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The Department of Youth and Sports in the Ministry of Education has come in for high praise following news that a total of fifteen new coaches will hired and deployed to schools around the island in 2016.

The commendation comes from veteran sports broadcaster Joseph Reds Pirerra who believes that the move will not only assist with the development  of youngsters in sporting disciplines like football and track and field, but will serve as a training ground for further advancement of young St Lucians beyond their school life.

He adds that assigning school coaches will assist young athletes focus on smaller scale sports.

Mr Pirerra also believes that the addition of new coaches will help to create greater interest in a wider variety of sporting disciplines.

The addition of coaching staff at schools here is expected to contribute to the overall development of students’ athletic abilities.

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