Sports minister wants ‘Kickstart’ in clubs, schools
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange wants to see the Digicel Kickstart Clinic replicated in educational institutions and organisations.
"The Digicel Kickstart Clinic is not just a template for corporate Jamaica. I would like to see it replicated within our community clubs, within schools and even religious organisations and must involve parents, teachers and certified coach educators," she said.
The sports minister was speaking at the launch of the Digicel Kickstart Grassroot Football 2016 programme, held yesterday at the Whole Life Sports Centre, Devon Road, in Kingston.
The programme was launched in 2008 by Digicel as part of its brand development and grassroots strategy. It provides an opportunity for thousands of aspiring young footballers not only to learn football skills and technical abilities, but also to develop good attitudes and life skills.
This year, coaches from top English Premier League team, Manchester City Football Club and New York FC, will host clinics in 14 Caribbean and Central American countries, and will select the best three boys from each country to attend the Digicel Kickstart Academy.
"Sport in general is a vehicle through which health, education and camaraderie of human beings are promoted and are common ideals shared and upheld by any government or modern society," the minister emphasised.
Grange said that successful people have attributed their achievements to early exposure that inculcated in them the fundamental skill sets to be successful in life.
In the meantime, the minister congratulated Digicel for supporting the programme and for being a great corporate partner.