Guidelines being formulated for resumption of sports in schools- Sports Division

Sports Coordinator, Trevor Shillingford on Annou Pale

Sports Coordinator, Trevor Shillingford says the sports division is in the process of putting guidelines in place for the resumption of sporting activities in schools.

He made the announcement as a guest on Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Annou Pale talk show over the weekend.

He said physical education and sports at schools which are part of the school’s curriculum designed to get the students active, have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 bringing most of the sporting activities in schools to a halt.

“We would have to provide a set of guidelines, because we have to be cognizant that we are still operating in the Covid-19 environment and there is a need for us to establish some guidelines that would ensure the safety of our student athletes,” he said. “There will also be a need for discussions with the Ministry of Education; that process we have already started.”

According to Shillingford, education would also be an important factor in the process of ensuring a successful resumption of sports in schools, “and we believe we can use the various sporting activities within the schools to educate our student athletes as to some of the safety measures that they would have to take.”

The sports official also highlighted the need for student athletes to be educated on the importance of getting vaccinated.

“We also need to educate the students that if they continue to participate in the various sporting activities there will definitely be need for protection,” Shillingford noted. “We will need to have that extra layer of protection which will be the issue of vaccination. We would definitely have to engage our student athletes on the issue of vaccination.”

Shillingford did not indicate how soon those guidelines would be ready.

Prime Minister Skerrit announced towards the end of January that Cabinet would be considering a set of guidelines for a blended approach to instruction which would take effect “within the coming weeks”, but there has since been no indication as to when face-to-face instruction will be reintroduced in schools on the island.

Following a surge in Covid-19 cases in 2020, the Ministry of Education, at the start of the 2021-2022 academic year, took a decision to revert to the online platform in order to safeguard students and educators.

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8 Comments

  1. February 18, 2022

    Is wanting to be fit Trevo the sports minister? Where is the sports minister? This unfit guy is on A nou Parle’ sort program and he’s all over the media talking. What is the role of the sports minister? Even madam Mellissa has taken to the helm of the netball series that’s going on despite the sports minister who is a veteran former netball player. Apparently big boy King Liar likes wanting to be fit big boy Trevo. Mark my words, soon there will be a private vote of no confidence against the real sports minister who is too busy assisting with the erection of a palace in her constituent.

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  2. Ibo France
    February 17, 2022

    I’ve said this umpteen times before and will repeat it ad nauseam. The Announcement Pale show is a factory that manufactures misinformation, half-truths lies and propaganda.

    For any media entity to regurgitate verbally or in print verbatim,what is depliberated on this show, is to do the country irreparable harm and a mammoth disservice.

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  3. Ibo France
    February 17, 2022

    Sports have the potential to bring much revenue and pride to both individuals and country. Sports also bring national unity. Therefore, it should be given the attention and resources it deserves. School sports should be considered invaluable to the lives of every student because of the good it does to a child’s health, self-esteem, social development, et cetera.

    Look around Dominica at the conditions of the sporting facilities and lack thereof. The present DLP-led government only gives lip service to sports, like other sectors, their words and their actions are diametrically opposite to each other.

    If the country are to maximize the benefits that can be derived from sports, we need to invest much more in sporting facilities and our human resources.

    The government is underwhelmingly performing in every sector of the economy. Not many sectors have suffered more than sports. The evidence is clear. Just look at the performance of the National Netball Team.

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  4. Corn Shell
    February 17, 2022

    Trevor, as Skerrits sports coordinator what can you tell us about the $1 plus million dollars Michael Holding told the world that cricket west indies and Dominica cricket used as a conduit to move monies that could not be accounted for, when Emmanuel Nanthan, was vice president of cricket west indies and president of Dominica cricket association? Have you ever asked Skerrit or Nanthan about that sir? Have you questioned the new toy president of cricket, Glen Joseph about that? Do you know if those monies were used to purchase a washing machine to wash dirty close thats very staimed? Just want to know what you know

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  5. Left to mourn
    February 16, 2022

    Its nothing more than politricks . Roosevelt Skerrit in particular, waged war on sports and young people way before there was something called covid and right now its difficult to bring back sports in school or in our communities. When Skerrits chose Mrs Justina Charles as his sports minister it was a sign that he was on a mission to destroy sports. When he replaced Ma pierro with Roselyn Paul, it was clear that Skerrits plan was to put the final nail in the coffin of sports. When Skerrit somehow legalized marijuana without putting anything in place to protect our young boys from the danger of ganja especially to a young mind, it was very clear that Skerrits mission was not only to kill sports but to destroy our young people because he knows sports, education and ganja is equal to death. So sorry its much easier to kill than to raise the dead. As for cricket that is already extinct in Dominica

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  6. Roger Burnett
    February 16, 2022

    Although physical education and sports at schools has been negatively impacted by Covid-19 virus, we loosing a golden opportunity for promoting the creative arts.

    The creative arts, in particular music and visual, ideally lend themselves to on-line learning. There are hundreds of videos out there to inspire students. This one is of a teaching session by the Granny Award jazz singer Betty Carter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Weuqez4HfJ8

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  7. Toto
    February 16, 2022

    Trevor, you not looking very sporty for a sports co-ordinator my boy. Sorry but your physique not very inspiring for our youngsters. Teacher report says: must do better.

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    • Ibo France
      February 17, 2022

      Toto, leave Trevor alone. He’s just enjoying the good life like the President, PM, and his small circles of friends. Life is so great for them that they are now growing horizontally instead of vertically. In Dominica, some people are more equal than others.

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