Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Kelver Darroux believes that Government’s efforts to assist the youth of Dominica in the area of Sports Education, at the tertiary level towards professional sports, while existent, is in want.
Darroux was speaking at the launching of the CBN/Winlott Windward Islands Schools’ Games yesterday, where the sponsorship funds and the players gear were handed over.
He believes that more can be done to create the opportunities for youth seeking to become professionals in sports.
The Minister said, “I want to highlight the area of Sporting Education and the Government of Dominica continues to provide the opportunities for young persons to secure higher education as it relates to sporting disciplines. We have sent several students to Cuba, in particular, to further their education in sports. But I still think that more needs to be done in that regard, because we have some of our young people who are very talented and ambitious as it relates to sports, and if we can create more opportunities for them where they can receive scholarships, that they can have sports as a career, and with international cricket happening here now in Dominica, it will open the flood gates for young people to make a career out of sports.”
He added, “That is something that as a government we would be willing and committed to ensuring our young people can grab a hold of.”
Darroux also commended the work of the Sports Division for the management and organization of sports in schools, at the primary and secondary level,
“I want to commend the sports division for its efforts. The team continues to work tirelessly to ensure that our young people can have sports as a daily activity. The District Sports Festivals, have been ongoing for a number of years and has had a tremendous impact in ensuring the young people engage themselves in sports across the islands. Also, the implementation of the sporting committees, so that we can have sports properly managed in this country and the Sport Division continues to do a very good job in that regard,” Darroux remarked.
The Games begin on Sunday and will continue until 31 July with the camp village set up in Portsmouth expected to house the almost 280 student athletes participating this year.
Activities will also to be held in Roseau and Grandbay.