Boys' Mentorship Program to Spur Interest in Sports Among Student Athletes
The Sports Director who will serve as the sports and youth representative among seven other appointees to the board, made the comment when he spoke to the Department of Information on May 25, 2022. “Scholarships is one of the major benefits that can be derived from participating in sports. “I can, off the top of my head speak of Adrian Williams who went to university on a scholarship for field events particularly javelin.
“Those institutions usually look at what the athlete or the player would have done in the secondary school phase of his athletic career, and thus, we have to now discuss ways of putting the necessary structures in place to ensure that the guys keep participating in sports. “Of course, it’s going to be a collaborative effort not only between the athletes and their coaches but society as a whole and when I say society, that includes parents, Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Gender Affairs, government agencies, private sector because at the end of the day, no one entity here in Nevis could ensure putting the necessary structure in place to make sure our boys excel in sport. “About 80 percent of those who are very good in primary school tend to go on to play in high school and also as adults but it’s the others who participate in primary school who have potential, may not have been the top of the top, those are the ones we have to ensure they continue to participate in sports, and so one of my roles on the board is to help advise especially among the boys, and help put programmes in place that will provide the necessary support to keep these athletes engaged in sporting and recreational activity after primary school,” he said.
“Our youngsters are taking an interest in sports and I’m happy to see you because we will need mentors in the sports area, as well, for them to continue. All eight members of the Advisory Board are volunteers who are sitting in various capacities as civil society, private sector, religion, education, and counsellor representatives.
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