Hanover Charities in partnership with the Junior Chamber International Hopewell & the Lennox Lewis League of Champions will break ground to create a new sports complex and community/ homework centre in Hopewell. The Orchard Sports Complex and Community Centre will benefit and improve the lives of more than 10,000 residents in Hopewell and surrounding areas.
The construction of the new sports complex is one of the largest investments to be undertaken by Hanover Charities with a value of more than JA$55 million. The charity, in the past has helped by funding several upgrades including fencing the football field, painting the bleachers and resurfacing of the basketball and netball courts. As one of the main drivers offering financial and ongoing support, chair of Hanover Charities, Katrin Casserly, noted that “ This joint project is most important and necessary in that it shows our commitment to our children and developing youth who need the support in order to grow to their fullest potential”.
The facility, which will be developed by Grayson Construction with Maffessanti Builders who graciously provided complimentary architectural drawings, is expected to be completed in November 2018. The sports facility will consist of a community centre, football field, basketball and netball courts, homework centre, computer room and the Lennox Lewis League of Champion’s boxing ring/gym. With over two decades since the last renovation of the Orchard Sports Complex, community members especially children and youth are overjoyed at the promise of a new and improved facility.
President of the Junior Chamber of International Hopewell, Shane Reid, expressed that his group of young volunteers will manage the homework centre as well as book the facility for functions and all matches to be held at the sports complex. As a result of the generous donations from local corporations such as Jamaica National, the Tryall Club and Round Hill Hotel owners and community, the facility once completed will undoubtedly revive community spirit and rapport.
The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for November 9 at Orchard Sports Complex in Hopewell.