BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The Ministry of Sports in St. Kitts is developing its sport related resources as it advances plans to create a Federal Sports Policy and Strategic Implementation Plan.
The framework for the policy document will be based on three pillars that currently guide the activities and programmes of the Department of Sports: “Sport for All, Sport for Development and Sport for Excellence.”
The strategic path to achieving those goals in St. Kitts and in Nevis will be formally outlined in the policy that will provide structure to the efforts of public, private, community, and not-for-profit agencies.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports Stanley Knight says both he and his officers are looking forward to the process of drafting, and eventually establishing a policy as it is a “huge, exciting” prospect.
He also noted that The “Sport for All” pillar was highlighted to demonstrate how the implementation is likely to be carried out under the draft policy following public consultations and tabling in the federal parliament.
Knight also added that “’Sport for All’ now means that there will be a clear mandate for the ministry to ensure the delivery of sports for people of all ages and abilities to include facilities which will cater to even those with physical limitations and the disabled.
Director of the Department of Sports Anthony Wiltshire added that the policy will also now clearly define goals and objectives in relationships with partners, national sport associations and similar institutions in relation to professional conduct, the use of facilities and other activities which are now all primarily based on tradition and professional courtesy.
A participation grant has been submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeking its assistance in the drafting process for the policy. UNESCO played an integral role in the process to establish the first-ever Federal Youth Policy 2017-2022 for St. Kitts and Nevis.