ISSA promises more sports next month
ISSA President Keith Wellington says more secondary school sports will return next month.
Approvals are still being processed, but Wellington said plans are well advanced.
"We are planning to basically resume all other team sports for this term," Wellington told STAR Sports. We have netball, basketball and cricket scheduled for February.
"We haven't had final approval on them as yet but we expect to. We are in advanced discussions on them. So we expect that we will have final approval in the next three weeks or so."
Wellington also plays for other sporting disciplines before the end of the school year.
"There are also plans to get others going," he said. "Swimming was done. We did swimming last week.
"We are looking to start other football (under-14 and under-16), volleyball, female football. There are still concerns about athletes not being associated with competitions, so we are not going to see the numbers we usually see pre-COVID, but at least we get close to our aim."
Wellington says ISSA will bear the financial burden of supporting these competitions but says it is a sacrifice they must make to ensure the complete development of the students.
"We are hoping that things will improve and we will get the chance to provide an opportunity for the kids because the more they are not involved in sports, the greater they decline in their development and we want to ensure that we do not delay their development," he said.
St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) cricket coach Clive Ledgister commends ISSA's efforts.
"It is a joy to me," Ledgister said. "The youngsters, for the last two years, have been stressing and wondering when we will return and they have been suffering.
"So to see ISSA making the effort for us to come back is a great feeling for me and the boys."
Excelsior High School football coach Xavier Gilbert shares those sentiments.
"It means a lot to the development of the sport and the student-athlete," Gilbert said. "We welcome it and we must commend the organisers for making the effort to resume sports."