Track stars Machel Cedenio and Sparkle McKnight, Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) club Bethel United, the Memphis Sports Club, and WI Sport were among 13 athletes and sporting organisations who received funding from the Ministry of Sport and Community Development (MSCD), at its head office in Nicholas Tower, Independence Square, Port of Spain on Monday.
In total, Minister of Sport and Community Development Shamfa Cudjoe distributed TT$794,936, according to a press release from the MSCD.
Cudjoe urged the recipients to ‘use this time wisely for planning, capacity building, and training’ and to take advantage of strategic planning and operations workshops provided by the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT) from 11 February to 4 March.
The workshops are designed to ‘provide NGBs and NGOs with the tools needed for the long term development of their athletes and the management of the business of sport’.
Five from the 13 recipients received funding as part of the Elite Athletes Assistance Programme (EAAP). Those elite athletes were: Andwuelle Wright, Machel Cedenio, Kyle Greaux, Sparkle McKnight, and Jerod Elcock.
The other eight organisations benefited from grant funding ‘in support of their programmes and activities geared at fostering sport development, facilitating athletic performance, and engendering community spirit’.
Those recipients were: Alejandro John, Rhodney Allen, Memphis Sports Club, Forbes Football Visionary Concepts, Hills United, Bethel United, Mt St George Police Youth Club, and WI Sport.
The MSCD release states that the ministry ‘remains committed to supporting our nation’s athletes and maximising the full potential of sports towards developing our people, empowering our communities, and building our country’.