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T&TEC leaves Everglads Sports Club in the dark

Published: 
Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Everglads Sports Club of 149 Cumuto Road, Barrackpore is making a renewed effort to have its community sports grounds flood-lit, just like scores of other facilities throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

However, their plans have been stymied after light poles for the project were mysteriously removed from the site shortly after the General Elections of September 2015.

Since then, questions have been asked, and no answers provided, as to when the facility will be provided with flood-lights to allow its club cricketers and members of the public to use the ground for a range of activities, as other communities.

The Everglads Sports Club has been in existence for over 35 years with its primary objective of providing the members of the rural community with an adequate recreation facility. This is designed to benefit not only the youths who participate in sports competitions, but the mature men and women who exercise and engage in keep-fit programmes as well.

Over the years, Everglads has played cricket at the highest level, competing in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board’s South-East Division. Currently their cricketers play in the Southern Sports Minor League.

Recently, the club has set as a priority the development of the ground with assistance from the National Commission for Self Help and has successfully built a pavilion. But the project to provide lights started in mid-2015, with the backing of its executive and the Ministry of Public Utilities.

Much progress was made, so much so, that poles to mount the flood-lights were delivered on the ground in anticipation of having them erected, equipped and connected. However, shortly after the September 2015 General Elections, the poles were suddenly removed by T&TEC without any explanation.

Not daunted and in keeping with the challenge of developing the facility, the executive and members of the Everglads Sports Club, recently held an opening ceremony for their new pavilion, in addition to a thanksgiving service to commission the 2017 cricket season.

The event attracted many prominent people and dignitaries in the community including chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, Gowrie Roopnarine; local government councillor Rafi Mohammed; and president of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath, among others.

The event was deemed a huge success as the attendance in numbers exceeded 150 persons. However, the burning question on everyone’s lips was, why was Everglads and the community of Cumuto, Barrackpore being kept in the dark and deprived of the use of its sports facility after hours.