EQUIPMENT FOR TABAQUITE: The Ministry of Sport 'Taking Sport to Rural Areas' programme head coordinator, Paul Voisin, third from right, presents equipment to the Ministry's Tabaquite/Talparo Sport Development Officer, Desire Mitchell, at the Tabaquite Recreation Ground, on Monday. Also in the photo is the councillor for the area, Henry Awong, far left.

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Ministry targets rural areas

The Ministry of Sport "Taking Sport to Rural Areas" programme continued this week with the introduction of coaches in Tabaquite, Toco and Mayaro. Equipment was also distributed.

In a press release, the Ministry explained that the programme, which was launched last June, "seeks to address the challenges plagued by the rural areas through the medium of sport, by providing immediate improvement of infrastructure, equipment, as well as opportunities for capacity building and enhancement for all coaches, volunteers, etc.".

"This programme," the release continued, "is expected to enhance the lives of people in the rural areas through recreation, sport and social interaction, to empower the people and build positive relationships throughout the community.

"It also serves to identify potential talent within the community for further development by implementing a sustainable development programme that would help create/add to the pool of talented athletes to clubs and national teams. This would be achieved by conducting training programmes in various sporting and coaching disciplines of track and field, basketball, cricket, netball, football, volleyball."

Former T&T Marathon champion Paul Voisin is the head coordinator of the "Taking Sport to Rural Areas" programme.

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