The Mayaro Program
The Shape the Community Sports Programme commenced its operations in Mayaro in October 2009. The Mayaro Community was the second community in Trinidad and Tobago to benefit from this initiative by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee.
This seaside community was chosen for similar reasons as the borough of Point Fortin; it is a rural community with a rich tradition of sporting excellence that had over the years been neglected in the provision of sport and physical education programs while possessing underdeveloped club structures.
The program is run in four primary schools St Thomas Roman Catholic, Mayaro Government, Mafeking Government and Ortoire Roman Catholic school. Four hundred and twenty students have benefitted from quality instruction from coaches selected and trained by National Sporting Organizations in the sports of gymnastics, Dance, volleyball and track and field.
In order to develop the capacity and sustainability of the coaching profession in the community, twenty young people are training as community coaches in the disciplines mentioned above. In its first year four hundred and twenty children were able to benefit from the program. An aqua aerobic program for senior citizens also caters for twenty five persons in the community.
Programs are held at the individual schools compound as well as the Mayaro Youth/Indoor Facility and the Mayaro Resource Centre. The principals, teachers and villagers have all welcomed this intervention and acknowledge the role this program is playing in encouraging healthy lifestyles and bringing about social change in their community.