The 3rd Annual District Sports Festival which is organized by the Sports Division in the Ministry of Culture, youth and Sports will commence on Saturday May 26, 2012. The eight festivals which are to take place in the eight districts of Dominica is an annual event which sees villages within their respective districts competing in cricket, basketball, Football, Netball, Volleyball, Rounders and Track and Field. These activities are held in a fun filled environment and are geared towards developing a greater awareness of sports participation and hence rejuvenating community sports.
The festival was seen as a strategy by the Sports Division to develop sporting structures at the village level, and the Division is please to report a level of success in that regard. A number of village and sports district committees have been formed in recent times and the process at ensuring that others are formed are ongoing.
The first festival for 2012 will be held in the North East District at Marigot on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27. The court events will be held on May 26 at the Wills Strathmore Steven Primary hard court while the field events will be held on Sunday 27 at the Lio Park. Teams representing the villages of Marigot, Wesley, Woodford hill, Calibishie. Atkinson, Concord and Belles are expected to be part of this festival.
Following the staging of the eight festivals the top village from each district will compete in the final on November 18, 2012 to determine the top sporting village for 2012, this community will be awarded at the 2013 National Sports Awards carded for May 1, 2013. Goodwill received the top award for 2011.
The second District Sports Festival will be held in the South East district at Delices on June 3, 2012; villages from Grand Fond to Delices are expected to compete on that day.