Sport

CHASE, TEF, Digicel join forces

... will construct multi-purpose building for Treasure Beach Sports Tourism Park

Wednesday, July 16, 2014    

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THE Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education Fund (CHASE) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in partnership with the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), BREDS Treasure Beach Foundation, and the Digicel Foundation for the construction of a multi-purpose building as part of the Treasure Beach Sports Complex owned and operated by BREDS.

The signing, which took place at the TEF office in Kingston, will see a total cost of $38 million being pumped into the project which, when completed, will house facilities for meetings, conferences and other events, a catering facility, changing rooms and an emergency medical room.

The building will enhance the 19-acre facility, already outfitted with a football field, cricket field, tennis court, basketball court and a pavilion.

CHASE's contribution of $7.5 million, under its health sector portfolio, will establish the emergency medical room to facilitate the promotion of healthy lifestyles of the residents of the community.

In expressing his delight at being a part of the initiative, W 'Billy' Heaven, chief executive officer of CHASE, said that the creation of partnerships has always been the strategy of the Fund.

"The collaboration to construct this multi-purpose complex is another significant move which demonstrates how public and private sector partnerships can work together both at the national and community level," Heaven added.

Clyde Harrison, executive director, TEF, major donors of the project, said that apart from being an idea which will enhance sports tourism, the project was meant to be inclusive of the community and one which is sustainable so that the achievements would be significant.

BREDS Treasure Beach Foundation Chairman Jason Henzel lauded the late minister of housing and environment, Danny Buchanan, and late former director of tourism Desmond Henry for being visionaries. Henry for pioneering community tourism and Buchanan for purchasing the land under his leadership so that BREDS could begin realising the dream of a sports complex becoming a tourism destination.

The complex will be named the Danny Buchanan Sports Tourism Centre, while the emergency medical complex will be named The CHASE Fund Emergency Medical Room.

CHASE will be responsible for managing the implementation of the project.

Over its 10-year existence, CHASE has completed over 2,500 successful projects - many under-budget and within the time frame allotted. Under its health sector portfolio, the Fund has approved funding totalling some $2.2 billion for projects in Jamaica's health sector, focusing on the areas of healthy lifestyle, equipping and upgrading health facilities, research and training health-care practitioners.

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