Involvement in sports is critical to the socio-economic development of a country. In photo Avenues United players at a training session (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 – Leading national sporting organisations have decided to collaborate in an initiative to combat the social ill of crime, and its attendant negatives.

The initiative organised by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association Inc., will see participation by other sporting and youth organizations for a Walk in Solidarity against the involvement of young Vincentians in criminal activities.

The Walk has received the full endorsement of Director of Sports – Nelson Hillocks, President of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Olympic Committee – Trevor Bailey, President of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tennis Association – Bryan Nash, and president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation – Marvin Fraser.

CARICOM Youth Ambassador, Andre Browne has echoed the support of his committee, and pledged to be a participant of this purposeful activity on Friday.

Dr. Kishore Shallow – President of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association Inc. speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Regional Under-19 cricket tournament (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

According to a statement released by the SVGCA, “Recently, teenagers and young men, in particular, have been identified with a spate of violence taken place in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. There have been varying sentiments about the actual crime situation in the country, with voices echoing alarm, while others opining a state of peace and security.

“Sports have always been seen as a great alternative to combat crime, a message that the coordinators of this Walk wish to reiterate and is ultimately the purpose of this activity.”

According to Dr. Kishore Shallow, the president of the SVGCA, “This walk is not only to declare a zero tolerance for violence, but to fervently remind our young men and women of the countless opportunities awaiting them through sports, which remain a very viable option as opposed to a life of crime.”

The purpose of the Walk is to remind our young people of the opportunities that exist in sports. Sports Officer and SVGCA committee member Dyke Cato is of the opinion that the Walk provides the platform to have a fit discussion on the gateway that sports offer.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation president Marvin Fraser (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

“One has not truly exhausted the options of employment until attempting a sport or exploring the sports industry, be it as an athlete, an administrator or other roles, such is the reality of what sports offer today,” Cato pointed out.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation president Fraser said that, “the SVGFF is cognizant of the rise in criminal activities among the youths of our society and so we are delighted to be partners in this initiative of sports against crime.”

The walk takes place this Friday September 14th 2018, from 4:30 pm from Diamond, the starting point next to Vouge Restaurant, and ends at the Arnos Vale Sporting Complex.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Director of Sports Nelson Hillocks (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation in a statement said that “All Affiliates to join us in this march, as we come together as one with the other Sporting Associations and Organisations of St. Vincent and the Grenadines promoting peace across the nation.

“The SVGFF will be represented at the peace march by members of all national teams, coaching staff, members of the executive along with staff members. We will like all our affiliates to know that the SVGFF joins this march not to protest against any institution or establishment, political or non-political; but to make it known to all our fellow Vincentians that we at the SVG Football Federation, is sending a strong and clear message of unity within the nation, calling for peace and togetherness.”