To create the best sporting environment in The Bahamas


We commit that we will establish the New Providence Sports and Educational Centre as the premier team sports facility in The Bahamas while maintaining an uncompromising commitment to our membership, particularly the young, as we grow.

The Centre accomplishes this with the help of guiding principles

• To provide all members of The New Providence Sports and Educational Centre with a club environment in which they hold a vested interest and sense of ownership
• To be the focal point for recreation and companionship for all members, from the very youngest to the club elders.
• To give every player the opportunity to develop his or her skills to the highest level of the individual's ability.
• To provide a level of competition commensurate with each participant's ability, interest and desire.
• To provide a healthy, safe and enjoyable environment for all participants.
• To foster honesty, integrity and good will within the community.
• To provide educational opportunities to all players, coaches, volunteers and the community at large.
• To govern and administer the Centre in a fair, efficient, and exemplary fashion.
• To provide recognition of players, coaches, referees, and volunteers at all levels of participation.
• To promote unity within the community.
• To be an organization which is a positive role model and which provides leadership to the community at large.
• The Centre is fundamentally dedicated to and supportive of its members.

The Philosophy

Essential to the establishment of the Sports and Educational Centre is the reduction of crime in The Bahamas by improving the quality of life of Bahamian children, and nurturing ambition by providing access to structured, enjoyable and meaningful leisure activity within the umbrella of a unified community.


Leisure is central to the quality of life of young people, as a key source of friendship, networks and self-identity, particularly in the absence of work, full-time education or family responsibilities. However, here a distinction should be made between the short-term and long term benefits of sports and sporting institutions.

The short term benefits of sports are predominantly ‘diversionary’, ie: the casual integration of youth at risk reduces delinquency rates by encouraging the positive use of leisure time. However, it would be naïve to say that sport alone can reduce the levels of youth crime in society, although it can have an indirect effect by providing challenge, adventure and meaning to young lives.

In the long term, it is the environment surrounding the sporting activity that is the predominant influence on the young person. Sport delivered in a sound ethical framework can engender self-respect, esteem, confidence and leadership qualities, the presumption here being that the social outcomes of participating in sport, rather than the inherent value of the sport itself are the significant factors in reducing the propensity of individuals (mostly young males) to commit criminal acts.

In other words, if I wish to gain acceptance into a positive social group (in this case a sporting club) my chances are greatly reduced if I am inclined towards anti-social behaviour. Once accepted, the individual is exposed to an environment that is one of encouragement and beneficial to social development.

However, most large-scale programmes tend to have either vague rationales or over-ambitious objectives (often motivated by the need to impress funders with an apparent 'economy of solutions'). The idea that sport reduces crime is inferred and simply presumed to be one of the possible outcomes of the provision of the programmes. As such, the vast majority of sports programming is diversionary in nature and does not directly address the underlying issues of character and community.

If sporting programmes are to achieve more than simply providing short-term alternatives to opportunity-led crime, their effectiveness depends on whether they achieve at least some of the following:

• Improvements in cognitive and social skills.
• Reductions in impulsiveness and risk-taking behaviour
• Raised self-esteem and self-confidence
• Improvements in education and employment prospects

Most young people who are less predisposed to anti-social behaviour develop these skills, to varying degrees, within the confines of a supportive family and go on to better integrate into society. However, the vast majority of crime and criminal acts are committed by disenfranchised groups, particularly those involved in the ‘gang culture,’ a problem that is becoming increasingly endemic to the Bahamas. Young, disillusioned men who seek the perceived self-esteem and self-confidence provided by the ‘gang’ environment will commit illogically self-destructive acts in order to gain or maintain the respect of similarly disillusioned peers.

The psychological profile of the young person who finds himself drawn to the gang suggests that young people do so because they see few alternatives and would be inclined towards more socially acceptable activities, if such were available. Logically a properly constituted sports club, based on strong ethical principles would fill that ‘need for acceptance’ while also providing positive goals and constructive motivation which would replace the negativity and desperation that comes with gang membership.


A key aspect of the NPSEC’s mandate is that the Centre should take care of its members for life. A child should be able to join at the age of 5 and feel that he or she is a part of an extended family, within which s/he will be encouraged to grow and mature in an environment that is conducive to such. That is, an environment that takes an active interest in, and is able to exert an influence on, the child’s personal development, health and employment training.

Sport, as a means of combating crime is effective when combined with programmes which seek to address the wider aspects of personal and social development. Rather than hope that these develop as a by-product of participation in sport, the club intends to ‘exploit’ young people’s attraction to sport to draw them towards integrated programmes which offer formal developmental opportunities.

Below are listed a few of the benefits that a young member can hope to gain from membership:

1. A daily homework club under the supervision of a fully trained teacher (see education section below).
2. Private tuition and after school lessons, again with a teacher, but in a less formal environment and with a smaller number of students.
3. Supervised fitness training in the gym.
4. Coaching from qualified and competent coaches.
5. One guaranteed nutritious meal each day provided by the club (see nutrition section below).
6. The Club mentoring programme with older members of the club.
7. College and scholarship advise from the club’s education officer.
8. Careers advise from members in a variety of businesses.
9. Computer training.
10. Regularly scheduled dental and medical checkups.
11. Increased employment opportunities. A potential employer should, based on our reputation for integrity, be able to approach the club for references and recommendations.
12. Regular, competitive sports in a fair and honourable environment.
13. Trust, respect and equality.
14. A safe, friendly community in which a kid can be a kid.

The Rationalisation

The need for a major centre in New Providence is obvious to anybody involved in sports. There are, it should be said, some compelling reasons why it is in everyone’s interest for an organisation such as the Winton Rugby Centre to take on the responsibility of running such a facility.


Winton, as a centre for rugby has been well administered and has been the home of the sport since 1975. It enjoys strong patronage and support from its members who have expressed an earnest desire to see their facility put to greater use.
The New Providence Sports and Educational Centre will be an attractive place for school teams, youth teams and senior clubs, both male and female, to play rugby and football. With around 120 teams currently playing football in New Providence in four major leagues, the market is a large and vibrant one. The same also applies to the sports of basketball, baseball, etc., so there is no reason to assume that the centre will not become the focal point for a whole range of sports.


The key to this is the concept of ‘allegiance’. Today’s society is one in which the spirit of volunteerism does not thrive and generally, though not exclusively, athletes tend to feel a stronger bond to their teams or clubs than to their sport. This is not the case in rugby, a sport which has always been able to boast a strong spirit of camaraderie between the teams, all of which act for the good of the sport. Each club can call upon a large number of members and former players who willingly give their time for the betterment of their sport. The same cannot be said for the governing bodies of most sports which rely heavily on the support of a few and suffer from both practical and political constraints that do not hamper the rugby club.


As should become clear below, such a facility as this will have enormous benefits for the community at large, both on its own merits and as a catalyst for other such centres to be established. By adopting a multi-faceted approach to youth development, the NPSEC has a unique opportunity to exert a tremendous positive influence on its young members.

The Concept

• Winton Rugby Centre has developed a tradition of looking after its own. The three clubs that call the Centre home have shown a high level of commitment and dedication to their sport and to their members. In recent years, the clubs have established a youth policy that is highly supportive of its players and well within keeping with the mandate set out in the mission statement.
• To further perpetuate the growth of rugby in The Bahamas as well as enhancing Winton’s commitment to the community at large, the land currently occupied shall be substantially upgraded to accommodate the ‘New Providence Sports and Education Centre’ (NPSEC).
• In recent years, the sport of rugby has established a youth policy that is highly supportive of its players and well within keeping with the mandate set out in the mission statement. This programme will be greatly enhanced by the NPSEC concept.
• In furtherance of the NPSEC’s mandate, one or more Football Club(s) shall be invited to participate in this venture, taking up residency at the Centre alongside the current occupants. This will provide an immediate boost in membership and enhance the financial and social viability of the concept.
• Baha Junior is a new, well founded youth football club which has already taken residence at the Winton facility. The club has a strong management and support base and already has at its heart many of the core values of the NPSEC as expressed above. The members and administrators have both respected and improved the facilities at the Centre and therefore, this club is well placed to become the centre’s football ‘team-in-residence’
• Coincident with this has been the tremendous growth of youth soccer on the island of New Providence over the last few years, which has served to enhance this aspiration.
• The Centre shall be properly constituted, maintain a safe, constructive environment, employ child protection and equal opportunities policies and be overseen by an elected board of directors.
• Education and family values shall be at the heart of the Centre’s youth policy.
• The Centre shall support members of every age, ability level, race or religion and shall welcome both men and women equally.
• However, the board of directors of the club recognises the greater need of the sporting community as a whole to be able to utilise a high quality and consistently viable facility, both for training and competition. The NPSEC will therefore become a multi-sports complex, with a skeletal full time staff, managed and run by an elected executive.
• Full membership shall be afforded to all rugby club members as well as to any ‘teams-in-residence’ with associate membership to be offered to a variety of other sporting organisation and individuals.
• The essence of the NPSEC is a self-supporting community centre that provides sporting, educational and social outlets for its members as well as for the community at large.
• The Rugby Club is fortunate to have a powerful support base, including several members who have become successful in the world of business, education, medicine, law, etc. and whose commitment to our programmes provides us with a strong nucleus from which to initiate our plans.



The Board of Directors

A Board of Directors is to be established out of the nucleus of the NPSEC which shall be responsible for all Club policy. The elected officials shall fulfil the following criteria:

1. They shall have played or demonstrated longstanding support for the sport of Rugby and/or football in The Bahamas.
2. They shall put the Centre’s interests at the heart of all decisions.
3. They shall act without personal prejudice regarding nationality, race, gender, religion or ability in their dealings with all members.
4. They shall display professionalism and integrity at all times.
5. They shall meet at least four times each year.
6. They shall display no other loyalty above their allegiance to the Centre in their dealings with official club business.
7. They shall not directly seek either professional position or elected office for any family member.
8. They shall seek no personal financial gain from the Centre.
9. They shall not disclose any of the business of the Board of Directors to any non-Board member.
10. They shall not criticise another member to any non-member.
11. They shall uphold the reputation of the Centre at all times.

• The Club Board shall consist of the following 5 Club Officers: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and Minutes Secretary, elected at an Annual General Meeting.
• Each Club Officer and Club Board Member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the next Annual General Meeting unless otherwise resolved at a Special General Meeting. One person may hold no more than two positions of Club Officer at any time. The Club Board shall be responsible for the management of all the affairs of the Club. Decisions of the Club Board shall be made by a simple majority of those attending the Club Board Meeting. The Chairperson of the Club Board meeting shall have a casting vote in the event of a tie. Meetings of the Club Board shall be chaired by the Chairman or in their absence the Vice-chairman. The quorum for the transaction of business of the Club Board shall be three.
• Decisions of the Club Board of meeting shall be entered into the Minute Book of the Club to be maintained by the Club Secretary.
• Any member of the Club Board may call a meeting of the Club Board by giving not less than 7 days’ notice to all members of the Club Board. The Club Board shall hold no less than four meetings a year.
• An outgoing member of the Club Board may be re-elected. Any vacancy on the Club Board which arises between Annual General Meetings shall be filled by a member proposed by one and seconded by another of the remaining Club Board members and approved by a simple majority of the remaining Club Board members.
• Save as provided by the Rules and Regulations of The Bahamas Rugby Football Union or The Bahamas Football Association, the Club Board shall have the power to decide all questions and disputes arising in respect of any issue concerning the Club Rules.
Membership & Affiliation
We envisage several tiers of membership, the players being at the apex of the club’s development. Although elitism is not practiced as a general rule, it is important that certain privileges be set aside for full members only, such as a combined meeting room and lounge.


All former players are automatically full members and others may be voted in as honorary full members by the Club’s board (based on the constitution of the club). Corporate partners are also afforded full membership with the approval of the board.


Although Rugby and Football’s ‘team-in-residence’ are at the core of the Centre, other organisations will be invited become affiliated. This will enable them to avail themselves of the facilities as a base and/or training facility, particularly baseball, basketball, volleyball, and other football teams. Other sports are also under consideration, based on the development of facilities, such as boxing, gymnastics and other sports. The members of any affiliated organisation will automatically gain associate membership of The Club which will allow them use of most facilities.
However, any club that wishes to enter into an affiliation with The New Providence Sports and Educational Centre must agree to follow the ‘Terms of Association’ (see Affiliated Clubs below) which includes observance of the club rules, obedience to the club’s Code of Good Practice and obedience to the club’s Child Protection Policy.


Any team that enters into one of the weekly league competitions, eg. 5-a-side soccer; corporate baseball; inter-departmental basketball, (see Corporate Leagues below) etc. or any individual who wishes to use the club’s facilities (multi-gym, keep fit classes, etc.), will be afforded a general membership which allows limited access to specific amenities. It is also to be expected that the rules of general membership should be relaxed whenever a major sporting event is held or televised (World Cup, etc.). This should be at the discretion of the board.


The New Providence Sports and Educational Centre’s Anti-Discrimination and Equal Opportunities Policies (see Code of Good Practice) dictate that no child, of whatever gender, race, nationality, religion or ability shall ever be refused membership. However, a child must join the club, an affiliated club or be accompanied by an adult member of the club before entering.


The New Providence Sports and Educational Centre believes strongly in The Family. Indeed, parental support for young athletes is one of the most crucial aspects of the club’s youth policy. It is greatly hoped that parents will choose to come and watch their children train and participate in competitive games. As a result, and in an effort to encourage parents, The Club offers General Membership to all other family members of any child involved in one of our youth programmes (see ‘Family Environment’ section below).


Any local visiting team involved in competition at the club is automatically granted general membership for the day(s) of the competition. A team travelling from abroad specifically to play at the New Providence Sports and Educational Centre will be afforded associate membership status. As an incentive for these teams to return, this status will be good for five years (see Sports Tourism below).
Full members should be permitted to invite up to five guests at any one time, as one of the benefits of that status.


The general manager may exclude any non-member from entering the club premises without reason. Any board member may recommend an exclusion to the general manager who is obliged to act upon it in accordance with club policy.
A child or general member may also be expelled by the general manager without reason. However, an associate member may be expelled for a period of 24 hours unless approved by the board. A full member can only be expelled by a meeting of the board.
All excluded or expelled persons are entitled to have their case reviewed by the board which shall make its decision according to the terms of the Code of Good Practice.

Volunteer Recruitment

As far as the Complex is concerned, volunteers fall into three clearly defined, though sometimes intertwined categories:

1. Sports Volunteers
2. Administrative Volunteers
3. Educational Volunteers
4. Mentors

1. Sports Volunteers

a) Rugby and Football
Each member Club must be prepared to provide adequate coaches for senior and youth teams. Each team has a head coach and assistant coach. Teams will train three times a week and play on Saturdays or Sundays. Coaches shall be provided with a small stipend.
b) Affiliated Sports
Any sporting body wishing to utilise the New Providence Sports and Educational Facility must be prepared to create a similar infrastructure as a condition of affiliation.

2. Administrative Volunteers

Although, key posts will be appointed positions, any in-house work that needs to be done for the betterment of the Centre will be covered by the club, specifically the Board of Directors and other full members. This should include:
a) Event Management
b) Administrative (office) work
c) Bar/restaurant work during busy times
d) Ticket sales for specific events
e) Refereeing
f) Any other work, as and when required

3. Educational Volunteers

Due to the specific and professional nature of this category, it is felt that an ‘Education Officer’ should be appointed and given a limited budget to remunerate teachers who are prepared to give their time to tutor students in after-school lessons. The club should have up to ten teachers on hand every day between the hours of 4 and 6 to assist with homework and provide extra tuition to those in need. Aside from this, the club has several members with backgrounds in education who shall be prepared to give weekly lessons in key area such as mathematics, IT, and English.

4. Mentors

This is the most difficult area to cover. Although a mentor does not need any particular qualifications, he/she must possess certain qualities that meet the strict requirements for mentoring. It is also a fairly labour intensive field as mentors, by definition, should not be responsible for the wellbeing of one or two ‘at risk’ individuals at any one time. However, as the ‘Buster’ Mentoring Programme will not be introduced immediately, it is felt that appropriate individuals will present themselves as the Centre grows.Education and College Connections
Several young Bahamians have been good enough athletes to achieve college scholarships in the US and Canada, but have not been able to take up these placements due to their academic shortcomings. This is a substantial problem, especially for government school students. One of the primary goals of the New Providence Sports and Educational Centre is to address this situation.


The Club should appoint an individual who is prepared to liaise with schools and parents and construct academic programmes that fulfil the need of every young player involved in our programmes. The club should be willing to provide all students with:

• A homework club
• Extra tuition in core subject areas
• Assistance with computers
• Assistance in developing study skills
• A full Mentoring Programme (see below)


As the club develops, it should be able to assume that many players who have gone through our programmes shall be good enough to achieve college scholarships. Once we have ensured that they are suitable prospects academically, the Education Officer will, having fostered relationships with various colleges, pursue the best possible avenues for the player’s further education.

Opportunities will be substantially enhanced when the club starts inviting schools and colleges to Nassau to play against our various teams.
For players who are not academically inclined, the NPSEC shall assist in finding employment opportunities and shall consider creating conducting vocational training in certain areas.

‘Buster’ Mentoring

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The details of Buster Mentoring are discussed in greater detail in ‘The Buster Mentoring Programme’ document.

The essence of the programme is to provide (within two years of opening) a network of individuals who are prepared to act as role models, providing guidance and inspiration to young players who, for whatever reasons are recognised by the Club as being ‘at risk’.

This is a major project, but one which needs to be conducted by the Club to prevent our young players from falling through the cracks.

Such programmes are desperately needed in society as a whole, although appropriate candidates are in woefully short supply. It would be a tremendous credit to the NPSEC, should it take this initiative and will greatly enhance the public’s perception of the organisation as a whole, while taking a strong positive stance in the fight against youth delinquency.

Although the mentors themselves may come from outside the Centre (church groups, PTAs, COB, etc.), the environment created by the Centre and its membership provides the right kind of infrastructure to nurture success.

Health and Nutrition


There are a few of dentists and General Practitioners on this island who are prepared to provide free check-ups for children. They do this in the hope that, should any treatment be necessary, they will attract the child as a potential patient, often providing discounted service. It’s a business move on their part, but also a public service.
The NPSEC shall take advantage of this by facilitating 6-monthly dental and health checks for all young players involved in the club.


The NPSEC should, on occasion run First-Aid training courses for its members. Each Club should be in a position to appoint a medical officer who is able, on site, to tend to the general injuries picked up by players during training or competition. This person need not be a doctor, but should have received First-Aid training and have some knowledge of Sports Medicine.
The Bahamas Football Association, for example, has scheduled both first aid and sports medicine courses as part of its in-service training programme and these opportunities should be exploited by the Centre.


A large number of young people are undernourished as a result of poor diet and erratic eating habits. As such, they unable to perform to their optimum level either mentally and physically.
As a part of each member’s daily training regime, the Centre will provide one nutritious meal each day, backed up with vitamin and mineral supplements.
In addition, each member’s family shall be provided with essential nutritional information.

The Family

In order to develop the ‘whole’ child, the Club should, as much as possible encourage parents to become involved. This is where the ‘Clubhouse Concept’ is key. While the child is training or playing in competitive games, parents should be encouraged to be present. The Club will be able to provide:

• Playground - A safe place for small children to play without the parents worrying
• A Laundromat – A parent might choose to was the weekly load while watching the child play or train
• A Multi-gym – A parent could choose a work-out
• A Sports Bar – Or watch the game/news/chat in a bar which overlooks the field
• A Restaurant – The family may choose to eat together after training
• Fitness Classes for women – A one hour work out while waiting
• A Cinema – Or a movie in the rerun cinema
• A walking/jogging track – Or go for a run or walk around the bush trail

Ultimately, and if there is a demand, the Centre shall also be prepared to provide adult education courses.