David Thompson tournament escapes chopping block
The David Thompson Memorial Constituency Councils Football Classic will continue for another year despite the financial problems facing Government.
Minister of Constituency Empowerment and Community Development Steve Blackett said money has been secured for the tournament that was previously in jeopardy due to a decline in funding.
He made the announcement this evening at the biannual town hall meeting of the St Michael South Constituency Council held at Graydon Sealy Secondary School.
In making a case for the continuation of the tournament, the minister said it has helped to “rejuvenate and reunite” communities across Barbados.
“The councils have been affected in some ways, of course, by the lack of financing in some regards….some of the financing has been dedicated to the David Thompson Constituency Council Football Tournament but I want to announce that we have found a way in the next financial year to finance and fund this tournament and of course leave most of the funding with you (constituency councils) so you can pursue your individual projects in your communities,” he told the meeting.
The council reported that it spent just over $40,000 on the tournament between April 2011 and December 2013.
Minister Blackett said the National Senior Games, to be held over two days, would also be repositioned and would now be planned and executed by the Department of Constituency Empowerment.
He said Cabinet has given the nod for the games to be recognised as a national event.
On the performance of the councils, the minister said there have been some challenges as a result of the failure to establish protocols with other ministries and departments.
He also disclosed that amendments would also be made to the Constituency Councils Act to improve the administration of the bodies.