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Longdenville appeal to Warner for help

Thursday, February 18 2010

SEVERAL cricket clubs in the Longdenville, central Trinidad area together with their members have called on FIFA Vice President and MP for Chaguanas West Jack Austin Warner to assist them in getting much needed facilities for the district.

In a well-attended meeting which was held on Saturday, the Longdenville-based clubs outlined all the woes they are experiencing, chief being the absence of any public recreation ground in the area and the dwindling support and assistance given to them by the privately owned recreation grounds.

The clubs complained that their aspirations for excellence in sport especially cricket have been drastically affected.

The meeting was attended by the Councillors of the Chaguanas Borough Corporation headed by the Mayor of Chaguanas, Natasha Navas who was accompanied by Deputy Mayor Orlando Nagessar and Councillors Ronald Heerah, Felisha Isahak, Gopaul Boodhan and Joey Samuel.

After listening to the complaints from the clubs, Warner agreed that he will assist by soliciting assistance from outside the country since he does not believe that the Government will assist them.

Warner suggested that he will use his influence overseas to have Longdenville twinned with a foreign village where such assistance which is presently needed can be provided.

He also promised that he will be meeting with the Chaguanas Borough Corporation very soon to discuss with them what measures can be implemented in the short term.

Warner reminded the officials that he got his early education at Longdenville Government Primary School and as such there will always be a place in his heart for the district and its people.

A five-man committee was selected on Saturday to continue on-going discussions with Warner.

“We held a cordial meeting to discuss the way forward for these clubs in Longdenville who are craving better opportunities and better facilities for their cricket and we did in fact make some head way which is a step in the right direction at this stage,” Warner said.

“If it is that we have to seek assistance from outside of the country, then we shall do that as I have promised them that I will take whatever necessary steps required to ensure that the cricket loving people of Longdenville can have a fair opportunity of aspiring towards excellence in the sport which they love so much and can use as a vehicle to improve the community and give them some form of recreation,” Warner concluded.

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