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Charting A Way in Sports Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 December 2012 00:00

Andre Collins, Herman Longsworth, Mark MungalCurrently in Belize are two consultants, Mark Mungal and Andre Collins, both directors of the Caribbean Sport and Development Agency (CSDA). They are in country after they bid to be the consulting agency, which will chart a way for sports in Belize. CSDA is tasked at coming up with a strategic plan, which will guide sports in Belize. The project is funded by UNICEF to the tune of $25,000. 


According to Mungal, the process will including holding discussions with stakeholders in sports including the board of the National Sports Council, the Minister of Sports, and other active participants, who are either interested or are involved in sports in one way or the other. This process is expected to commence in January 2013 and will start by looking at addressing gaps that exist in the Sport Act. Mungal cites the fact that one of those gaps is that the Sports Act does not allow or makes it difficult to facilitate the implementation of a strategic plan. There are also other gaps in the sports and physical education policy.

The intention, says Mungal, is to have the greatest participation in the consultation process with all stakeholders and groups who are active contributors to sports in Belize. And at the completion of the exercise, Mungal says the strategic plan should be a living document which will be able to adjust to changing times. He mentioned that there have been two strategic plan documents, which have been prepared in 2007 and 2011 but have not been implemented. The new one he says will be one that will begin to be implemented as the process is taking place. When areas that can be addressed are identified and can be implemented without the need for change of legislation, it will be done.

He concluded stating that the areas to be worked on will be dependent on an environmental scan which will deem areas which need to be looked at. The exercise he says, will be purpose driven.