Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has expressed the surety that t every Saint Lucian will agree that the continued success of our national athletes, especially the performances by this country’s national footballers, is something that all should be extremely proud and that the success warrants further investment in developing sports in Saint Lucia.
Chastanet stated on his official Facebook page that during Saturday’s visit by President Gianni Infantino of FIFA along with FIFA Vice-president and CONCACAF President Mr. Victor Montagliani, a tour was undertaken of the FIFA constructed Artificial Turf Football Field in Mabouya Valley, Dennery where the officials got to meet Saint Lucia’s National Under 17 Female Football team.
The PM observed that coincidentally, the president’s visit occurred on the same day that our Under-15 National team won the 2019 CONCACAF Boys’ Championship.
He said he is happy that FIFA has endorsed plans for the upgrading of Saint Lucia’s sports facilities across the island as well as the holistic plan for the development of sports.
“By focusing on the development of football, cricket, track & field, basketball, netball, volleyball and the other sporting disciplines, our athletes will benefit from improvements in their skills and knowledge of their chosen discipline as well as access to more opportunities for scholarships and viable careers in sports,” Chastanet observed.
He recalled that as part of the historic visit to Saint Lucia, the FIFA President went on a site visit to the Gros Islet Secondary School which is currently being transformed into the National Sports Academy commencing this September.
“We are working together with the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association and the Saint Lucia Football Association Inc. which are the disciplines which represent the bulk of the first cohort of students. The Sports Academy will consist of the national under-15 boys’ teams in both sports, the under-15 girls’ football team, and track and field athletes.,” Chastanet stated.
“Members of the boys’ national teams will be domiciled at the Academy, staying in newly-prepared dorms. Members of the girls’ national football team and track and field teams will be doing regular classes at the campus during the day, and will be training after school, but will not be staying overnight,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“student-athletes will pursue a basic curriculum similar to that which obtains at secondary schools island-wide, but with a view toward ensuring that the pupils are eligible for scholarships in the USA, Canada, England and Australia. There will also be specialized instruction geared towards others careers in sports,” Chastanet said.