HOPEWELL, Jamaica: The renovation of the Orchard Sports Complex in Hopewell, Hanover has officially begun!
On Thursday, November 9, 2017, representatives of the renovation project’s sponsors: Hanover Charities, Hopewell Jaycees, the Tryall Fund, Round Hill Hotel, the Tryall Staff Club and the LOCF all grabbed shovels and dug in, breaking ground on the $64 million initiative.
The building phase of the project will last about one year, and will include construction of a multipurpose community and recreation centre, the rehabilitation of the basketball, netball and volleyball courts, and the resurfacing of the football field. When completed, the two-story Recreation Centre will house the fully equipped Lennox Lewis LOCF boxing gym on the ground floor, with a computer lab, offices and common space for meetings, homework sessions or other small events.
LOCF Jamaica will be based at the center, which will also be the permanent home of the summer and Christmas boxing camps in western Jamaica. This will allow the foundation to run year-round programs, and specifically, to offer world class training facilities to aspiring pugilists. Overall, the entire complex will serve some 10,000 residents of Hopewell, Orchard and other neighboring communities.
Importantly, said LOCF Co-Founder and CEO Violet Lewis, the centre would be equipped to serve both academic and athletic endeavors.
“Our goals at LOCF are not just to provide recreational boxing clubs, but also to support education and the complete development of the individual. We are very excited to partner with so many wonderful organizations to bring this idea to life,” Mrs. Lewis said.
LOCF Chairman Lennox Lewis said he was looking forward to the opportunities Orchard would bring to the community and to Jamaica.
“This new centre will allow us to continue in our mission of building the Next Generation of Champions physically and mentally, and its going to be the best of its kind in Jamaica,” the former World Heavyweight Champion said.