UWI Sport for Development Initiative


Sport for Development Initiative

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has provided a Technical Assistance (TA) Grant to the University of the West Indies (UWI) to undertake a comprehensive Sport for Development Initiative for the Caribbean.  The UWI Sport for Development Initiative is a multi-dimensional and integrated approach to align the value and benefits of sports towards the sustainable development of Caribbean societies.  This initiative is designed to develop sport as a vehicle for economic growth and community development.  Through a comprehensive proposal for the enhancement of infrastructure, programmes, equipment and meaningful partnerships, the UWI seeks to provide affordable access to higher education and training for persons interested and involved in the sport industry.  

Projects under the Sport for Development Initiative

UWI Faculty of Sport Social Inclusion and Empowerment Programme modelling two innovative methodological approaches to enhance The UWI capacity to effectively establish
athlete-centred, socially inclusive and integrated programmes.

UWI Community Inclusion Programme

The Community Inclusion Programme (CIP) models an approach for gender sensitive community engagement fostering good health and well being through “sports bubble and regional champions’ tour”.  This component is designed as a pilot programme of health and wellness promotions, academic recruitment opportunities, career fairs among BMCs engaging elite regional athletes, health practitioners, educators, trainers, counsellors and other relevant professional services toward more inclusive communities and sustainable partnerships.


Regional Emerging Athletes Development Programme

The Regional Emerging Athletes Development (READ the Game) Programme pilots an
athlete-centered methodological approach for short-term new and emerging talents intensive training and mentoring programmes (internships and exchanges) for male and female national athletes at the respective UWI Academies of Sport.

READ the Game programme aims to identify potentially elite athletes and provide an integrated framework to support their development, monitor progress and capture data that would be built into a recursive programme for athlete development and performance improvement.



Project Gold

The initiative, dubbed 'Project Gold' (Guidance, Opportunities and Lessons for Development), was launched at the Triple Century Sports Bar, New Kingston on April 6, 2018.  Project patrons are Netballer, Simone Forbes, Olympian, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; Jamaica and West Indies cricketer, Chris Gayle; and former 'Reggae Boyz' national football team captain, Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner. The Faculty of Sport welcomes the opportunity to partner with the project patrons in successfully completing this initiative. 

Daren Ganga Foundation (DGF)

In May 2018, the Daren Ganga Foundation (DGF) launched its prestigious Daren Ganga Cricket Academy (DGCA), at UWI SPEC, St Augustine with the primary aim of fulfilling one of its strategic objectives as a charitable organization. In keeping with the DGCA’s vision to give aspiring young cricketers the opportunity to develop their cricket skills in a holistic environment, the DGCA partnered with the UWI St Augustine, Academy of Sport in the Faculty of Sport.

SOS Outreach - Open Campus Academy of Sport

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Academy of Sport (OCAS) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) women’s teams partnered to host an outreach event for a group of teenage girls from the SOS Children’s Village in Stony Hill, Jamaica. The event occurred on Sunday, June 17, 2018, during the West Indies women's cricket tournaments being held in Jamaica.

Open Campus Academy of Sport and Cricket West Indies Host Outreach in Antigua

From the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal. Tuesday, June 11, 2019