The road is now clear for the Grenada Football Association (GFA) to have its own secretariat.
A sod-turning ceremony to mark the commencement of work for the headquarters of the local football body was held last week Thursday and involving President of the Confederation of Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF), Jeffrey Webb and Youth and Sports Minister, Emmalin Pierre.
The headquarters will be built at Queen’s Park, St. George’s on the location of the old saw mill at a cost of $1M.
Technical Director of GFA, Lester Smith told reporters he is confident that construction of the building could begin before the end of the year.
Smith said that the local football body had looked at several locations in the search for a suitable site before settling for the area at Queen’s Park.
“It was a process where we were at Beausejour (St. George’s) at one time, then we went to the old (Government) Laundry at the foot of the Darbeau (St. George’s) Hill, we were at the old Community Centre at River Road looking for the ideal spot, and finally we came up with that spot which I think is even more than convenient, close to the stadium, close to the Queen’s Park Field and with ease at which you can really get to the headquarters of the GFA,” he remarked.
The soon-to-be-built headquarters for local footballers will be fitted with a gymnasium, dormitories and storerooms.
GFA has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the refurbishment of the Fond Recreation Grounds in St. Patrick’s to the tune of over $1M.
An excited Smith said the project in the north of the island will include the erection of flood lights of international standards for the field, refurbishment of the pavilion and the erection of additional bleachers.
According to Smith the money is already lodged with GFA, just waiting to be used up.
He said, however, the association will first proceed with the tendering process for the project.
“Any time from now you can see work starting on this project,” he said.
The GFA Technical Director believes football in Grenada is growing and spoke of the football body now having 39 clubs as members.