In the summer of 2017 we were able to purchase an area of wasteland opposite our main school site in Cite Soleil. In September 2018, when the new year started at AGHS, we were able to unveil our new sport court. This was the outcome of months of planning, fundraising and demanding work in what can be a challenging environment.
Before the sports court
To put context into the difference this sports court has made, the children used to play sports between the classrooms pictured below, with no benches, floor markings or balls…
The sports court now
Thanks to everyone involved, the AGHS has an amazing sports court featuring: basketball hoops, spectator bleachers, perimeter walls for safety, an 8m² dressing room, sports equipment and painted court markings.
Jane and Gregory were lucky to be in Haiti at the time of the opening and witnessed first-hand the joy of the students playing a variety of sports, now added into the curriculum, and after school clubs.
Thank you all for helping to make this dream a reality.
Sports Kit Donated by Leicester Grammar School
We’d also like to say another big thank you to the sports kit donation made by Leicester Grammar School.
Last month, we were delighted to receive several team sports kits to take out to Haiti for use at our new sport facility at our high school. Mrs Charlotte Calland from Leicester Grammar School organised the collection of sport kit, which we are in the process of transporting to Haiti.
L-R: Alisdair Wicks (Captain of Rugby), Harry Pounds (Captain of Cricket), Sam Eveleigh (Captain of 1st team Rugby), Jane Holden (Director of Fundraising, AGF), Georgina Collins (Captain of Hockey), Emily Grimmett (Captain of 1st team Netball), Rhea Parmar (Captain of Netball) and Mrs Charlotte Calland (Head of Netball)
Benefits of the sports court
The sports court is being used every day after school, and even at weekends for voluntary sports activities. It gives the students the access to play sports in a safe yet fun environment, and the opportunity to represent their school in different sports competitions.
Not only does the sports court bring mental and physical benefits to the students, it has also provided us with the springboard to get involved with other charities.
One of these charities is called The Sanneh Foundation. TSF, founded by former LA Galaxy soccer player, Tony Sanneh, is a not for profit US organisation that provides English classes, soccer training and meals to over 320 Haitian children.
Working in partnership with TSF Haitian Initiative, a selection of girls from the AGHS will be participating in training sessions after school and will be fed twice a day – once with AGF and once through TSF.