Housing for athletes at National Sports Centre
New housing for athletes will prove a significant boon for the National Sports Centre, according to NSC Chairman Sean Tucker.
The facility is due to acquire two prefabricated structures originally destined for a development now underway in Dockyard — eventually giving the NSC a total of eight on-site housing units.
Earlier this year the Ministry of Public Works, in tandem with the West End Development Company (Wedco), opted to scale down the “100 Homes” residential project at the West End.
While approved homes are put up around Dockyard's Victoria Row housing, the extra residences will be used to draw sporting functions to the Island.
“We anticipate that this will make the NSC more attractive to guests such as schools and teams looking for a place to train or hold matches,” Mr Tucker told The Royal Gazette.
“We've got teams coming for hockey and football and for the aquatic centre, and we've had a lot of interest from schools who want to have off-season training.
“One problem in Bermuda is that the hotels can be expensive. We feel this housing will be of a hotel standard, better than the dorms that athletes are used to.”
Added Mr Tucker: “It's also an ideal central place — it's very close to Hamilton, we have the training facilities right there. We expect it will be a big boost for the NSC.”
The units haven't yet arrived, and a location on the NSC grounds is currently being settled upon.
A Government spokesman said that transporting the housing would be decided in tandem with Wedco, and that Planning approval would be required for their final location on the facility's Devonshire grounds.
Mr Tucker said: “We're working on the logistics right now, and I hope to have some substantive progress to report very shortly.”