Minister of Sport and Senator Brent Sancho made an early morning visit yesterday to the Mt D’Or Recreation Ground to meet with community representatives to discuss their immediate needs and plans for the space.

Sancho was accompanied by his Cabinet colleagues Surujrattan Rambachan, Minister of Works and Infrastructure and Christine Newallo, Minister of the People and Social Development.

According to Sancho, the tight-knit community’s recreational options are severely limited but he pledged to provide the necessary upgrade to the facility, which will have significant input from the Ministry of Works.

Among the short-term solutions identified were temporary bleachers to provide additional seating for the spectators from the community who rightly support their team in competitive games.

With support from the Ministry of Social Development in identifying the needs of sport organisations in the community, the Ministry of Sport will also provide football equipment such as goal posts to improve the standards of the competitive game. Sancho expressed hope that the infrastructure would be in place in time for upcoming football tournaments in the community.

He also noted the importance of grassroots sport and its contribution to national representation, and highlighted the community of Mt D’Or as one that can also boast of nurturing many young persons who developed into national athletes, proudly representing the red, white and black.

On Saturday, Sancho made an unexpected stop at the Beetham Gardens after noticing youths playing football on a small field while driving by.

The former Soca Warriors defender showed he has not lost his touch though, displaying his “keep-up” skills with the aspiring footballers.