The development of the Drax Hall Sports Complex in St Ann is one step closer to reality following the establishment of a committee to oversee the project.
Sports Minister Olivia Grange made the announcement on Thursday, following a meeting with the Member of Parliament for North East St Ann, Shahine Robinson; Mayor of St Ann’s Bay, Michael Belnavis; President, St Ann Football Association, Danny Beckford; representatives of the Mount Pleasant Football Academy and other key stakeholders to discuss plans for the complex.
Once completed, Drax Hall will boast a state-of-the-art facility. The proposed development includes two football fields, a multipurpose court, swimming pool and a number of other facilities to accommodate other sporting disciplines.
“We have initiated a programme of sports infrastructure development and Drax Hall was one of those facilities identified as one of the Jamaica 55 Legacy Projects. We have set up a committee to see to the execution of the development of the facility,” Minister Grange said.
The Drax Hall Sports Complex is now being used by the Mount Pleasant Football Academy for training and for home matches in the Premier League.
Minister Grange said the committee will review the design in light of works already done at the facility by the Mount Pleasant Football Academy.
“This is going to be a perfect example of private/public partnership,” she added.
The committee will include representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Sport Development Foundation, Independence Park Limited, the St Ann Municipal Corporation, the St Ann Football Association and the Mount Pleasant Football Academy.
“This is really a broad-based group coming together in the interest of the development of football in this parish – working together to ensure that we have a first class multi-purpose sporting facility in St Ann,” Grange said.
The Sports Minister said the committee has been given one year to execute the development at Drax Hall.
By: Claude Mills