FIFA officials hold pitch maintenance seminar
Regional FIFA officials are holding a seminar on football field maintenance in Bermuda.
The two-day seminar, which started at Goose Gosling Field yesterday, is being delivered by FIFA consultant Xavier Todera and project manager Stuart Larman.
Yesterday’s practical session focused on how to maintain the Island’s artificial pitches at Goose Gosling Field and BFA Field.
Minister of Community and Cultural Development Wayne Scott said in a statement that Bermuda was blessed with a high standard of natural and synthetic surfaces.
“The Ministry of Sports and this Government recognise the importance and the value of sports as part of the cultural fabric of our country,” he said.
“Structured sports are an integral part of developing our young people, teaching them discipline, respect, and commitment.
“The Government of Bermuda has had a long standing, supporting relationship with the BFA over the years and we look forward to continuing to work closely together.
“Without adequate facilities, structured football would not be possible. We are pleased that we have the National Sports Centre, with one of the best natural surfaces in CONCACAF.
“We have two synthetic surface fields, ‘FieldTurf’, with the BFA field and the BAA field.
“We have multiple other good natural surface fields all across the Island.”
Earlier this month a delegation from FIFA spent a week on the Island as part of an appraisal of the Bermuda Football Association.
FIFA have recently committed $1.3 million to develop the soon-to-be constructed Clyde Best Centre of Excellence at Gym Field as part of their FIFA Goal project.
The delegation met with numerous stakeholders and the BFA executive as part of their appraisal which will form the basis of a detailed working partnership between the BFA and FIFA for the next few years.