Major Upgrades Planned For SMC Sports Facilities

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Castries, St. Lucia – The St. Mary’s College will receive an upgrade to existing sports facilities.

External funding in the amounts of $100,000 from the Government of the People’s Republic of China (Taiwan), $68,500 from the Saint Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF), $15,000 from First National Bank and $15,000 from the Alumni Association of the St. Mary’s College have been earmarked for a court rehabilitation project in 2024.

Acting principal of the St. Mary’s College, Neil Fontenelle, said: “The plan is to resurface the court, relay the fence, relay the tennis net, bring in state-of-the-art basketball rims, and we’re also hoping to erect some bleachers.”

The deterioration of the court surface prompted urgent action to maintain the safety of students. Member of Parliament for Castries North, Hon. Stevenson King, was instrumental in sourcing funding for the rehabilitation project. He disclosed an additional project that will also benefit the institution.

“St. Mary’s College will be one of the institutions selected for a pilot project that aims to improve the court surface so as to prevent injury to the boys whenever they use the court [and] I’m promising you that within the next 24 months, I will undertake a project to light the court.”

SSDF Executive Director, John Victorin, said the support extended is a direct effort to improve the lives of students, overall.

“These life skills help us transform into better and more productive individuals that redounds to the benefit of our country, and the interests of us all as citizens of Saint Lucia.”

His Excellency Peter Chen, Taiwan’s ambassador to Saint Lucia said holistic growth is the impetus for continued support from the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan.)

“I would like to express our ongoing support for the St. Mary’s College. Emphasizing the holistic development of the students encompassing morality, intelligence, physical health, and aesthetics is paramount.”

Work on the St. Mary’s College court rehabilitation project is expected to reach conclusion within the calendar year.

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