St John’s Institution Kuala Lumpur (SJI) will soon have world-class sports facilities when phase one of its sports facilities development programme (SFDP), an initiative by the St John’s Alumni Association (SJAA), is completed.
SJAA vice-president Datuk Azaddin Abdul Aziz said work on the SFDP started in June and it was aimed at raising the standard of sports at the school as well as continuing its legacy of sporting excellence and involvement in co-curricular activities.
SFDP comprises two phases of implementation. Phase one involves the renovation of badminton, volleyball, basketball, futsal and sepak takraw courts while phase two includes improving the school field using artificial grass technology.
“Through this project, the current batch of students will be able to enjoy world-class sports facilities via the use of the latest surface technology and setting up of nets and goalposts.
“The school will be able to enjoy the facilities at a minimum cost. SFDP is entering its final phase with the rubber surface being installed at the respective courts,” he said.
Azaddin added that SJAA was considering forging strategic partnerships with several sponsors to build a sports development programme in the long run so that the school would have strong teams to participate in various sport events and competitions.
SJI principal Manmohan Singh Kartar Singh expressed the school’s appreciation to one of its old boys, Datuk Lester Tay, for sponsoring the project.
He added that SFDP would not have been achievable if not for the assistance and cooperation given by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, SJAA and the school’s board of governors.
Upon completion, six other schools within the vicinity of Bukit Nanas namely SK St John’s 1 & 2, SK Convent Bukit Nanas 1 & 2, SMK Convent Bukit Nanas and St John’s International School would also benefit from the facilities.
SJI alumni include Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, National Sports Institute chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Zabidi, Mount Everest climber Datuk N. Mohandas, football legend the late Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Minhat, badminton legend Datuk James Selvaraj and track queen Datuk Marina Chin, among others.