This may well impact the tardiness seemingly evident in the organisation coming on board. One can only hope that the organisation addresses the concerns at the earliest opportunity and join the rest of the sporting organisations in their quest to broaden involvement in sport in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The concept of organising coaching caravans is not new to St Vincent and the Grenadines or to any of the sporting associations involved in the NOCs Grassroots Talent Identification Programme. What is new however is the fact that the NOC is deliberately seeking to engage several sporting disciplines at the same time determined to create a national sports culture and establish sport as a vehicle for community development in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Programme offers each of the sports involved a rather unique opportunity to work collaboratively in the interest of developing sport throughout the nation. The regular meetings of the Technical Directors could facilitate the emergence of a national approach to technical matters relating to sport development well beyond the narrow confines of the respective disciplines involved.
Getting athletes enthused about participation in sport is critical to the maintenance of sport in its rightful place in national development in the broadest sense. Gradually the NOC would be able to facilitate the development of strong teams for the sport development process that includes personnel in such critical areas as sports nutrition, sports psychology and communications to ensure the enhancement of the whole person.
St Vincent and the Grenadines is blessed with immense potential for sport among the population. The NOC has begun the process of facilitating the sport development process as community development. This is just touching the surface. Much more however needs to be done.