Jollimore, Sharon M. (1996) The development of a programming plan for the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex: an internship placement with the Commonwealth Sport Development Program, Barbados, West Indies. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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In October 1990, sod was broken at the Wildey Complex, to commemorate the start of construction on the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, a 4000 seat indoor multipurpose sporting facility. The Complex which was built through funds received from a loan agreement between the Government of Barbados and the Peoples Republic of China, commenced operation in November 1992. -- Since its inception the Complex; originally deemed a sporting facility, has been used predominately for cultural and special events. For numerous reasons, sporting groups throughout Barbados have been unable to obtain use of the sporting facility to operate their programs and activities. In addition, there is an underlying opinion within the Ministry of Sport and the Management and Staff of the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex that the facility is extremely underutilized and in need of a distinct programming plan. -- The following report is the result of a four month internship placement at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. The scope of the placement involved three fundamental tasks. Initially, an examination of the factors contributing to the construction of the facility and the current state of programs, activities, and special events, was conducted. Upon examination of the current state, a desirable future, detailing proposed programs and activities for increasing the overall use of the facility was developed. Two major objectives upon which the proposed programs were based involved; developing youth sport, and promoting Barbados as a primary tourist attraction for sports. Additional factors that played a significant role when developing the proposed plan were: increasing the overall use and revenue earning potential of the facility, attracting a large user population, and finally, the need to instill and promote the benefits of sport and physical activity to the people of Barbados. -- The final component of the report, involved a series of recommendations and action statements aimed at bridging the gap between the existing state and the desirable future. It was recommended that a complete revision of the current organizational structure of the gymnasium take place, including the establishment of a Board of Management to oversee the daily operation of the facility. Other recommendations involved a revision of the current rental fees, improved access for sporting groups, training for Management and Supervisors, cooperation and support between the bodies responsible for sport, and promotion of the values and benefits of sport.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Additional Information:||Bibliography: leaf 78.|
|Department(s):||Human Kinetics and Recreation, School of > Physical Education|
|Library of Congress Subject Heading:||Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex; Sports facilities--Barbados; Sports administration--Barbados|
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