Construction on the Goodwood Recreation Ground pavilion is set to begin following Thursday’s (August 26th) sod-turning ceremony to mark the start of the project. The pavilion will bring a number of benefits to the Goodwood community by supporting sport and youth development, the wellness of residents, and community togetherness.
This is just the latest of a number of community grounds—including Idlewild, Moriah, Hope, Jubilee Park, Patience Hill, and Bloody Bay —where the Division of Sport and Youth Affairs has enhanced the community facilities to the benefit and the development of Tobago residents.
Wilford Des Vignes, PRO of the Goodwood Village Council, said the community is thankful for the investment. “Goodwood is a sporting community; we have produced athletes that have gone on to represent (Trinidad and Tobago) at the Carifta Games. This pavilion is significant to all of us.”
“As a community, we know the value of sport as a unifying force. We look forward to the revitalisation of our district league. We see the economic value; our small business persons can ply their trade in a peaceful environment.”
Secretary of Sport and Youth Affairs, Assemblyman Tracy Davidson-Celestine, said construction of the pavilion is not just about providing facilities for the community.
“Sport is critical to life at any level,” Davidson-Celestine said, “and we want comfortable and safe spaces for the families, fans, the supporters to cheer their people into action. This facility will benefit all upcoming athletes, enthusiasts, all of the different fans and even those on their own individual fitness journey.”
The Sport Secretary said the Division is committed to supporting communities and providing facilities that foster the development of residents, whether they are developing or elite athletes, or simply seeking to stay active and healthy.
“At the Tobago House of Assembly, we are about creating opportunities, creating an environment where our athletes can grow holistically, with no temptations to bow to limitations,” Davidson-Celestine added.
The pavilion is expected to be completed by April 2022 at an investment of $7m. It will include washrooms for teams and differently-abled persons, official locker rooms, public washrooms, concession areas and meeting rooms.
The sod-turning ceremony was attended by Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Ancil K. Dennis and sport stakeholders, including Kerwin John (president, Tobago Cricket Association) and Everton Alfred (president, Tobago Football Association).