Sunday 19 May, 2019

Committee appointed to oversee development of Drax Hall complex

Sports Minister Olivia Grange.

Sports Minister Olivia Grange.

A committee has been established to oversee the execution of the development of the Drax Hall Sports Complex in St Ann, Sports Minister Olivia Grange has announced.

Grange made the announcement on Thursday, following a meeting with the Member of Parliament for North East St Ann, Shahine Robinson; Mayor of St Ann’s Bay, Michael Belnavis; President, St Ann Football Association, Danny Beckford; representatives of the Mount Pleasant Football Academy and other key stakeholders to discuss plans for the Drax Hall Sports Complex.

The proposed development includes two football fields, a multipurpose court, swimming pool and a number of other facilities to accommodate other sporting disciplines.

“We have initiated a programme of sports infrastructure development and Drax Hall was one of those facilities identified as one of the Jamaica 55 Legacy Projects. We have set up a committee to see to the execution of the development of the facility,” Minister Grange said.

The Drax Hall Sports Complex is now being used by the Mount Pleasant Football Academy for training and for home matches in the Premier League.

Minister Grange said the committee will review the design in light of works done at the facility by the Mount Pleasant Football Academy.

“This is going to be a perfect example of private/public partnership,” the Minister added.

The committee will include representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Sport Development Foundation, Independence Park Limited, the St Ann Municipal Corporation, the St Ann Football Association and the Mount Pleasant Football Academy.

“This is really a broad base group coming together in the interest of the development of football in this parish –  working together to ensure that we have a first class multipurpose sporting facility in St Ann,” Grange said.

The Sport Minister said the committee has been given one year to execute the development at Drax Hall.


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