Government will continue to help out sports entities

According to the 2006-2007 Budget, government will be supporting sports associations and local athletes.

In a draft submitted to the Legislative Assembly in April of this year, it was outlined that government sports associations would receive a combined total of over CI $492,000.

Meanwhile, Cayman’s three major national athletes, Charles Whittaker, Cydonnie Mothersill and Kareem Street-Thompson, would receive CI$40,000 each for a combined total of CI$120,000.

According to the document, the money would be given to sustain the different entities until the end of the fiscal year, which is 30 June 2007.

In the budget, there was detailed documentation as to when each organization would receive its yearly grant. In the case of the athletes, it was overtly expressed the amount of their monthly salary. Of note are the varying degrees of funding the different associations earned.

For example, the Cayman Islands Angling Club accepted a reported CI$46,350 in comparison to the CI$30,000 the Cayman Islands Swimming Association received.

Also, the Cayman Islands Rugby Union collected CI$20,000 while organizations like the C.I. Boxing and Netball Associations gained CI$46,000 and CI$50,00 respectively.

According to Angela Martins, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth & Sports, the level of funding received by the associations is not determined by government.

Mrs. Martins said that the way purchase agreements work is that organizations and government have to come to a consensus as to the most appropriate monetary figure.

The organizations submit a spending plan to government indicating the need for funding and intended areas of expense. Thereafter, government reviews the plan and judges whether the requests will benefit the sports community.

If it does, they approve the plan and give the funding. Otherwise, the government denies the request and asks the organizations to rework the plan and resubmit it.

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