Minister Norton’s visit to Craig Community ground paves way for enhancement

DPI, GUYANA, Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Youths residing on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) area will soon have a recreational space which will allow them to meaningfully occupy their free time. This comes on the heels of an inspection of the Craig Community Ground by Minister with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. George Norton and his team comprising of Technical Officers Natasha Singh-Lewis and Olive Gopaul and others.

Minister of Social Cohesion Dr. George Norton (center) in discussion with Vice-President of the (GSCCYG), Colin Weeks on the way forward with the ground.

The visit by the Minister follows a request from the Good Success/Craig Community Youth Group (GSCCYG), that is seeking assistance for the fencing and levelling of the ground as well as the installation of a goal post for football matches.

When upgrades to the community ground are complete, it is expected to provide a safe environment for youths in and around the community to interact with each other and form cohesive bonds through sports. It will also serve as a conduit for partnership between the Ministry and the various youth groups within the community.

Following the inspection of the ground and interaction with the members of the youth group, Minister Norton stated his satisfaction with the enthusiasm and interest shown by the adults in the community to have a recreational space created for the young people to occupy. The Minister noted that with an approach such as this, there will be many rewards to reap after the ground enhancement project is undertaken.

The Craig Community ground which is to be enhanced.

“We have got to look back to see what opportunities and what alternatives there are for them to do other things and having that ground which would not cost us any large amount of money, it would have a very positive impact in their civil life and them being productive citizens,” Minister Norton said.

Vice President of the (GSCCYG), Colin Weeks said the visit by the Minister indicates the emphasis the government is placing on the development of young people. “We welcome the Minister; the youth group is here for the community so it is a win-win situation with the Minister being here,” Weeks stated.

Weeks noted that the works will commence tomorrow with the weeding of the ground. This will be done in collaboration with the Ministry, GSCCYG, and the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC).

The ground enhancement project by the Ministry of Social Cohesion, Department of Sport is an ongoing project to ensure that youths across the country have the safe environment to utilize for recreational purposes.

 

By: Isaiah Braithwaite

 

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