EXPLAINING that he’s been given a job to ensure that community grounds are used in the best interest of communities across Guyana, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr, on Sunday, committed ten million dollars to enhance the development of the Enmore Community Centre.
The minister’s gesture follows closely on the heels of similar disbursements, made last week, for community grounds in Buxton, Enterprise and Success, while those in Berbice: Rose Hall, Canje, Port Mourant and Line Path, previously received the same amount.
While interacting with members of the Enmore Centre Council, NDC representatives and residents of the East Coast village as part of his drive to push the ministry’s ground enhancement initiative, the minister was also given a tour of the venue.
Minister Ramson praised the executives of the club for the immaculate upkeep of the outfield and advised them to focus on the priority areas when deliberating on the use of the sum allocated.
The main areas for upgrades include quality and durable covers for the pitch, a motorised roller, lighting towers to facilitate night activities and improvement on the existing washroom facilities.
Following the allocation of $1.5 billion to aid in sports development throughout Guyana, announced in February by Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh, Minster Ramson has been working tirelessly to push his ministry’s ground enhancement initiative, hence the visit to Enmore on Sunday.
In order to improve community grounds throughout Guyana, expand their use as parks, and create premium, multi-purpose sporting facilities of international standards in Regions Two, Six and 10, GY$915.5M has been allocated for those purposes.
The installation of lights on community grounds, laying of synthetic materials at the athletic tracks in New Amsterdam and Wismar, and upgrading of other sport facilities are also on the cards.
Minister Ramson, who had also visited the Enmore Community Centre last year December to do a needs assessment, was accompanied by Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) president, Bissoondyal Singh and Technocrat Member, Anil Beharry, among other sports officials.
Over the years, the Enmore Community Centre has been renowned for hosting Regional First-Class and 50-over games, as well as the National Schools Athletics, Cycling and Swimming Championship and matches in the Kashif and Shanghai year-end football tournament.