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National Sports Policy to be updated

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Changes in the national sports policy are expected to be introduced by the government in the coming months.

Word of the amended policy came via the Speech From the Throne delivered by Governor John Rankin in the House of Assembly recently.

The government said the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports will update the National Sports Policy which was established nearly a decade ago under the then-National Democratic Party (NDP) administration in 2014. 

It said this update will align with ensuring the territory meets the emerging needs of sports development in the Virgin Islands and supporting athletes. 

As part of those measures, government said the Ministry will also work with the Recreation Trust to modernise the procedures and facilitate standards to meet international requirements at local recreational facilities.

Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley was challenged last year over his government’s position on sports in the territory and he indicated back then that his government had placed a priority on sports.

Dr Wheatley explained at the time that the policy was being reviewed and updated and said this is something which is supposed to take place regularly.


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  1. free the people says:

    Residents need to use the recreation grounds free daily for exercise with at least 1 light on at nights

  2. AO Shirley says:

    Watching the youth athletics at AO Shirley is sheer joy which the government needs to support free of charge to youth, kids working hard rather than roaming the street. Whilst very early morning (open from 5.00am) is a great time for residents the reality is the track is overcrowded in the evening. The QE2 park needs to be put back to use so residents can walk or jog a 400m loop for health (and also cater to strollers, wheelchairs, kids learning to ride etc).

  3. Swimmer says:

    How about building a lighted outdoor 50 meter long 25 meter wide swimming pool in Road Town so all the kids and adults in the BVI can learn how to swim.

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