Monday 17 July 2023, Balmain, Couva
Under brilliant sunshine on Saturday (15th July 2023), the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SporTT) presented the revitalised Marac Recreation Ground, equipped with top-notch amenities for sports and recreation.
Minister of Trade and Industry, the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, delivered the feature address on behalf of Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Sport and Community Development and underscored Government’s continued efforts to provide modern, accessible spaces for sport and physical activity. She encouraged the people of Marac and the wider Moruga community to use the upgraded facility to enhance their wellbeing by getting outdoors and getting active.
“Sport and recreation promote mental health and well-being,” Minister Gopee-Scoon said, “and also improves your overall mood, so it’s very important that we all get involved in activity. This ground will undoubtedly be a place for such activity in Marac.”
The Minister praised SporTT for its work in upgrading several facilities, including the Moruga Sport & Youth Multipurpose Facility, and recreation grounds in Bourg Mulatresse, Aranguez and Grand Riviere. The latter is expected to be handed over to the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation soon.
Minister Gopee-Scoon also helped present cricket and football equipment (a donation by SporTT) to sporting clubs and athletes from the community. Among the recipients were Cephas Cooper, Jordan Julien, Anderson Peters, Trench Town Cricket Club, Moruga Football Club and Mascall Football Academy.
Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation Gowrie Roopnarine expressed his thanks to SporTT for its oversight of the works and promised to do all in his power to ensure the facility is utilised for the benefit of the developing community of Marac.
The ground now features a new pavilion, washroom block, upgraded basketball court, jogging track and cricket practice nets. In the coming weeks, this facility will be formally handed over to the Princes Town Regional Corporation for its management and maintenance.
It’s all aimed at ensuring our communities have every opportunity to facilitate sporting and social development, and to promote the physical well-being of residents.