Tufton targets sports revamp in South West St Elizabeth
South West St Elizabeth Member of Parliament Dr Christopher Tufton has revealed a raft of plans to develop sporting facilities in the constituency.
"Part of the long-term development programme for sports in south west St Elizabeth is the upgrading of sporting facilities. We have a number of plans on the drawing board to fence fields, to create new fields, both cricket and football, and also all-purpose courts for the ladies, for their netball, and that will take place over a period of time," Tufton, who is also agriculture and fisheries minister, said.
Tufton was speaking at the launch of the INSPORTS/ Christopher Tufton South West St Elizabeth 20/20 Cricket Competition at the Luana Sports Complex in St Elizabeth on Sunday.
Tufton said the competition has attracted 15 teams this year.
The minister said he hoped the competition would enable the participating communities to learn from each other.
"At the end of it, communities should relate to each other a little better, and we should see some good sporting personalities coming out of the constituency, hopefully to go on to bigger and better things," he said.
Building community spirit
Meanwhile, community development officer for the Black River area, Damian Lowe, said the competition was one means of building community organisations and the spirit of the people.
Lowe pointed out that the competition is a spin-off from the Social Development Commission's 20/20 community cricket, and also one activity in the calendar of events that the communities plan to do fund-raising and set up booths to sell local items.
The winning team will receive a trophy and prize money of $100,000.