(October 5, 2012) More than 600 students of Antigua Girls High School now have the use of a multipurpose court – which can now facilitate both netball and basketball – that was handed over by the Sandals Foundation.
The school’s principal, Yvette Samuel, who has been on sick leave, said she felt that this fortunate occasion was one worth attending as the idea of reconstructing the school’s tennis court had floated around for many years but has never taken ground.
When the school became one of the Sandals Foundation’s 26 adopted Schools, Samuel had indicated the need for a multipurpose court and after two years of planning with the Sandals Foundation team, her dream for the school and students became a reality.
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Samuel remarked: “The Sandals Foundation has stamped its signature on a page of our history and has kept its word. So this morning, we express our sincerest gratitude to the Sandals Foundation for granting our students in 2012, the opportunity to play netball, basketball and eventually tennis, right here, where their grandmothers, mothers, aunts and sisters played. As of today our physical education CXC students will be able to conduct their practicals right here.”
Deputy Director of Sports Evans Jones recounted the strong relationships that the Sandals Foundation has built over the years with Antigua’s Ministry of Sports, and other organizations that have contributed to the development of sports in Antigua.
“The Sandals Foundation has been committed to the Ministry of Sports and to the development sports in this country. Most notable is the high performance cricket camp, which has trained many young Antiguan cricketers. It is a great joy to see that the Foundation continues to spread its wings in other sporting areas that will benefit our young female athletes,” Jones said.
The Sandals Foundation focuses on sustainable development and education, and Clare Browne, senior education officer opined: “the Ministry of Education salutes a corporate citizen of benevolence. We extend grateful thanks to the Sandals Foundation for this investment in the ladies in blue; for continuing to demonstrate a commitment to education and assist with the development of the young people of our twin island nation.”
The officials of the Sandals Foundation are pleased with impact that this new facility will have on the lives of the students and is working tirelessly with its other three adopted schools in Antigua to complete projects within the coming months that will benefit hundreds of Antiguan students.