A basketball court renewed on Faber’s Road extension Print E-mail
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Written by By Jem Smtih   
Friday, 07 April 2017 00:00

fabers rd basketball.jpg - 32.03 KbMonday, April 3, marked the opening of the newly renovated basketball court in the Faber’s road extension area. Present were the Hon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture Hon. Patrick Faber, ACP Chester Williams, Director of The National Sports Council Charlie Slusher, along with a host of community police officers, and community residents.

The occasion was described as a historic effort to promote safety and suitability to the residents of the community (Collet) and surrounding areas, such as Port Loyola. The role of the court’s renovation is to reach out to children and youth as a social environment made with them in mind. 

ACP Williams offered his gratitude to the minister and Slusher for making the renovation possible and successful. The business community as well as private residents were also held in esteem in seeing the start and completion of the project. Addressing the gathering, Williams expressed that crime is not only combatted through aggressive policing and imprisonment, but very importantly through social community initiatives. Sporting and other facilities may be looked on as outlets to rear more productive behavior among youth, especially if the police are given the chance to be actively involved. Community socializing tends to eliminate potential issues while bridging a gap between the police and the community. To be proactive rather than reactive seemed to be Williams’ aim. He ended by saying that Faber is a “true minister of youth and sports” for encouraging the effort and working alongside the police.

The minister, and Collett Area Representative, who also gave his remarks, reinforced the need for socializing between the police and the community rather than rash action. He considered the action of the police force as “proactive” and “preemptive” in making Collet, “one of the more peaceful southside areas”, a focal point. Representatives from various sporting facilities, such as the National Sports Council of Belize, and the police community were thanked. He explained that while this is one of the first times that he’s taking up his portfolio personally, he is pleased that it is in this fashion- bringing together members of his constituency as well as the police.

The minister went on to explain that the construction of the Grace Primary School extension project was near completion and that the newly revamped court sits on their property. He hopes that because of the proximity of the two entities that the two may work together and that the school may use the court as a part of its sport program. He added that on May 3rd, the groundbreaking of the football field should take place. The field sits across from the school and he wishes that the project will be as successful. That space, which he hopes to name after his deceased brother Andrew, should be completed by November of this year. The estimated cost is set at $175,000.

Faber expressed his appreciation of Williams and the Community police and emphasized that it was Williams that presented the idea. Their involvment made the project successful, especially as it goes in reaffirming Williams’ determination to integrate more contemporary and effective styles of policing. He encouraged the community to engage with the police community as well as the business community as well as to take good care of the court.

Protocol was established with the symbolic cutting of the ribbon to officially inaugurate the court. Faber and Williams, along with Faber’s sons, conducted the cutting as well as the first shots in the basketball net.

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