Our Agricultural Playpen – the Grammar School Playing Field

The nation’s schools were on a very long vacation during much of July and all of August this year. Any date during that period would have been better suited for use of the facility if the government insists that it must use the field for the Exhibition. Unfortunately that period seemed unsuited to the intent of the organisers and the government.
What we have witnessed is the utilisation of the period when the facility is in highest demand by the sporting fraternity in St Vincent and the Grenadines to transform the Grammar School Playing Field into a National Exhibition Centre, or is it, Village?.
The period September to December is usually reserved for the conduct of the football competitions amongst the primary schools, the secondary and more recently the tertiary institutions. For these competitions the Grammar School Playing Field is in great demand. Its central location facilitates the conduct of games involving the team travelling from Bequia. The do not have to travel too far from Port Kingstown.
The unavailability of the Victoria Park for much of the schools’ football competition places even greater need for use of the Grammar School facility. But who cares? No one it seems. At least not enough to impact the decision-making process.
Given that the period is also the time when national football is played and different leagues are in operation teams involved in the various competitions use the facility to conduct training sessions.
Many track and field coaches compete for use of the facility to conduct their conditioning work with athletes.
The surrounding educational institutions also use this period to conduct their internal Inter House and Inter Form football competitions.
One would have thought that good sense would have prevailed and another time of the year selected.
Clearly that is not important enough to stay the hands of the decision makers relative to the use of the Grammar School Playing Field as the home of the Agricultural. Exhibition.