GROS-ISLET, SAINT LUCIA – The Gros Islet Secondary School is on track to experience a period of historic opportunities as the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development prepares to unfold a bold plan to transform the school into a Centre of Excellence for sports.

The Gros-Islet Secondary School is the second school on island chosen to be transformed as a Centre of Excellence. Earlier in the year, the Ministry announced that the Anse Ger Secondary School would be transformed into a Centre of Excellence for the Creative Arts and Culture.

Ministry officials are confident that such a transformation will enable a paradigmatic shift, so that students will be encouraged to pursue, in the case of the Gros Islet Secondary School, a sporting career alongside academic, technical, or vocational studies.

In addition, promoting sporting activities will assist national efforts in addressing the high incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on the island, officials say. Therefore, the proposed centre will assist in promoting overall good health, positive lifestyles and a higher level of fitness and wellness among the Saint Lucian population.

Officials believe that transforming the Gros-Islet Secondary School into a Centre of Excellence for Sports will significantly boost national development by unleashing the social and economic potential of Saint Lucian nationals. The transformation is also expected to market the Gros-Islet Secondary School as a popular school of choice for students who love sports.

Stakeholders will be granted the opportunity to exchange ideas—including best practices, make recommendations, and deliberate on the way forward for creating a Centre of Excellence for Sports in Saint Lucia, during a site visit of the Gros-Islet Secondary on June 23. The site visit is expected to be followed by a consultation of stakeholders on the school grounds.

The Ministry intends, through exercises of this nature, to create a Centre of Excellence that will develop the island’s sporting potential while promoting employment opportunities through facilitating the pursuit of professional sporting careers.