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Published 20th January 2007, 4:3pm

The Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports & Culture has announced the name of the firm who will provide Sports Consultancy Services to assist the Ministry in determining the strategic direction and priorities for the advancement of Sports in the Cayman Islands.

Following the tender process, the successful bidder was PMP Consultancy Limited, a highly qualified London based organization with relevant experience in a range of Sports consultancy projects for island communities, including Barbados.

PMP provides the necessary local insight in the form of Clive Greyner, a consultant parliamentary counsel who previously spent five years as first Legislative Counsel with the Cayman Islands government. The project will be led by PMP’s Andy Preece, Director of National and International Projects, and project-managed by Ben Calveley, an experienced senior consultant. Further intimacy with the specific challenges and opportunities, which Caribbean countries face in the development of Sports policy, will be utilised in the form of Dr. Colin Higgs, a leading academic consultant who has worked throughout the region for many years.

The Ministry is looking to PMP for advice on four principal outputs, the provision of strategic policy direction; the establishment of a national organisational structure, which will define roles and responsibilities of its component entities; a legislative framework to legitimise the organisational structure; and an implementation plan which will realise the country's objectives.

The Ministry intends for the strategic policy direction to reflect international best practice as well as remain in line with the specific needs of the Cayman Islands. The newly appointed consultants will be instrumental in drafting a policy, which takes a holistic view of sporting programmes, facilities and other resources to determine a balance between the use of sport as a vehicle to encourage and promote good health and social integration, and the need to allow high performance athletes to develop and achieve their maximum potential.

It is anticipated that the organizational structure will help refine the roles and responsibilities of the Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture; The Department of Sports; The Education Department; the National Sporting Associations and community based sporting initiatives in the context of an overarching governing body for sport at the national level.

Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Minister of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports & Culture welcomed the appointment, saying, “PMP is an established name in its field with a proven track-record of delivery in sports, leisure and cultural consultancy. Combined with a wealth of local and regional experience, this places the firm on an ideal footing to deliver a solution which is tailored to the specific needs of the Cayman Islands, and fulfills our objectives for sports locally.”

PMP proposes to adopt an approach to their brief which will entail hosting a preliminary workshop with stakeholders to develop objectives and methodology; an extensive strategic review of background information; and a structured stakeholder consultation programme, which will involve educators, athletes, coaches, and official representatives of sporting bodies.