Haiti

Centre Sport pour l'Espoir Haiti IOC

The second Sport for Hope Centre was inaugurated in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in July 2014, and has seen generous support from the Olympic Movement, International Sports Federations and the government of Haiti.

Since its opening, the Centre has hosted numerous sports camps for children and young athletes, as well as educational workshops, technical seminars for coaches and dedicated workshops for sports journalists.

The Centre, built at a cost of USD 18.7 million, was a joint initiative between the IOC, its key stakeholders and the Haitian government. The Centre is now managed by the Sport for Hope Foundation, which values its contribution to social change and human development.

 

Infrastructure
Infrastructures

 

The multipurpose complex is located on land donated by the government of Haiti. It features two large indoor practice halls, an indoor competition hall with a spectator capacity of 2,500, and a number of outdoor courts and pitches. In all, 14 Olympic sports are practised at the Centre: football, rugby, athletics, volleyball, basketball, handball, tennis, judo, taekwondo, boxing, karate, badminton, table tennis and weightlifting.

Furthermore, the complex has three classrooms, offices, a fitness centre, a medical centre, changing room and a gazebo. The accommodation building, offering 144 beds and financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has become operational in spring 2016.

A medical centre is currently being set up in cooperation with the Red Cross Movement on land set aside for the Sport for Hope Centre. It will offer an emergency medical unit and ambulance base and will be operated by the American Red Cross and the Red Cross of Haiti.

Scope of acivities

Inauguration of the Centre Sport pour l'espoir - Haiti. Demonstration of martial arts. Port-au-Prince (Haiti), 2014. IOC/RETAMAL, Hector

  • Sport for All (High Performance, Academy, Grassroots)
  • Education
  • Culture
  • Medical care
  • Life Skills development
  • Social development

The Centre has hosted several major sporting events, including the National Championships in taekwondo, table tennis, volleyball, badminton, athletics and tennis, and a major Paralympic event with more than 1,000 athletes.

Since its inauguration, various International Federations have hosted training sessions, coaching clinics and other activities, e.g. table tennis (ITTF), hockey (IHF), rugby (World Rugby), badminton (BWF) and volleyball (Norceca).

 

The Centre in numbers

Inauguration of the Centre Sport pour l'espoir - Haiti. Demonstration of boxe. Port-au-Prince (Haiti), 2014. IOC/RETAMAL, Hector

Over a dozen sports are practised at the Centre, including athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, football, handball, hockey, judo, rugby, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis and volleyball.

Over the years, the six-week Summer Camp has attracted a great deal of favourable attention from local communities as well as internationally. Locally, it is perceived as an alternative space for the construction of positive life habits and a better future. Welcoming 555 local children to their first ever summer camp experience in 2014, the camp saw this number more than double in 2015, reaching 1,345 young people from the surrounding communities.

The School Programme welcomed 839 students from 36 participating schools in the 2014-2015 school year. For the 2015-2016 school year, the programme has expanded its reach to 1,600 young people from 40 different schools.

Currently, 26 children (13 girls and 13 boys) who have dropped out of school are taking part in the Integration Programme. More precisely, the programmes has nine children aged 8-9, nine children aged 10-11 and eight children aged 12-14.

The MultiSport Academy Programme was initiated by the Centre's programme coordination team in response to the 2014 Summer Camp. During this sports camp, local young people introduced to athletics were given the opportunity to take part in a juvenile level competition, where their great performances led them to win 17 medals. Motivated by the will to develop the full potential of these young participants and give them the opportunity to aim for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, the coach wished to continue training these children.

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