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Work on football home begins
The T&T Football Association, on Wednesday began construction of the first phase of its National Training and Technical Development Centre at the Home of Football at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain Couva.
The football association partnered with the Junior Sammy Contractors Limited to commence work as early as 6:30am.
The first phase consisted of the installation of two Natural Grass Training Pitches to be equipped with flood lights, and the construction of a Player Accommodation Hotel. T&T Football Association president David John-Williams who was on spot to witness the start of work said: “Today is really the start of the project with the commencement of phase one. We are thankful to Junior Sammy for donating some tractors to the association to get the work started. We started work this morning on two of the training fields in terms of getting it down to final grade before starting the actual specialist work of planting the grass and laying the surfaces.”
“It is really exciting times with the start of phase one. The objective of the TTFA is to get these fields ready by the end of November, 2017, all flood lit and available to facilitate the development of Trinidad and Tobago football, particularly all our national teams from under 13s to senior team which will now be able to try anytime during day or night,” he added.
Junior Sammy also spoke of his support to the development centre, saying: “I have known David for several years and I was most happy and willing to offer assistance to this project after he explained what it was all about. I think it’s an important development for football and I am all too happy to be able to support it.”
The embattled football association had only last month announced Cabinet’s approval of lands near the Ato Boldon Stadium for the TTFA’s Home of Football. In addition to the two training pitches and player accommodation hotel, the first phase also comprises a beach soccer pitch. The second phase will include four other pitches that will comprise of both artificial and natural grass surfaces and a futsal court.
Meanwhile, the TTFA has received approval from FIFA, the world governing body for football, to restart the Income Generation Project which was stalled under the previous administration. This project will now take the form of an Entertainment and Sports Bar and Restaurant project at the Home of Football.