GC Foster enhancing sports at correctional facility

Saturday, November 10, 2012

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GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport as part of an initiative to strengthen community spirit through organised activities held a seminar Thursday for staff of the Rio Cobre Correctional Centre in St Catherine.

Jamaica's head track and field coach Maurice Wilson, and football specialist Glenston Hutchinson, both lecturers at GC Foster, provided supplementary and complimentary courses to Rio Cobre members "to encourage further development of sport in general".

Both seminar presenters had with them current GC Foster student-athletes in track & field and football to share first-hand learning experience of their respective sports.

While GC Foster is mandated to primarily educate teachers of physical education, the region's only English-speaking, sports-teaching tertiary institution has taken on a different role.

Assistant superintendent of Rio Cobre Correctional Centre Karen Elliott chaired the seminar.

Wilson, explaining the excellent performances of Jamaican athletes on the international stage, pointed to sport development at the grassroots level with information presented simply.

Hutchinson, meanwhile, highlighted the basics of football and how the rules had evolved.

Staff members of the correctional centre expressed their excitement about the presentations and hoped that they were the beginning of "greater things to come".

Assistant superintendent Elliott was looking forward to further collaboration between the centre and the college which she said "would help develop and sustain sports among youths and Jamaica in general".

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