A new era in sports, with new National Sports Policy

By Staff writer, MyVue News.com,

Basseterre, 16th October, 2020 (MyVue News.com)- Minister of Sport, Jonel Powell, is promising that with the introduction of the new National Policy on Sport, it will usher in a new era for the development of all sporting disciplines in the country.

The new policy, said Powell, speaking before he laid the document in the National Assembly on Thursday, 15th October, 2020, will cover sports development between the period 2020-2025.

He also indicated that it would also provide “guidance for the oversight and direction of sports, physical education, physical activity and recreation over the next five years.”

The policy, said the Minister, will also help to create the introduction of various sporting activities across the nation, in all communities.

He added, that “Building on the success of local sports traditions, the policy includes a framework for engaging communities in a return to street sports.”

As a matter of importance, the policy is also designed for all of St. Kitts and Nevis including children, elderly, persons with disabilities and athletes who represent schools, clubs and national teams.

The policy embraces the powerful medium of sport to address issues affecting youth in schools and communities; to promote healthy and active lifestyles; to support pathways for excellence, and to generate new revenue streams and economic activity for this Federation, promised Powell.

It also commits to providing equal opportunities and investment in the leadership capacity of the youth as peace-builders in schools and communities.

With this new policy, there is the intent to introduce a new structure and culture for a coherent approach to the development of athletes with the creation of community-based sport development hubs and a high-performance centre.

He said that the National Sports Policy embraces international practices as it “reflects global standards and upholds alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, while at the same time adopting a strong appreciation and value of the local context and realities of the Federation,” said the Minister of Sports.

“The National Sports Policy introduces a new governance structure with the establishment of a National Sports Council that will bring together the key stakeholders in the sports sector in a collaborative effort to ensure the successful oversight and implementation of this policy,” Minister Powell further stated.

Equally important, the policy also caters to women.

 “The National Sports Policy promotes the equitable representation of women in the leadership of sports and the empowerment of women as guardians of sport in the communities. The policy invests in strengthening the capacity of women as health and fitness leaders in communities across the Federation tapping into the nurturing power to build safer, healthier and more cohesive communities,” he said.

 The Minister of Sport said that corporate partners and other stakeholders also have a key role to play in the further enhancement of sports tourism ventures that contribute to economic growth.

 The process to develop a comprehensive National Sports Policy began in 2017. Input was made along the way by several local and regional stakeholders, including the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.

The local government also sought assistance from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in support of this initiative.

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