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Thursday, 11 March 2010 00:00

At the beginning of the current school year, the Ministry of Sports through the National Sports Council implemented a new program called P.E. in Schools. The program seeks to instill proper training in sports to students at the primary school level during the physical education (P.E.) sessions at the primary schools. It has started off in Belize City as a pilot project with the hope of it being extended into other districts. The program is being run by the National Sports Council through their coordinators who have the skills and ability to properly instruct children in various sporting disciplines.  

On Thursday March 4, like on any other Thursday since the start of the school year, the Guardian caught up with veteran football player Charlie Slusher who is now the National Sports Coordinator at the Sports Council. He was at All Saints primary school in Belize City at 1p.m conducting his football

session. That session ran for an hour. Every week, he along with the three other coordinators in the Sports Council holds at least ten one-hour sessions at various primary schools in Belize City. Like in every other P.E. session he runs at other primary schools, Slusher instills the basics in the sport of football; from ball handling to the rules of the game.

Currently there are 13 Primary schools that form part of the program and Slusher says that the efforts are part of a coordinated approach by the Ministry of Sports to not only introduce sports as part of the curriculum in the primary schools, but to do so in a professional capacity. Through the program the three coordinators along with Slusher himself teach the fundamentals of five sporting disciplines including football, basketball, softball, volleyball and track and field.

As the National Sports Coordinator, Slusher says that the mandate of the Ministry to the Sports Council is to properly instruct students on the various disciplines in an organized and proper manner. The move to introduce training at the primary school level is in tandem with the National Sports Programs that the sports council manages on a yearly basis. It is the hope that with proper instruction in the fundamentals of the various sporting disciplines, there will be improvement in the overall performance of student athletes when they compete in tournaments. 
It's a bold move by the ministry and one which has never been done before in the country and Slusher an athlete in his own right, says it’s a focus that should not only be commended but also supported in order to improve the skills of our young people.