March 22, 2013

The National Sports Council is in a better position to have their playing fields maintained, thanks to the National Olympic Committee of St Vincent and the Grenadines.{{more}}

The equipment, which was handed over last Tuesday, during a ceremony at the Arnos Vale Playing Field, includes three lawn mowers, four weed eaters, two blowers, a welding machine, a chain saw and a roll of nylon for weed eaters, valued at US$5,000.

In accepting the equipment, Manager of the National Spots Council, Cecil Charles said: “As the manager of the National Sports Council, I want to assure you of our commitment and our continuing trust and support, not only for NOC, but I also want to assure them that this equipment will be well taken care of and used to maintain the various facilities throughout St Vincent and the Grenadines”.

President of the National Olympic Committee, Trevor Bailey, in his presentation, said: “The National Sports Councils cannot cut the grass without equipment … It is very timely and we are really happy that we can provide for your needs, that you can cut your grass and keep your grass low and good for whenever there is athletics, football or cricket”.

Bailey stated that he would like to see the NOC making similar donations to the NSC in the future.

Also giving brief remarks was parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture Elvis Charles, who reiterated the good timing of the NOC’s gesture, amidst harsh economic times.

The senator noted, “….. It is very hard for any institution to dispense with much needed cash, but the NOC collaborated with the National Sports Council in helping them to acquire such valuable equipment for the up keep of our sporting facilities around St Vincent and the Grenadines”.

The handing over was also witnessed by the Director of Physical Education and Sport Nelson Hillocks; General Secretary of the National Olympic Committee Keith Joseph, Second Vice President of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association, Denis Byam, as well as facility manager of the NSC Lance John and senior groundsmen – Patrick “Tall Boy” John and Lenford Goodluck. (RT)