Legacy must mean making our fields available
During the reconstruction of the Arnos Vale Sports Complex and the refurbishing of Sion Hill and Stubbs Playing Fields, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) continually utilised the word, legacy, as something of a new phenomena. While to some it may have been the first time that they were hearing the word used in the context of the construction of sports facilities, neither the word nor the concept is new. It is, however, rather difficult to understand the legacy concept applied by the LOC while the preparatory exercise was taking place since it was never really clear. The document that was apparently put out by the LOC did little to aid in our genuine understanding of what was being undertaken by that very organisation to guarantee a legacy for the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Not surprisingly therefore the utilisation of the word, legacy, in association with the facilities that were upgraded or re-done for the CWC2007 warm up matches in St Vincent and the Grenadines has suddenly fallen out of use. It is as though it is no longer fashionable to speak of legacy in this regard.
Legacy is about ensuring that as many long-term benefits are generated for the host city, region or nation well before, during and long after the event.
The foregoing are the words of Peter Mann, head of the company, PMP Legacy, an organisation that works with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
According to Mann, The idea that legacy simply leaves long-term benefits is outmoded and has been disproved many times.
Mann hastens to point out, however, The fact is that legacy actually creates long-term benefits if the issues are approached correctly and positively.