Press Release:– Officials of the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations, and Sustainable Development – including Permanent Secretary Ms. Michelle Charles – met with parents and guardians of students who, within a matter of weeks, could make up the first intake of the Saint Lucia Sports Academy.
The meeting took place at the Financial Centre in Pointe Seraphine on Saturday, 3 August 2019. It was at least the second such touchpoint between the Ministry, parents, students, and the leadership of the Sports Academy.
On one previous occasion, parents had been taken on a walk-through of the facilities.
The Sports Academy will be located in Gros Islet, on the campus of what was previously known as the Gros Islet Secondary School.
The GISS has now been decommissioned and did not accept an intake of Form 1 students for the 2019-2020 school year beginning in September.
Rather, most of the students who would have been entering Form 2 and Form 3 at GISS have been transferred to other schools in the north of the island.
Form 4 and Form 5 students will stay on to complete their CXC studies. The remainder of the student body will comprise student-athletes in three disciplines.
In partnership with the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association, and the Saint Lucia Football Association Inc., the bulk of the first cohort of students at the Sports Academy will consist of the national under-15 boys’ teams in both sports, the under-15 girls’ football team, and GISS track and field athletes.
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.
The student-athletes will pursue a basic curriculum similar to that which obtains at secondary schools islandwide, but with a view towards ensuring that the pupils are eligible for scholarships in the U.S.A., Canada, England, and Australia, inter alia.
There will also be specialised instruction geared towards careers in sports.