.The Genesis Of G.C Foster College
Gerald Claude Eugene Foster’s (G.C. Foster) torch is still ablaze as the noble institution G.C. Foster
College Of Physical education And Sports still reign as one of the best teacher’ college in Jamaica. The name (G.C.
Foster) is indicative of the quality institution it underwrites and the expectations thereof are the name of an outstanding
Jamaican of sporting, teaching and coaching background. However, there are other aspects of this academy. Exclusive in its
position, as the only institution of Physical Education and Sports in the English-speaking Caribbean. G.C.
Foster College of Physical Education and
Sport offers three academic programmes: the three-year diploma in conjunction with the Joint Board of Teacher Education, University
of the West Indies; the two-year certificate for coaches and accomplished sportsmen and women;
and the Bachelor of Physical Education degree programme in conjunction with the University Council of Jamaica.
The three-year diploma
provides teacher training in Physical Education as a specialist area as well as a minor in Human and Social Biology. The Bachelor
of Physical Education is a four-year programme. It supplies the need for advanced training in Physical Education. In addition
to the need for advanced training, there is the reputation attached to being a degree-granting institution.
Jamaicans are not the only
scholars in this institution, but students from other English-speaking Caribbean countries.
The degree programme also paves the way for the Master's and Doctoral studies that can be done abroad.
The college is a full-time
co-educational residential institution located at Angels, St. Catherine, off the main thoroughfare from Spanish
Town to Linstead, and is approximately 20 miles from Kingston.
grant from Cuba
In January 1978, a proclamation
was made that the Government of Cuba was making a grant to Jamaica
in the form of three institutions. One of these institutions was the G.C.
Foster College. It was to be
constructed in Spanish Town.
In March 1978, a group
of Jamaicans went to Cuba on a surveillance tour of institutions similar
to the one that was to be set up in Jamaica.
On their return, a report was made which indicated that some modifications would be necessary as the Cuban institutions were
serving a society with a different socio-cultural structure.
Consequently, a seven-man
curriculum commission was established under the leadership of Leslie Johnstone, who was director of vocational training in
the Youth and Sports Ministry at that time.
The opening of G.C. Foster College
was on September 11, 1980.It was opened with facilities for the major sports played in Jamaica. The main objective of the college is to train specialist teachers in physical
education and sport. The training spans a period of three academic years (six academic semesters) and the final award gives
qualified teachers' status to all students who complete the three-year programme leading to a diploma. The programme is accredited
by Joint Board of Teacher Education.
maintains liaisons with other tertiary institutions and the National Institute of Sports. It is closely allied to the Inter-Collegiate
Sports Association and attached to other individual sports associations. The G.C.
Foster College of Physical Education
and Sport serves as a centre for the entire sporting communities. Its facilities are utilized for research and providing informational
services in the area of sport.
Other objectives of the college include providing in-service education for teachers
and sports administrators and administering courses and seminars in sport and physical education. The original buildings and
equipment are gifts from the Cuban Government to the people of Jamaica.
Some important features include a gymnasium, indoor and outdoor volleyball, netball, and badminton and tennis courts.
There is also an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a diving pool, a 400-metre track, two football fields and a cricket and hockey
In 1990, a two-year certificate
programme in coaching was introduced. Further development in the area saw the introduction of the degree programme in 1995.
To enter this programme you must have a G.C. Foster diploma or its equivalent.
In its first year on the
competitive scene, the college demonstrated supremacy. In that year, the college won the Glen Owen trophy for cricket, the
Intermediate Division Trophy for netball and the Norman Manley Cup for team events in athletics.
Two students, Arlene Washington
and Dauseth Brown, shared the Cynthia Thompson Cup for the best individual performances.
In the same year, the college
was apart of a very successful athletics programme among youth clubs island-wide.
continued to enjoy success in different areas of the sports arena, having won most of the inter-collegiate competitions over
the years. G.C. Foster has also produced Olympians, CAC champions, national representatives and coaches, FIFA referees, international,
national and local umpires, netballers, volleyballers, (players and coaches), cricketers and footballers.