Jamaica to revise national sports policy

By October 29, 2018
Olivia Grange and Oliver Dudield at Monday's forum at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston. Olivia Grange and Oliver Dudield at Monday's forum at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston.

Jamaica’s Sports Minister Olivia Grange revealed on Monday that her ministry is working with the Commonwealth Secretariat to develop a programme to measure the contribution of sport to Jamaica’s development.

The minister was speaking at a Stakeholder’s Forum organised by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel at which she introduced Oliver Dudfield, Head of Sports Development and Peace at the Commonwealth Secretariat, the man who will lead the revision of Jamaica’s National Sports Policy.

“There is enough talk about how important sport is for career advancement, crime reduction, unified communities, wealth creation, behaviour modification and healthy lifestyle but not enough data to measure its impact,” the minister told the gathering.

The National Sports Policy was designed to foster greater participation in sport, promote intellectual and physical health as well as enhance social and economic well-being.

Create a healthier and more productive labour force and stimulate greater avenues for economic development while fostering a society of social cohesion by building bridges of friendship at all levels of the Jamaican society, is also among its primary objectives.

The review will focus on sport and non-sport objectives of the policy towards national development.

“Sport helps us to achieve local and national objectives – but to what extent? We have to seriously look at how we measure the value of sport in bringing about the non- sport outcomes we seek. How do we measure the linkages and connections both qualitatively and quantitatively?” she said.

“Without the evidenced-based information we will continue to be shortchanged and the requisite investments and recognition of the centrality of sport will continue to be underestimated to our detriment as a nation.”

The forum is the first in a series of consultations, training workshops and planning meetings to revisit the National Sports Policy, which is in its fifth year.

 

 

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