February 29, 2015, Castries St. Lucia: The Micoud Youth and Sports Council (MYSC) on Sunday February 28th, 2016 held a historic Ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the newly constructed Changing Room Facility at Aduka’s Park in Micoud; (Micoud Playing Field) under the Super J Unity in Community Programme.
Fourteen months ago, as winners of Zone C of the Super J Unity in Community initiative, the MYSC immediately commenced, with the demolition of the then eye-soar, hazardous and dilapidated structure. Community members (old and young), sportsmen and women and Super J volunteers all enthusiastically came out to assist in true ‘koudmen’ style. Many challenges including dwindling community participation, mobilsation of additional resources including financial, technical and otherwise however, were encountered along the way which resulted in the very slow pace progress with the project. Despite these many hurdles, the collective efforts and commitment of the MYSC lead by Miss Nadege Jn. Baptiste, the Micoud Restoration Project Management Committee (MRPMC) and Super J all persevered in ensuring the delivery of the facility.
At Sunday’s ceremony during a very emotional address Miss Jn Baptiste, President of the MYSC appropriately capture the intense journey “At times along this journey, it felt like the only option was to give up but we knew we couldn’t. We understood the need to improve the morale of our community members and patrons. The idea was not simply to have a building to shower and meet, but to allow young sports men and women, from both home and away to venture into these walls proud and confident before their games, to provide for our young ladies and men and students of the neighbouring schools an area of privacy to change, safe from harassment and where they could play leaving their belongings secure. The Micoud Youth and Sports Council will finally have its own place to meet with its affiliates and conduct council activities”.
Ms. Jn. Baptiste further highlighted the outstanding performance of the Community over the years in the area of sports and youth development at the national level despite the lack of or conditions of the infrastructure. “We intend for clubs to be fortified within these walls and their members in turn will fortify the community. This facility will serve to improve the cohesion within a community that has performed well over the last sporting years.”
Miss Jn. Baptiste went on further to encourage the community to ensure safeguarding. “We must be mindful of the efforts embodied here and so every one of us must take a personal interest and be responsible for the upkeep of this facility. We must guard our efforts and try our utmost to preserve this facility so that it can be bequeathed to younger generations.” A building which epitomizes Unity in Community, great leadership and perseverance and the commitment of the private sector.
Main Sponsor Consolidated Food Limited, other private businesses and members of the Community (particularly those who held on to the end) who understood the needs of the community and assisted financial, with technical assistance, tools or their services in the planning, construction and daily operations received praises and words of appreciation from The President and members of the MYSC and MRPMC. Other sponsors included Brice and Company Limited, Mr. D’oliveira Toussaint, St. Lucia Football Association (SLFA), , Dr. Gale Rigobert, Smugglers Cove Resort and Spa, Mr. Richard Frederick, Mega Contracting Inc, Paradise Springs, People Empowering People, Willie’s Whole Sale, Anto’s Supermarket, Lara Construction, Mr. Herbert Roserie, and Fred’s Lumber.
Sunday’s ceremony had in attendance the District Representative Dr. Gale Rigobert, Consolidated Food Limited Management and staff, General Secretary of the Saint Lucia Football Association, other sponsors, President of National Youth Council, Youth Officer for the Micoud District, other specially invited guests and affiliates of the Micoud Youth and Sports Council and community members.