The Babonneau police and the Saint Lucia National Table Tennis Association (SLNTTA) Tuesday made a donation of a tennis table to the Babonneau Primary School.
SLNTTA Public Relations Officer and National Coach, Chris Wells, explained at the presentation ceremony that the association had been approached by the Babonneau police with a request for a tennis table for the school and was able to find a used table in good condition.
“The next job now is to ensure that we have our PE teachers and the students excited about learning how to play the sport, and learning the basic skills so that they can join with the other schools within the sporting district in the competition that will be coming up some time this term,” Wells said.
He observed that table tennis as a sport is on the rise in Saint Lucia.
“One of the things we always look forward to at a national level is to get a lot of young persons exposed to competition and get the opportunity to actually represent the Island,” Wells stated.
He also noted that sports can help keep youngsters out of trouble.
Acting Inspector, Shervon Matthew observed that sports help youngsters develop positive character traits and learn life lessons.
(Acting Inspector Matthew poses with students)
He said the Babonneau station was developed as a community policing entity and has been going around the community to determine what projects police officers can undertake in the area of youth and sports.
Matthew disclosed that the station has made a request through the Sandals Foundation for the refurbishment of the basketball court on the compound of the Babonneau Primary School.
“That court is in a deplorable condition and honestly, I don’t think it is fit for the children to play on due to the potential health hazards on the court,” Matthew stated.
He observed that the students were ‘really excited’ over the donation of the tennis table, asserting that table tennis is a new sport to the youngsters.
Teacher, Kittel Dubois, expressed thanks to the Babonneau police station and the SLNTTA and said the Babonneau Primary School appreciated the fact that they had invested in the community.
Dubois expressed the hope that the school would be able to partner with the donors on other projects.