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Home for football by September 2018

Saturday, September 30 2017

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Football will finally get a. home of its own. The sod was. officially turned yesterday. for a 72-room sports hotel in. Couva which is expected to be. completed by September next. year. The “home of football”. will be located at the eastern. side of the National Cycling. Velodrome, running parallel. to the Solomon Hochoy Highway.

Addressing the gathering,. an elated TT FA president, David. John-Williams, said after. 109 years, football in TT. will finally have a home of its. own. He also announced plans. for a grassroots programme. where the TT FA will team up. with the Ministry of Education. for a training programme. targetting youths from five. years old to nine years. He explained. that 2000students from. schools across the country will. be selected for the initiative.

John-Williams said 80 schools. will be brought on board to. start the programme and equipment. will be provided, while. coaching staff will come from. the TT Pro League. Nu Iron. a subsidiary of NUCOR will. sponsor the initiative to the. tune of US$100,000 for the first. two years. TT FA will contribute. a further $50,000 to the effort.

CONCACAF General Secretary,. Philippe Moggio, complimented. the TT FA on the football. home, saying it will change. football in TT and provide opportunities. for young players.

He said the sod-turning symbolises. the rebirth of football in. TT and praised John-Williams. for his vision.

Also present at the historic. occasion was Sports Minister. Darryl Smith who hailed the. venture and spoke of the positive. effect the facility will have. on the sports tourism thrust.

Dinanath Ramnarine, Chairman. of the Sport Company of. Trinidad and Tobago reiterated. Smith’s sentiments and lauded. the TT FA for putting the wheels. in motion.

“It is a wonderful initiative. that the TT FA as a sporting. organisation to take that kind. of bold step. David John-Williams. and his team have to be. congratulated. It demonstrates. the direction he is attempting to. take the organisation. Football. has gone through a very difficult. period over the years and. David has certainly channelled. his energies in taking football in. a positive direction.”. Ramnarine said because of. the location of the TT FA hotel,. it should be able to sustain itself. as it will generate income when. teams from around the world. come to not only play football. but train or compete at the National. Cycling Velodrome, Ato. Boldon Stadium or National. Aquatic Centre.

“Having a facility like that. in Couva is fantastic because. it supports the Cycling Velodrome. and Aquatic Centre and. is in keeping with the sporting. hub in central Trinidad. It helps. in the sport tourism. It’s a good. idea and it’s turning out to be a. quite a beautiful thing,” Ramnarine. said.

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