramar’s Mayor, Wayne Messam, signed the agreement with the acting principal of G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, Maurice Wilson and acting president of the University of Technology, Colin Giles, on Wednesday at a fundraiser for the Reggae Girlz in the South Florida city.

The MOU will allow the institutions’ athletics teams the use the city’s sporting facilities, including the multipurpose Ansin Sports Complex, where the Reggae Girlz played one of their final warm-up games before the tournament yesterday.

The agreement will also allow community colleges from Miramar to participate in Jamaica’s annual Intercollegiate Championships (intercol).

“G.C. Foster College hopes to benefit by including the JAAA (Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association) in this agreement, where athletes on their way to various championships can stop by the Ansin complex to train,” Wilson said. “It would be also great to have some of the community colleges participate in Intercol in an attempt to elevate the level of the championships.”

He continued: “We are also looking to have some events at the Ansin complex from a business standpoint, where we can raise funds, much like what the Reggae Girlz are doing now. The City of Miramar has a beautiful facility in the Ansin Sports Complex and they want it to be used.”

Commissioner of Miramar Maxwell Chambers, who was born and raised in Clarendon, is excited about the venture.

“We expect a collaborative effort from both parties. We have a lot of offsprings from Jamaica here and we believe that we can work together to enhance sports, not just in Jamaica, but also children in this city, who we can inspire to take up a sporting activity,” Chambers said. “As for the colleges here, they will get an opportunity to go to Jamaica, and everybody loves going to Jamaica. They will also get an opportunity to enhance their athletic abilities because the world is watching Jamaica now.”