Country’s national sports policy ready
The country’s four-year national sports policy 2013-2017 is ready and has been presented to representatives of sports federations and associations.
Social Affairs, Community Development and Sports Minister Vincent Meriton presented the document to the delegates and said that everyone should take ownership of the policy, adding that it will help guide the sports strategic plan 2013-2017 and beyond by ensuring that the aspirations, needs and perspectives of our sports community are taken into consideration.
Community development and sports principal secretary Denis Rose, National Sports Council (NSC) chairman Jean Larue and NSC chief executive Alain Volcère were also present.
In the policy’s foreword, the minister writes: “It (the policy) recognises that today’s generation of athletes and support personnel face new and unique challenges brought about by the rapidly changing technology, change of lifestyle, financing and the environmental changes.”
The minister notes that because sports remain a vector in the promotion of social cohesion and stability, this policy reaffirms the commitment shared by all to ensure that our children and young athletes continue to develop confidence, resilience and skills they need at all levels of the sports development continuum.
He also thanked all athletes, the Seychelles Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, sports federations and associations, sports officers, parents, sponsors and the Seychellois community for their valuable contributions towards the realisation of the national sports policy.
The policy’s vision is to have by 2017 a more active, cohesive and healthier Seychelles for the social well-being of its citizens; and a sustainable sporting environment which enhances international relations, national and international success, economic benefits and a bolstered sense of national identity and pride.
Some of the objectives of this policy are: ensure that quality education and school sports are further enhanced in all educational and sports institutions; provide an enabling environment that will motivate all Seychellois to become more active participants, and foster the development of healthy, active lifestyles and a culture of lifelong participation at all levels and across the sports spectrum; ensure gender balance with particular emphasis on girls and women in sports; create and facilitate career development opportunities in emerging fields and specialisation in sports; maximise the social benefit and economic potential of sports as an emerging industry and increase its contribution to the country’s development; develop and strengthen international cooperation and exchange between Seychelles and other national and international institutions; and provide competency-based education and training opportunities for a strong technical and human resource base.
The policy contains five statements – participation (physical education and school sports; sports for all; women and sports; leisure and recreation; and federations and associations), competitive sports (national competitions; sports clubs, federations and associations; coaches development), high level sports performance (talent identification and development; excellence pathways; long term athletes development programme; sports academy; science and medical support services; international competitions), sports development (sports federations; secretariat for federations; prioritising sports, volunteers; facilities, incentives and rewards; sports information centre; recording and archiving; ethical environment; use of prohibited substances and methods), and capacity building and service delivery (sports organisations support; financial resources; human resources development; international relations; marketing and media and information).