A paucity of adequate gear is of primary concern but administrators of the South Ruimveldt
Park Primary School fully understand the need for sports activities in the curriculum and improvise while battling assiduously to develop this area in their quest to promote the development of those students.
The students are contesting for honours in the Petra Pee Wee football championships set for the Banks DIH Sports Club, Thirst Park and yesterday morning, administrators of the school received a timely donation from Bish Panday’s Insurance Brokers to offset the cost of uniforms. Physical Education teacher, Roy Profitt, visited P&P Insurance, King Street Georgetown, where he collected the requisite cheque from a member of staff, Ms Sandra Innis.
Mr. Profitt expressed gratitude to his benefactor while assuring that the donation would go a far way in offsetting their expenses. Ms Innis said that her company is always delighted to assist the youngsters of the various sports disciplines in their quest to realize their potential. CEO of the firm, Bish Panday said that his firm places a premium on the development of young people and since sports is the most singular vocation to foster such development, he readily agreed to help.
Mr. Profit said that the students are also in need of football boots and the cost is somewhat prohibitive for the administrators. He is appealing to members of the business community to assist so that the children may receive an opportunity to develop.
The school is now preparing for the athletics season which starts off with the Inter House Athletic Championships this Thursday at the Banks DIH Thirst Park and Mr. Profitt said that he would be grateful for added corporate assistance for trophies, medals and other gifts for the children. “We are not seeking expensive prizes; just a token to encourage the children and give them the impetus to pursue their dreams,” said Mr. Profitt. He is adamant that much untapped talent could be discovered and consequently developed if the youngsters receive the necessary support.
Headmistress of the school, Sandra Innis, admits that efforts to acquire adequate funding to offset sports activities are tedious, but nevertheless her administrators have done commendably in this department. She expressed the hope that the situation would improve over time since sports has indeed served as the catalyst to the children’s development.
Meanwhile, administrators are eyeing an expansive area to the southern end of the school to convert into a cricket and football venue. The plot of land is in a bushy state and Mr. Profitt said that they are trying to secure the services of the corporate community to have it cleared. The Physical Education teacher said that despite the limited resources, the students have turned in exemplary performances in the sports department and have distinguished themselves after carting off the spoils in the South Georgetown Zone of the Inter Schools’ Athletic championships for three successive years. Students of the school have also gone on to excel at the National School Championships and their teacher proudly stated that four of them qualified for the finals last year.
The students can also enjoy a good game of basketball on a court with the requisite equipment in the compound. However, the backboards were made of inferior material and following constant banging of the ball has been shattered and in need of repair. Otherwise, the children engage in jump rope exercises and Sir Profitt related that the school has earlier benefitted from a donation of football gear from Scotia Bank. He also said that the school has excelled in an earlier edition of the Scotia Bank Kiddies football competition, finishing among the top ten places.
Assessing the general performance of the students, Mr. Profitt feels that their efforts should be lauded especially when the minimal level of support is taken into consideration. “This in not for the want of trying,” he said while explaining that the school administration has unsuccessfully solicited support from many business firms. “It is a tough job devoid of the requisite financial support but the school administration remains optimistic that the situation will change for the better,” he philosophized.
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